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How to Plan Your Dream Garden

The first step is to create an exciting concept for your garden that is uniquely yours – try these steps to get started.

  • Find Inspiration

Look through home and garden magazines and blogs; tour and photograph botanical / community gardens. Notice what draws you to a particular garden. Is it the color, the layout? Try to incorporate these things in your garden plan.

  • Consider a theme

Do you love Italian cooking? Why not design a garden full of Italian herbs, tomatoes, and peppers? Love to be surrounded by bold color? How about a cutting flower garden featuring yellow, orange and red flowers to fill your home?

  • Focus on what’s important to you

Conserve water using drought tolerant plants and rock. Create a butterfly and humming bird sanctuary with feeders and fragrant flowers. Create a resting spot in your garden to read, rest and reflect. I love the idea of having an outdoor dining spot in the middle of the garden – being surrounded by food growing as we eat!

  • Sketch up a garden plan

To create a rough blueprint of your garden first measure the area you want to plant. Determine the approximate size and spacing necessary for the plants you want to grow. Then draw out the area on graph paper or using drafting software. (This one on Better Homes and Garden is free and easy to use). This will help ensure you have room for everything you want and allow you to make any necessary changes before you start digging.

 

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