7 Tips for Designing a Garden That’s Just as Gorgeous as Your Home 

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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If you love spending time outdoors, surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants, then why not extend that same feeling to your garden? With a little bit of planning and design, you can create an outdoor space that’s in sync with and just as gorgeous as your home. 

Of course, it’s not always a walk in the park, especially if you’re in doubt about your green thumb or are a bit caught up in an extremely busy schedule.

Thankfully, here are seven tips you could take advantage of to design a garden that perfectly complements the beauty of your home.

1. Think about Your Space and the Overall Feel You Want To Create 

The first and most important step when designing a garden is deciding on the type and number of plants you want to include in your garden. Some people like to work with tiny bits, whereas others like to keep their gardens extensive and full. Whichever the case, it’s important to create a garden that works for your space and matches the feel you want to create in it.

If you don’t want to use flower beds and your yard is just too small, for instance, you could work with retaining walls and foundations to create a garden that stretches out into the full yard. This can give you more freedom in terms of design.

2. Use Garden Design Software to Try Out Ideas 

If you’re not a pro at gardening, then one of the best ways to approach a garden design is to use garden design software. With this software, you can get garden ideas that will help you plan out your garden in detail before purchasing plants and soil. 

Image source: nchsoftware.com

Garden planner tools are also a great way to find out if a particular plant will work in your space, and how much sun or shade it will get, giving you the opportunity to make changes before your landscaping takes place.

3. Use Plants and Flowers to Create Focal Points 

An important part of designing a garden that’s just as gorgeous as your home is to use plants and flowers that complement and help you create focal points. These focal points are often the thing that people notice about your garden, so you want to make sure they’re looking their best. 

This can be tricky, as many plants can look great when they’re tiny, only to leave you with a huge mess to take care of once they reach their growth and reproduction peaks.

4. Consider Utilizing Vertical Space 

Utilizing vertical space is a great way to grow a garden and save space while at it. Plus, it’s usually pretty easy to plan out, as most homes have small areas that you can utilize, giving you plenty of opportunity to place large potted plants. done right, it even gives you the chance to grow climbing plants that elevate your home’s aesthetic appeal.

5. Incorporate Different Textures and Colors

Another great way to add a twist to your garden is to use different textures and colors in bringing the design together. For example, if you have small bushes or trees that you’d like to add, work these in and contrast them with a huge planting of pink or yellow flowers, or even a large structure such as a bench.

For what it's worth, adding a water feature such as a waterfall or pool can go a long way in enhancing your property's value. It’s a very easy way to boost the look of your garden if you get creative and incorporate different features that complement the overall look and feel.

6. Think about Lighting 

Lighting is one of the most crucial factors to think about carefully when designing a garden. When venturing into home gardening you will want to think about how much light your chosen location receives naturally before going ahead and erecting a garden there. With this in mind, you can easily decide which plants to grow, whether to switch to a different location, or whether to invest in artificial lights that support plant growth.

Image source: ecodeshpowersolutions.co.ke

7. Factor in Temperature, Moisture, and Water Supply 

In a world where indoor gardening is becoming pretty popular, we can't afford to sideline the importance of temperature and moisture levels as well as water supply as far as designing a garden is concerned.

If your chosen location doesn't naturally provide the ideal conditions needed for the plants you intend to grow successfully, you might have to make some modifications to the design, perhaps by including a heater or dehumidifier. A good garden design should also take into consideration the best way to ensure an adequate supply of water for your plants.

Especially if you’re completely new to gardening, the above tips can help you create a garden design that people won’t help but adore!

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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