There’s a few things to consider when planning your garden after you’ve moved into a new property. But where do you start? Taking the time to experience and observe your landscape will give you clarity on how you use your garden and it’s overlooking spaces.
Here’s some important elements to consider.
What’s your aspect?
The orientation of your gardens in your landscape is important. In Winter the sun drops to the north, bathing gardens in maximum light and warmth but shading south facing gardens. This, coupled with cold winds and rain from the south west can make plant selection tricky, though the right planting can screen you from cold winds throughout winter and encourage warming sun.
Maximizing sunlight and screening winds in Winter to directing breezes and creating cooling shade in Summer, this is where the right plant selection shines. Don’t be afraid to remove your existing plant selection that hasn’t been chosen well and replace with a more suitable species. This will ensure livability and reduce your garden maintenance tremendously.
Summer sun shines from the south east in the morning, moving overhead and setting in the south west. Plants facing west need to tolerate hot sun and be used to create cooling shade for people and spaces. Nothing does this like a shady tree or large shrubs planted in the right place!
What is your use of the space?
Is it relaxing to read a book in the afternoon? Maybe you’d like to attract native birds to this space with beautiful native flowers. Perhaps the kids need a soft spongy lawn to play cricket and tag on. You may need a space to gaze at the stars with the family and friends around your outdoor fireplace. Either way make your outdoor space your own to accommodate your lifestyle.
What are your favourite plants?
Maybe plants and their scents remind you of good times with family or you just love the colour and glossy leaves of that tree. Make a list and do your research so you can sprinkle some of this magic on your daily browse of the garden.
What grows here?
While you’re exploring your local area check out the plants that are thriving in your neighbours’ yards, take a photo or better still, meet someone new by asking them what it is.
If it all becomes overwhelming and you need support, then don’t overlook the value some professional advice for your garden can bring to your planning. Save time and money and get it right the first time.
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