How to Start Landscape Gardening – Part 2

The second of our green fingered investigation how to create your own landscaped gardens and become a skilled landscape gardener. In part one we learned how important planning was in the construction of your garden and how you should take your time and start small. In this blog we look at creating focal points and the scale of your landscaped garden, we also offer the concept to be open to new ideas and change what is not right.

Develop Focal Points

Your garden will have more emphasis if you create one or more focal points. Every good landscaped garden no matter how large or small has a focal point of some sort or other. It also will help your garden design as the focal points will be the first things that you place on your template or sketch. Focal points can be almost anything that helps to focus the eye and then to move the gaze through the rest of the landscape. These focal points of interest could include things like ornamental ponds, sculptures, follies, a series of plants or trees, anything that defines that area of the garden.

Always Remember Scale

Scale is one of the most important things in designing a workable landscaped garden, it is no good having a thirty-foot-high tree in a small backyard garden as it would dominate everything around it. Plants, shrubs and trees all have to be designed to complement each other, whether this be in height, color or some other definition. For instance, tall plants should be against a wall or at the back of a flower bed, perhaps you want a common color in a particular area, if this is the case you must know the species. Your design should encompass scale and to demonstrate a cohesion of everything in the garden. By the same token if you do not want to be monotonous, introduce contrasting colors and heights to stand out and make a focal point.

Be Flexible

All good gardeners are flexible and are not afraid of change, gardens need change otherwise they become boring and staid. What may have worked ten years ago may not be interesting anymore, so change it. Take out the old and bring in new plants and features to sharpen up things. Perhaps add a new vegetable patch, or create a rockery to display new plants and flowers. There are a multitude of ways to change a garden, some of which can be simple say by adding mulch in an area until you make a firm decision of what to do. You can change your annual plants for perennials and change lawn areas and sizes. Be open to new ideas and suggestions by visitors and friends and continue to enjoy the outdoor space you have created. One of the key elements to becoming a landscape gardener is to have patience, nature will not be rushed for anybody and if you try to buck the trend you will simply fall foul of it. While things are growing there are always temporary solutions you can utilize until the garden blooms and flourishes, and then you can sit back in your favorite chair and admire your creativity.