How to Design and
Plan Your Wild Flower Garden
by Gabrielle Bennett
To design a wild flower garden, you do not need to be a specialist or
an artist, you just need to be observant and let your creative juices flow.
Look around you, what is unique about your surroundings? Do you wish
to enhance or compliment these things. Will your new wild flower
garden be visible from the house, if so, perhaps you would like to
plant your favorite colors so every day is a feast for your eyes. Are
you seeking a quiet spot to sit awhile and relax, then your new
garden can have a stone bench surrounded by tall plants to create a
sense of peace and privacy. As I said, whatever style of wild flower
garden you want, it can be yours. You can make this a reality if you
plan the work, and work the plan.
To ensure that you end up with a garden design that you will love you
need to take account of
a.. Your own personality, your likes and dislikes
b.. The purpose you want your garden to serve
c.. Growing conditions unique to your area
d.. Amount of time you can devote to maintenance
These are quick and easy decisions to make, the same ones you would
need to make when designing any type of garden, however failing to
plan is like planning to fail.
If you decide to go for a small wild flower garden, then using pencil
and paper to create your design is fine. If you have a large area,
you may find it is a good idea to use a software program to create
your plan. For a large area you need more precise measurements for
hardscaping, sheds, fences etc. Planting large areas can be quite
expensive so you want to be sure your overall plan looks good before
you start buying plants. Seeing it all on a detailed blueprint will
save you time and money by helping you avoid mistakes.
Whether your new garden is big or small it should blend with your
home, your homesite and ideally with your neighborhood. Your choice
of wild flower garden will most likely be inspired by the region you
live in e.g. from a cottage garden in cooler regions to a tropical
garden in hotter climes.
I find that the planning stage of the process to be hugely enjoyable.
You can let your imagination run wild, but eventually you must fit
your ideas into your available time and budget. So let your
imagination run riot, plan your dream garden and then start refining.
About The Author
Gabrielle Bennett is a gardener with many years experience gardening
in different climates. More information on Wild Flower Gardens can be
found on her website at http://www.complete-flower-garden.com/gardendesign.html.