You will need to plan your garden for garden construction…
At the beginning of any English country garden construction project (possibly involving both front yard gardens and back yard garden construction) comes the planning of the garden for construction – to build a garden that is ultimately reflective of all requirements.
This can cover a huge amount of information but for the purpose of this post it will be condensed to a standard garden size (small property) given predominantly in a town or village.
Generally, we find it is best at first to list the priorities needed in your garden. For example: Patio/path, borders (shrubs, herbaceous, bedding) arbour/pergola, lawn, water feature etc. etc.
For front yard garden construction it almost always revolves around off-street parking – this is becoming more relevant in recent years with council restrictions, parking permits etc. We believe that a good drive for most small houses should take 2 or more cars, with room for the occupants to get in and out of the vehicle without standing on grass/borders etc. This will need to be planned out carefully as it has to be right.
As with the back – lawns, paths, borders will reflect off the drive and should also relate to the house, i.e. front door, side gate, bay windows etc. etc.
We believe that in the back [garden] the aim is to create a focal point for the vista from the house. This will basically mean making a main feature in the center or at the end of the garden, with maybe a curved path (leading to and from) and also borders incorporated with a lawn (as you wish).
The feature could be a seating area with an arbour over, a raised brick border with specimen planting, a decorative sun dial/statue or free-standing fountain standing on bespoke paving or simply a planted shrub border of say, evergreen shrubs of varying heights…. it’s entirely up to you!
If you have small back garden, one option we feel is to not have a lawn but have a large seating area instead (either paved or gravel), with planting around either raised by stonework or sleepers, or more simply, just level with the paving – this gives the planting the less formal effect of melding into the seating area.
A very small lawn can be bitty and awkward – sometimes not worth the bother of owning a lawn mower (especially if there is no lawn in the front garden) this is of course subjective to the individual. However, our own experience shows that a lawn under 20 M2 generally lacks impact and takes away from a small layout.
All the above points need to be carefully considered when the goal is to plan your garden for construction with the overall aim (of course) being successful English country garden construction eventually occurring.
Please look out for future posts about garden construction on this site. They will help you to get a very good idea on many aspects of landscaping.
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