Adding Shape To A Rectangle Garden

If you read my piece on 3 garden design tips, you’ll know that one of the fundamental considerations when designing a garden is aesthetics. The Materials, colours, plants and trees need to work together to give you a creative garden, whilst maintaining all of those “must have” practicalities.

Most people looking to redesign their garden, will be on some kind of budget. I’ve never known anybody to have an absolute “money no object” attitude and more often than not the reverse is true. So over the next few blogs, I’m going to be looking at relatively low cost garden designs.

This isn’t to say that they are going to be any less creative than a high cost garden, we will simply use sound garden design practices, to get a great result, without lots of hard construction and expensive construction.

So I’m going to start with the basic, rectangle garden that are the most common in the UK. We’ll assume it’s a pretty standard 12 metres wide and 15 metres long and for the purposes of this exercise, lets imagine it’s south facing.

The first issue you’re going to want to look at is, how do you remove the hard rectangle from a hard rectangle shape? Most people don’t attempt anything like this, they push straight line borders around the edge and have a patio or decking area that is flush to the house, to the lawn and to the borders.

There’s not really anything inherently wrong with keeping within the shape of your fencing but if you’re looking for something more aesthetically pleasing, adding some curves and shape to your garden, will give it some real wow factor, without breaking the bank.

Take a look at the garden design picture below and I’ll discuss underneath the photo, the ethos behind the design.

OK, so this is a very basic design but actually it achieves a fair bit. Firstly the patio is not flush in terms of being a rectangle. This means that your seating positions can be easily adjusted to face South West (remember the garden is south facing), so instead of looking directly down the garden or directly to a side of the garden, you can be looking at the bottom end of the lawn area, where all the lovely shrubs and trees are.

The Gravel area has the rotary washing line and also a path that goes around the back of the garden, behind the trees and shrubs to a 8 x 6 shed and a couple of wheelie bins tucked nicely away.

There is a thin border to the right hand side of the path, next to the fence, this could have bulbs, flowers, small shrubs, climbers, whatever you want.

The trees and shrubs are something you can add to over time. Once you have effectively cultivated your border area, you can build on it year after year.

You’ve got your shed to store your tools and mower and a simple design like this won’t cost the earth. Yes you’ll need to sort out the patio and the gravel path and get your lawn edged to the shape you want it but once that work has been done, there isn’t too much to worry about in terms of maintenance.

Get your grass cut regularly in the summer, get your patio professionally cleaned once a year and make sure your shrubs are pruned and borders cleaned. Then all you need to do is pop to the garden centre every now and then and add a few more plants 🙂

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