Garden Designs

One of the gardens at Crathes Castle

Garden designs come in many forms from the small  house garden to the large multi sectional gardens of large estates.

Castles, Palaces, Stately Homes and Manor Houses are able to zone off their gardens into many of the different designs. This is due to the size of their estates and the gardening teams that look after them.

Charities such as "The National Trust" and "English Heritage" sometimes take over the running of estates and will bring many neglected gardens back to how they used to be. These will then be opened to the public for all to visit.

These larger estates could  have a kitchen garden to supply the food to the cook, a terrace looking down on a formal garden or a path leading through an informal garden down towards a lake and then beyond to a woodland or wildlife garden.

Types of Garden Designs

Kitchen Garden

Formal Garden 

Cottage Garden 

Wildlife Garden 

Informal Garden

Where we live can also dictate the type of gardens we have. This can be regional where a particular type of plant thrives or the style of the house as the garden can be designed to reflect this.

The home garden should be designed around those who are going to use it. There is no point in having a bowling green lawn if you have a dog or young children as these lawns do not tend to like a lot of walking on.

There is also no reason why in a family garden there can't be different design types in different corners. With effort, determination and a large degree of work a beach garden can be made miles from the sea if that is your wish.

Gardens need not have a grass area as I have seen lots of lovely gardens that only have meandering paths with flowers in abundance. They can be wide enough to take a wheelchair and even children on bikes would love to ride along the paths.

Gardens can be sectioned off or made into zones bearing in mind the direction of the sun and possibly the sheltering wind.

Each garden should have some sort of focal point, that is something whether it is a plant, tree, path or statue to draw your attention when looking at the garden.

Gardens are usually nice to look at and can give a restful relaxing look. Many different seating area in different parts of the garden offers the chance to see all aspects looking back to the house as well as away from it.

A path can be used to give a sense of wonder if it leads behind a tree or a shed. It may only lead to a seat and not anywhere else but with that as a focal point and some clever planting, the garden can look longer that it actually is.

The garden design will go hand in hand with the garden plan, the direction it faces and the choice of plants to suit the soil.

Enjoy creating your inspirational place.

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