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If you have an area lying waste around your house, why not turn it into a beautiful garden. You can start by thinking in terms of a general plan. On a map of your property, indicate existing natural characteristics like existing trees, slopes, shady or sunny locations and areas where the soil is the best. This plan will reveal where you need to locate your patio, your shade trees and flowering plants and will help you in a more detailed garden planning.

Depending on the space and money at your disposal you can create garden plans for the following:

  • A butterfly patch where you can grow flowers to attract butterflies.
  • A wildflowers corner.
  • A vegetable garden.
  • A herb garden
  • A water feature like a pond, a fountain or even a waterfall.

Apart from these paths, driveways and parking areas are one of the first things you should locate in your plan. You must also leave some space for compost bins and piles and a utility area where you can keep your gardening tools.

Using Accents In Garden Planning

Shade Trees

You can select some native trees of your area with deep roots so that lawns and groundcovers can grow beneath them. Place these on the top of your planting schedule as them take a lot of time to gain enough height to cast sufficient shade.

Flowering Trees

They have colorful autumn foliage and are useful for pinpointing shade on picture windows and doorways.

Shrubs

These should be placed in your garden according to the variety you want to plant. The deciduous and needled evergreen shrubs need sun, while the broadleaved evergreens thrive in shade. Flowering shrubs make attractive screens and dividers but require more space than borders composed of hedges.

Terraces and Patios

Wood, brick, stone or concrete are good materials to create terraces and patios. You can set off your terrace with a landscape piece like a lovely garden arbor.

To reap best results, garden planning should be done keeping your budget in mind. Beautiful ideas can turn into disasters if you don’t keep the expenses required for executing them in mind.