Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Plan a Garden's Unique Touch

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Plan a Garden's Unique Touch

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A HOME is not complete without a garden, whether it be large or small. A home without a garden is like a cake without icing.

A garden frames a house and also adds value. It's the first thing a potential buyer sees.

So, you have decided to create or plan a new garden or gardens -- but where to start?

Planning a garden can be quite daunting for the novice but also the experienced gardener. Being a green thumb does not necessarily mean one is creative or good at design.

Many of us inherit existing gardens, as we purchase older homes -- or you may have a new home with a naked yard.

Sometimes it is easier to start with a blank canvas, as you do not have to work around someone else's design faux pas.

On the other hand, existing gardens can have mature plantings, which can act as excellent bones for a new design.

Getting started is often the hardest part and this is where a garden designer or landscaper can help.

Looking at your garden through someone else's eyes can give a whole new perspective you never saw or contemplated before.

Before engaging a garden designer think about what you would like them to do.

A simple consultation may be all that is required if you are confident enough to take on the task yourself but just require some initial ideas to get you started.

If a guide to the garden is needed, a labelled garden plan for you to follow can be provided, and if the labour is too much for you, a landscaper may be employed to put the plan in place.

Some designers/landscapers only do plans, others may do the whole lot. It is also important to think about what you would like, so you can show and explain it to whoever you have employed.

Keep a wish book or mood board, where pictures of gardens and plants, found in magazines, can be kept.

Write down colours you like or dislike and pictures of structures, such as arbours and water features.

Walk around the neighbourhood or visit open gardens and take photos of plants or features that appeal to you.

Being able to provide these things to the designer will help them create something you want. …

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