Odors, noise and lights: Allow your senses to open up and record anything else you notice that would impact the enjoyment experience of your new landscape. If they are annoying, you can try to plan to fix them.
There are many types of garden designs and which one suits you depends on your individual tastes. Some would find an herb garden too “busy” while others find it an asset to their home as well as an area to relax. Your personality and preferences are design considerations. Ideally a good design combines well with not only the home but the person.
Heirloom veggies often taste better. They are popular with people going green and growing organic vegetables. Select them if you plan to save the seeds, because the new generation of plants will have similar traits as it’s parents. When you start hybrid seeds, the traits of the new seedlings can be unpredictable.
Most blooms are fleeting. For long-lasting impact, select plants with colored foliage. Look at variegated plants in particular to provide the creams and yellows that match up with maroon and purple. By positioning plants according to their height, one can achieve spectacular effects with just a few plants. We should not be too obvious with our layers by staging plants in perfect rows. Work in odd-number groups and pull a plant or three slightly off center. Mixing up textures, one can get a little variety in colors, too.
Some of the simplest jobs make the biggest improvements. Put sod down over patches of dirt and you will soon have a lush, green lawn. It’s quite a hard job physically, depending how much you have to put down, but is quite cheap and not a difficult job. Once the sod is in place, a few flowers or bushes will complete the effect.
Before I discuss a piece of free garden design software, let me point out that there are several pay for software packages that are really cheap and affordable. Also, you can often find people selling used versions of garden design software for reasonable prices. As you consider free garden design software, keep in mind that they will not be as powerful as the reasonably priced pay for versions you can find out there.
First, decide where you plan to locate the garden, so that you know how much space you can provide to the crops. You can plant in the containers or hanging baskets if you have little space available. This limits your choice, as some of the veggies need a lot of room for developing roots. Pick the large varieties to grow in the ground and the small ones for the containers. A few will thrive at home near the sunny window.
Take the eye through from one area to another with the use of plantings to create interest and extend the garden. Cleverly designing your low maintenance garden will not have it look like a ‘low maintenance garden’ but a wonderful place to enjoy.