Designing A Garden – Creating Your Personal Oasis

You should remember that it is not just the initial work that will need to be undertaken to create the perfect garden. Ongoing maintenance will undoubtedly be needed. Depending on how you design your garden will depend on how much maintenance work needs doing, and how regularly. If you dream of a cottage style garden then there are always going to be beds to weed, plants to deadhead, trees to prune, hedges to trim and so on. If you are pushed for time, are you really going to be able to carry out all the necessary tasks?

For a straight stone walkway, simply stand at one of the ends of the imagined path. Tie one end of a ball of string to something, or have someone hold it for you, and unravel the string as you walk over the planned route to the other end of the walkway. If you like what you see, drive in a stake at each end and secure the string, marking one border of the projected walkway. Similarly, mark out the other border to the left or right of this line (leaving a gap as wide as you want the path to be).

As we talked about her project I pointed out that we now had four colors in her plan and that we needed to repeat them throughout the design to create some balance. Remember, balance and repetition are principles of landscaping. She questionably stated that we only had three colors in her design.

The best design for a tapering garden uses strong diagonals to trick the eye. The main border comes into the middle of the garden, while the lawn widens as the garden narrows, balancing the tapered shape. The shed hides behind a water feature at the far end, making the narrowest part of the garden an useful spot.

We have an idea of what it means to be in right relationships with each other. What does it mean to be in right relationships with the rest of creation, upon which we depend for everything? What can the garden teach us about relationships – with the Earth and with each other? What if we look to the rooted and multi-legged beings as a model for cooperation and the miracle of God’s creation? Join Angela Herrmann on a journey into the garden to witness the mostly unnoticed events that happen every day. Take time to reflect on a place in creation. Learn how we can make changes in our gardens that foster cooperation.

A perennial garden design might include flowers or might be perennial herbs. Invasive plants such as many mints should be contained but many perennial garden design can be low maintenance. Some might also be flowers, such as a perennial flower garden that sows itself every year.

Climbing roses are prone to certain types of insects that feed on them, so be careful of this when you decide to grow them. There are bugs called rose-bugs that love to attack rose bushes. Experts aren’t sure if they like the fragrance or what really draws them to the bushes, and some even suspect that there is sweetness to extract from the plant. Ladybugs are a good source to add to your climbing roses if you have them simply because they eat the tiny aphids and small mites that attack rose bushes too.