First of all, why not try going with a theme for your whole garden? Rather than making your theme ‘garden’, consider how you could tie together your garden art and how you could choose your plants in order to evoke a particular country or time period. How about a prehistoric garden? An aquatic garden? Or a Roman temple style garden? These are all relatively easy to imagine, but would be sure to make an impression. ‘Zen gardens’ are a particularly popular theme to consider.
Before you set out to hire a professional you must layout your objectives. Do you want a fancy or a simple landscape design? Would you like to have any extra installations; a water fountain, solar lights etc? Your design plan will be laid out following these elements; therefore, be very clear with the project designer what extra items you want.
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.
How far I buried the rocks in the ground? The depth depended upon the rocks size for the particular places of my garden. The largest rocks was buried significantly deeper than the smaller river rocks. Three to five inches was a perfect depth for my river rocks landscaping. It was easy to do and now it looks fantastic.
Use timers or switches to conserve energy. It does not make much sense to keep the lights on during the day. This can be just a plain waste of energy and money. Instead of running the risk of just leaving them on, either hook them up to timers that are light sensitive or use an easy-to-reach switch. Just make sure if the switch is used that it’s turned off when the lights really don’t need to be used.
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.
When winter arrives, you can save some plants by placing them in your home. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Remember to be gentle when digging up your plants; carefully dig away from the roots and gently place the plant into a container.
Container gardening is perfect for the city resident who only has a terrace of small plot with more concrete than soil. It is also good if you do not have the time to rake and hoe a plot of land. Some of the containers shown here look like works of art themselves.