Garden Design Jobs

Garden design is a living art form. Before you start, it’s a blank slate. A garden can be anything you want it to be.

There are no rules. It’s up to you to decide what you want to design and create.

The first step in garden design is to decide the garden’s purpose. Consider how much space you have to use. Will the garden be used for relaxation, walking, flowers, vegetables, herbs, or barbecuing? How much effort do you want to put into your garden? Do you want a garden that you maintain twice a week or once a month? Once you know what you want, the rest is easy.

Plant choice depends on the climate. Some plants live in Maine others live in California. Your environment will dictate the sun slope, the soil’s composition, the climate, and even what plants and style you can design with.

The next step is to layout a garden plan. Think about the foundation, layout, structures, paths, and style. Consider your budget. Draw plans up and ponder how things will look and feel. See if you can make the garden balanced so it flows from one plant to the next. If you see something you like in another garden, use it. If it works once, it will work again.

Every garden needs to have a focal point. Do you want plants, lights, furniture, water features (see Aquascaping Jobs), trees, rocks, a barbecue grill, or dancing garden gnomes to be the center of attention? Establish your garden bones – the main plants and major structures of the garden. Your focal point might be a circle of red roses, a bird feeder, a pair of ornamental shrubs, a peaceful fountain, or a classy bench. These are the things that will make your garden unique. Take that focal point and consider what other plants you want to include.

Consider texture and color of plants when designing. Color may be the most visually appealing aspect of a garden. White roses or vibrant violets can standout amongst a sea of green plants. Repeating or alternating colors of flowers can look brilliant. Many garden designers consider shades of colors and mix and match colors that appeal to their personal palette choice. Texture and size also highlight different plants. Contrasting spiny plants next to fuzzy and smooth plants or putting tall plants next to small ones can really make for an attractive garden.

Once you have your garden bones and you’ve planted the plants you love, step back and see what you think. Gardens are always transforming. Plants grow and improve, structures age and decay. Watching them change and grow is part of the enjoyment and excitement. If you don’t like it, plants can be replaced. The design can change. Just scrap it and start over.

Designing your own garden is a wonderful introduction to garden design. The best and only way to learn this art form is by practicing. The more things you try, the better at garden design you will become. It takes a skilled eye and a green thumb to be an expert.

Garden design can quickly take over your free time. Many gardeners join the local gardening club or enter their gardens into contests. Some hobbyists become professional garden designers who make garden design a full time gig. They can find work with landscaping crews, landscape designers, home and garden centers, or as a professional gardener.

Garden design is fun. Knowledge of design, gardening, botany, and horticulture are the keys to success. Gardens are peaceful places that can relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize. Plus they can always be reinvented. Garden design leaves it up to you to create what you want to create. When you’re ready, grab a pair of gardening gloves, a spade, and the plants of your choice and design your garden.

Garden Design
Gardeners of America

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