Top 5 Tips For Herb Garden Design

Can you identify the different herb garden design themes? For new gardeners this idea is very difficult to understand. Let this article guide you in creating a stunning herb garden design that is simple for any beginner, yet has a formal look that is aesthetically pleasing.

Here are the top 5 things that you should keep in mind when designing your herb garden to make sure that it looks exquisite:

1. Depending on the preferences of designers garden designs may vary. Your herb garden design would largely depend on your preferences, needs and tastes. In Europe and other countries of the world, there are new gardeners who hire the services of many gardening experts to design their gardens in the backyard, windowsills, or anywhere in the house.

2. The purpose and functionality of the design is very important so that the designer can let his creative juices flow during the design process. The designer may be very creative but that is not enough to create a superb garden. The designer must also consider how the garden will be used beforehand and plan accordingly. This means knowledge in gardening is very vital for a very successful garden design.

3. For basic garden themes, you should identify the proper use of plants, colors, and even in aromas of the herbs. Typically, some herb plants are chosen depending on the themes selected by modern herb planters. For example, you can group herbs that share a specific color, while placing aromatic herbs in a different area or you can fill a section of your garden with Italian herbs such as parsley, rosemary, basil and oregano. These are just some ideas to get you started.

4. If you prefer to design your garden in a formal way, you can use geometric designs like squares or circles. In a formal garden design, the herbs’ colors are properly selected; are arranged by height; and has a good symmetrical design. Good examples of formal design gardens are Knot gardens and Spiral herbs.

5. There is also the so-called Container Herb Garden Design. This garden is made up of different plants placed or planted in containers. Container gardening is considered as a good alternative for gardening in small areas. This design allows for more flexibility, as you can group them nicely and move them as needed.

Let your creativity shine through, and have fun making your garden a magical place!

Garden Design for Wildlife

We all know someone that has foxes, badgers, rabbits or even deer getting into their gardens. Or garden owners that make an effort to get birds nesting, newts and frogs swimming or even just a few nesting solitary bees. Covering some 4% of the 93,000 square miles of this island we’re lucky that our gardens are truly the biggest wildlife park we have in the UK. What’s more it’s not just our individual gardens that are important but the sum of gardens that is vital to biodiversity and garden designers have an important role to play in getting wildlife into gardens.

Individual gardens are usually quite small and it is the sum and, especially, the variety, of plants and features within an area’s gardens that is valuable. Other features such as canal, railway embankments, street trees, parks and other communal green space also contribute to the variety of habitats and resources but it’s our gardens that are important. The message is that whilst you might not have a pond for wildlife, your neighbour might and if you can include trees for birds and flowers for food in your garden design it will work with the gardens nearby that provide shelter for other wildlife.

One of the big stories in recent years has been the demise in honey bees due to many different factors, not least the use of pesticides in the countryside. Interestingly honeybees were thriving in our cities and it’s the solitary bees that are really on the decline. The huge increase in hives has though not come with a huge increase in food sources so even though you don’t have a hive think about planting design with lots of bee friendly plants. Rothamsted Research studied an important group of pollinators, the bumblebees, in gardens and farmland and found that gardens support around 5 times as many nests as farmland, with about 36 nests per hectare, regardless of garden size. This was put down to two important features of gardens: presence of potential nesting sites and food resources. Gardens offer a variety of nesting site opportunities, such as compost heaps and bins, bird boxes and flower-beds and a long and continuous season of flowering plants. The abundance of flowers in gardens provides much more nectar and pollen, from early spring to late autumn, than is usually found in the countryside. The conclusion was that gardens are one of the most important refuge for pollinators in Britain!

We can all do our bit and for those low maintenance gardeners out there you’ll be pleased to hear that it doesn’t matter too much about the state of your garden as a few piles of leaves, debris and even a few bricks can be great nesting sites for our bees and insects. But if you want to be more proactive and help these creatures then start building some bee hotels into your garden design using all the materials you might find around your garden but normally throw away. A few upturned flower pots stuffed with dead leaves is as simple as it can get or you can create some wildlife towers. You can also design some quite snazzy wildlife homes to fit into the style of the house that the garden belongs too. How about a modernist bee hotel for that modernist house, or a Victorian terrace bird box for the terraced garden? Whatever you do think about wildlife when you start a garden design and everyone will win.

Garden Design and Landscaping Your Home

Garden design could be defined as a process of planning, designing and creating the layout for one’s garden. Anybody could design their own garden and in fact many people do, although not many of them would possess professional skills and knowledge in this area. Professional garden designers combine their experience, their learned knowledge and their sense of creativity and employ them to deliver their vision of what a perfect garden should look like. In many cases, particularly when designing large gardens, full of complex elements and unusual features, experience of horticulture, floriculture or even architecture is required.

Landscaping is a process of adapting the natural environment accordingly to the designer’s vision. This involves combining the natural conditions of the terrain with those created artificially. In other words, it includes changing the terrain layout as much as adding structures and objects to it. Landscaping also involves various transformations and further processes of conservation of the altered surroundings, whether they are public parks, golf courses or private gardens.

Important factors

Both garden design and landscaping are tightly related to the humans’ need of changing and adapting their environment. Currently these two areas of knowledge and expertise are almost completely handled by professionals, who specialize in designing not only the gardens or public green spaces (growing plants, arranging surfaces, cutting hedges, etc.), but also in designing additional elements like lamps or garden furniture.

Keys factors contributing to a well-designed and landscaped environment include:

• Determining the desired property profile of a garden (whether it will be used for relaxation, growing plants / trees or if it will serve as a playground for kids) or a wider environment (whether the landscaped terrain will be a park, a nature reserve or sports ground);
• Delimiting the area with fences or shrubs
• Deciding on a desired surface – whether it is to be grass, soil, sand, gravel, concrete, etc.; whether it will have footpaths, alleys, and so on;
• Selecting and arranging the plants within the chosen boundaries;
• Using additional elements like garden furniture and appropriate sources of light for the newly created environment.

The evolving styles

Both landscaping and garden design have changed dramatically in the recent decades. For example, in the past 20 years the garden design business has seen a shift of focus from plastic garden furniture, used initially as additions in the gardens, to exclusive and highly esthetic metal, wooden or rattan sets of garden furniture that presently constitute the center of nearly every garden. Landscaping has also changed greatly, evolving from a domain of rich amateurs to a rapidly expanding field of business, where only the best trained and educated specialists can find a niche for themselves.

At present the styles of garden design and landscaping vary depending on the geographic and cultural context. While Asian arts of landscaping and garden design are usually inspired by traditional methods of arranging spaces (like Feng Shui), European and American approaches usually focus on the formal aspects such as functionality, planning permissions and space usability.