Right now, you might think, "let's just skip the garden layouts and start digging" -- but I wouldn't recommend it ...
... because most likely you'll end up with something that won't look good and won't work well with your home.
It's SO much more expensive and time-consuming to tear out landscaping and start over than it is to plan it right the first time.
Having some good garden layouts really is worth it.
If you're thinking of hiring someone to do the work -- that's fine too. You still need a plan, because a contractor will have no way of knowing what you want until you figure out what you want.
And that's how planning your garden layouts will help.
First you need to determine:
The first thing you'll need to do is take a good look at your home.
Go outside and stand out at the street (or at least 100 feet away) and really look at it. Take pictures if you like. Walk around and look at it from the sides and back too. Bring a notepad and a pencil and take notes on what you see.
What colors are in the materials used to build your home (including your roof)?
Brick can have a multitude of colors in it; consider all of them to see which you'd like to use in your plantings and which would make nice colors for accents.
If you don't like your exterior colors, now is the time to paint, re-brick, re-roof, or put up new siding, so you can see at once what colors will work best in your landscape.
I'll have to admit that color is not my strong point. My husband is much better at this than I am, and if you are anything like me then finding someone you trust to help you with your color schemes is a must.
I've followed designer and color expert Maria Killiam's blog for a while now (link opens a new window), and have learned a lot from her on the use of color in and around the home.
Other things to think about:
Measuring your lot can help you see exactly how much room you have to work with. Take notes, or use graph paper to chart your property.
Water-loving plants are a natural choice for those areas. Also consider putting water features there: ponds, waterfalls, etc. More on that later.
Now, these things are applicable to any garden ... but here's some things to consider when working with edible plants that you may want to look at, especially if you're new to edible landscaping.
My e-workbook, "How to make your own garden landscape design plans" takes you step by step through the process with interactive projects and thought-provoking questions to help you create your own unique garden design.
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