How to design your garden

The design of gardens is a discipline. It's not just planting and watering as many people think. This post is suitable for anyone who wants to start the beautiful art of designing a garden.

There are several aspects that must be taken into account, determine the area where the garden will be, have a plan, investigate the types of plants, etc.

Our garden can be for a reading corner, sunbathing area or area for shade trees, among many more uses. Do not know how to design your garden? What tools do you need to design the garden? How can the decoration of the garden be? Vertical garden or planters?

A beautiful garden can be the most impressive element of any property. A garden can be a beautiful place to enjoy a summer afternoon, provide a beautiful view from the window of your kitchen or even provide food for dinner. However, before investing your precious time and money in developing a garden, it is better to conduct careful research and planning.

To design our garden we have to let your imagination fly. We need to let ideas come up. We must mark the proportion between plants and solid elements and choose the materials and plants to be included.

As we know that designing a garden is not an easy task, we leave you some tips that will be very useful.

Draw a sketch.

Draw a preliminary sketch that allows you to visualize your garden. This will help you make decisions regarding the space you want to allocate for each thing.

To make it easier for you to do so, you can follow the following instructions:

  • Draw the dimensions of your garden.
  • Point out the areas where you want to plant.
  • Put the four cardinal points to know the orientation.
  • Include the places you want to use for leisure and relaxation.

Control space

Once you have the structure, you have to start evaluating the distribution of the space you want to give in a way that is as functional as possible. For that, previously we have to consider the use that we want to give or how we are going to move through space.

Can you imagine a garden without trees, or without fountains, with all the same plants, the same size, color, etc? It's monotonous and visually unattractive, so it is essential to place certain points that focus attention when you look at it.
The amount of these focal points should define the size of the garden.

Search for references.

Takes library books out of the library and buys gardening magazines. If possible, look for books and magazines written specifically for your climate or rusticity zone. If you find a specific plant that you like, find out if it is compatible with your region.

Look on the internet, decoration catalogs, DIY magazines and even visit gardens that inspire you. You can also sign up for a course or guided tour of the most beautiful gardens in your city.

Find the balance

The important thing is to look for and find a balance. If we have a symmetrical garden, harmonious and without contrast, it can cause visual fatigue.
In the same way, a space full of contrasts and movement can create stress or visual fatigue. The idea is to make the space as balanced as possible.

If you also have a pool you can get it integrated by playing with the forms and location of it. But if the pool is already made and located you can achieve its integration with the perimeter of the same pavement. If you add hedges or plants of medium height to the contour of the pool, you will achieve visual union with the planting area.

The color, texture and shape will be key in this process. Knowing how to combine well will give a point of variety to the garden. It will bring movement to the design and generate visual contrasts.

Transmit sensations.

Every garden design has to take into account how to achieve different sensations in it. One is maturity. Nobody likes to see a little leafy garden, with young trees, without bushes.
If you put mature plants during the design process, you will have a garden ready to enjoy from the first moment.

Provides movement with water or vegetation. Put a small font or a Mimosa type tree, for example. These will avoid the feeling of being in a static garden, as they are constantly in motion.


Because all garden design must keep certain symmetry so as not to be visually strident. Keep in mind that we all use the garden as an escape route, to relax. Elements such as pruned bushes placed symmetrically or the use of rectangular patterns in the paved area (sofa, carpet ...) will make our garden have that symmetry that we are looking for.
You can play with stones, gravel, grass, tiles, bushes, flowers ... Everything is good, everything is worth it and everything adds up.

Designing a garden is not easy. When rethinking the space you have available you should try not to expose all the elements at the first glance. The discovery factor must be imposed in the design of any garden. Watch out! We are not telling you to make a maze of hedges, but you must have corners, shrubs, hedges or whatever you can use to create special corners that are not seen at a glance.

We hope we helped you make the decision to design a beautiful garden yourself. If you have any questions, we recommend you to get in touch with a landscape expert or with your garden center.

Saul Saldana Jr

Triple S Tree