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Garden Styles

A formal garden design uses straight lines and/or geometric shapes. Common shapes used for formal gardens are squares, rectangles and circles. A formal garden will have a high degree of symmetry with a central focal point.

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Garden Design Basics

The first principle of garden design is to split the garden into ‘rooms’. This means splitting the garden into separate areas. Areas could be separated by using walls or hedges or just a simple trellis.

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Choosing Colours

A good way to select colours for your garden is to use the Colour Wheel. The Colour Wheel helps you identify which colours will work together. The Colour Wheel visually expresses the relationships between colours.

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Garden Features

When designing your garden you need to consider what features you would like to include. There are numerous options to choose from. Select a feature based on design considerations, aesthetic effect and functionality.

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Water Feature Tips

Water features including ponds are a very attractive addition to any garden. If you include a water feature in your garden design then follow our water feature maintenance plan.

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Lawn Tips

A key feature of most gardens is the lawn. A lawn has many functions. It can be used to create an open space which is aesthetically pleasing to the eye or it can be a play area, a sitting area, a place to relax, a place to exercise and more….

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Screening Tips

One of the main problems which people have to solve is privacy in the garden. This means that screening is an important part of any garden design. There are a number of options available.

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The History of Garden Design

The first evidence of ornamental gardens can be seen in Egyptian tomb paintings. An example of this can be found in the British Museum. It is a fragment from the tomb of Negamun and is dated around 1350BC. It shows an ornamental pool with fish, birds and lotus flowers edged with papyrus. Palms, fig trees and other bushes surround it. 

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My First Garden Design

When we bought our house the garden was laid to lawn with a single apple tree and chain link fencing. Although I had never designed a garden before I wanted to create a garden that was personal to me so set about creating my first garden design.

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The Lawn - a Garden Feature

A key feature of most gardens is the lawn. A lawn has many functions. It can be used to create an open space which is aesthetically pleasing to the eye or it can be a play area, a sitting area, a place to relax, a place to exercise and more….

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