8 tips for garden planting schemes

Use these tips as inspiration to ensure your garden blooms throughout the seasons.

Garden planting areas offer endless opportunities for the overall landscape and are vital to a successful garden design. And, with the help of some expertise, you can keep the colours of your garden vibrant even in the depths of winter.

1.Carefully consider maintenance to choose the right species

How much time do you have?

For young families and those working all day, winter and summer plants, seasonal flower bushes, fruit and vegetables are very time consuming. In their place are bushes, neat conifers, ornamental grasses and tough but colourful perennials which, once planted, require very little effort to look after by all.

2.Choose a planting theme for your garden

Choosing a theme can bring clarity and focus to a design. Examples include edible gardens, ornamental gardens, orchards, etc. Personal taste and the way you plan to use your garden will directly influence the outcome later on, but the space itself can provide clues as to the best approach. For example, sunny areas can be planted with flowers, dark and damp areas with more shady plants, while different colour schemes will give the garden a different visual experience.

3.Use of lawn to divide planting area boundaries

Lawn edging helps you to plan clear borders and delineate areas for your garden. It will also protect your borders when you mow your lawn.

4.Simplify plant varieties by choosing varieties of similar colour

Avoid including all plants in the shortlist as this type of planting can look chaotic and irregular. Try to choose floral plantings in similar shades and not to have more than four colour combinations throughout the picture, as this is more conducive to creating a sense of harmony and unity.

5.Multi-layered planting for more detail

The simplest way to express the arrangement of plants is to place them in layers, whose borders are first supported by walls or fences, tall bushes, trees and bamboo. In the middle layer are placed modelling balls, smaller shrubs, medium-sized perennials and ornamental grasses. In front there are dwarf shrubs, perennial grasses and flowers as well as groundcovers. However, please avoid planting a whole row of plants arranged like that, which is too homogeneous.

6.Use the differences in plant foliage to match flower paths

The shape of the plant is as important as the colour of the flowers and, as it is present for longer (woody plants are present all year round), the shape contributes to the structure of the plant. Colour and texture will provide different visual effects.

7.Adding volume with shrubs

The bush can provide you with green all year round, and the bush also plays an important role in planting. The bushes in most mixed planting areas occupy at least 40% of the volume and are evenly distributed on the entire display frame from the right back to the front. Evergreen plants with good shape and leaf shape should be the first choice, especially in narrow spaces.

8.Vertical surfaces should be considered when planting

The decoration of high level spaces is also very important throughout the courtyard and can be used to the advantage of courtyard porches, arches and fences, combined with neat climbing vines, thus extending the vertical space throughout. Roses and large-flowered clematis are a classic combination.