What to Consider When Designing Your Garden

Your garden should be just as important as every other room in your home. In summer, it can be a sanctuary where you can enjoy the sun and during the winter, you can appreciate its beauty changing from indoors. However, gardens don’t look beautiful on their own and require time and dedication to get them there.

Designing a garden is different from a room in the house and can be quite daunting if you don’t know where to start. Here is a guide to six things you should consider when designing your garden.

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Before you can do anything, you need to establish what the purpose of this garden will be. Whether it is going to be a space for the kids, somewhere to relax, a place to plant your fruit and veg or maybe you want a bit of everything. 

Once you have decided your purpose you can then figure out how you want to allocate your space, coming up with a clear plan from the start makes everything easier.


Generally, the rule of thumb is to spend no more than 15% of the house value on the garden, this way it will then add value onto your property while still making you profit. Another way people look at it is, you should spend no more than £100 per square metre. Some people choose to spend more than this and others less, just make sure that you decide on a budget before you start, so you don’t run out of money halfway through.

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Professional Landscape Designer

There is always that fear that if you do it alone you will get it wrong and ruin the whole thing but then you might also be worried about spending more money than you have to. However, in the long run, hiring a designer could save you money, as their professional expertise can help you avoid disaster. 


Regardless of the size of your garden, it will require a lot of care and maintenance. If you are looking for a garden filled with plants, vegetables, and plenty of life then that garden requires a lot more attention. If you are looking for something more simple then you could have an artificial lawn or paving to avoid having to mow the grass or having pergolas or canopies to shield your furniture from the rain so you don’t have to put a cover over it.

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Regulations and Neighbours

Although planting some flowers or building furniture won’t really concern anyone, any larger constructions such as garden buildings, fences or walls might. You may need to alert your local council to check that your plan is approved, although it might be frustrating it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

You may need to consider is neighbours, it’s always good to keep them in the loop with something that could affect them in any way from, early morning starts with loud noises to building a wall, which could then affect sunlight in their garden.

Contact Our Garden Designers

Although these are just a few things to get you started there are many other considerations when designing your dream garden. If you have any further questions about our garden design services in Northampton then please get in contact with our friendly team today on  01933 652 786 or by filling out our online contact form.