There are many things that can be considered as good practices when it comes to establishing a garden in one’s property. But out of all the good practices known across the world, the most important pertain to garden structure. Once structure has been established, the rest—soil, plants, water source, shade, and lighting—should be easier for you to take care of.

What Exactly Does Garden Structure Refer To?

Garden structure refers to the framework which supports and organizes the shrubs and flowers of the garden. These can be natural, like big trees, a pond, or stone outcroppings. However, man-made architecture like fences, walls, patios, pathways, arbors, and pools provide definition to the outdoor space, not to mention make it a useful place for daily activities. 

The Path To Design

Before you even think of the design of your garden, you need to first consider the things you need and want. Would you like an eating area located outdoors, a place where grilling can be done, a space where children play, or a reading area? Would you like that space private or open? Would you like it to be accessible via the driveway, or would you prefer that it be located somewhere else? Would you like a kitchen garden that’s right near the rear door, or would you prefer a cutting garden that is near where the pots are?

Once you know what you want, it’s time to come up with a plan. The survey map is the first thing you need in this step. If one is not available, graph paper may be used to create an outline of the house as well as the lot it is standing on. Overlay with tracing paper, then add some items you want. By sketching the plan out, you better define your vision, regardless of what it is.

Make Some Room

Paved locations move you across places, determine your circulation patterns, as well as define living areas that are often used. Hedges and fences work as walls, serving to create boundaries and section off various rooms for a variety of functions. Pergolas as well as big tree canopies make for good ceilings which provide these rooms a feeling of intimacy and distinction. Outbuildings and sheds are good storage options no different from closets. 

Every single architectural element, when combined together, can organize a space. 

Walking Areas

Many designers would agree that it’s important to begin by laying paved surfaces out. Check the areas leading out of one’s home and into your garden, as well as the transitions from one outdoor room to the next one. Be practical when doing this—consider present traffic patterns in the home; convenient walkways work best. 

The choice of materials depends on what was used on your house. They need to match. 

Set Boundaries

Walls and fences provide homeowners a feeling of enclosure and security, regardless if they are marking property lines off or staking a small garden’s perimeter off. 

Rainwater Tanks, Whatever the Size

Because of their size, it’s safe to say that rainwater tanks can be considered as part of a garden’s structure. The correct placement of a small rainwater tank, for example, helps ensure that there is sufficient space for desired plants and ensures the best placement for a path (or any other element of the garden).