1. Begin with an outline
Before anything else, you’ll want to design the shape of your new garden. You can plan the lines of the garden to mirror the outline of your house. Or come up with a shape that’s more artistic or even a bit quirky, depending on your particular tastes and preferences. Once you have the design in mind, you can lay out a hose to get a picture of the shape, and then mark it with sand or flour, once you’ve got it just right.
2. Start with a clean slate
You’ll want your garden to be as clear as possible before you start planting anything new there. Your biggest issue will be grass, if there’s any growing there now. If so, you’ll want to dig it out with a space or sod cutter. If time allows, you can cut it down as low as you can using your lawnmower, and then cover the area with a layer of newspaper and a thick covering of compost or soil. This could take a month or two, but if you can wait that long, the grass beneath the cover will die. You’ll also need to get any roots, rocks, and other miscellaneous debris out of there as well.
3. Prep the soil
Once unwanted grass and debris is out of the way, it’s a good time to enrich the soil with compost or other organic matter, so it’s fertile for the new plants you’ll be bringing in.
4. Live on the edge
Nothing gives definition to a beautiful garden like a clear, distinct edge. You don’t want the lawn, or other invaders, running into your garden. A nice trench, several inches deep and an inch or two wide will be quite effective. You can also use edging material like brick or short fencing to mark the limits of the garden.
5. Control the weeds
Keeping weeds out is going to be an eternal ongoing battle, but you don’t want invasive plants taking over your garden, nor do you want to share your precious water and nutrients with undesirable plants. Some nice mulch is a good early step to keeping the weeds down.
6. Group similar plants
Placing plants with similar textures and colors together can really add to the charm of your beautiful garden. Grouping by color creates a lovely effect by dividing the space into segments and creates the appearance of framing.
With a little bit of planning and utilization of design principles, you can really make your new garden into a work of art. If you’re not really up to creating a garden from scratch on your own, you may want to call in a professional gardener who can help you design and build a truly beautiful garden.