Family garden design Hard
Family garden design is often the hardest to create; the main part of the brief is often to have a large lawn area and hardy, low maintenance plants that can withstand the odd hit from a football! Luckily a huge number of plants can be used in the family garden, as due to our climate a wide variety of plants have toughened up to weather like strong wind and hail.
‘Pockets’ of planting is normally preferable, as full perimeter borders create a lot of maintenance. Illusions of continuing borders are also effective where the border protrudes in to the garden blocking your vision down the side of the garden. It can be more aesthetically pleasing than a large amount of fencing and adds intrigue as you cannot see around the bend.
Curved borders are always a good option as boxed borders in the garden can look strange and very isolated. Designing curves ‘off plan’ look much better; this is where you draw a circle on the design board which continues through the fence line therefore leaving a small curve in the border.
Edging a flowing, curved lawn can be very aesthetically pleasing, and as the lawn is often the largest feature in a garden it is important that it looks ‘finished’ for the family garden design