Orangeville, ON (James Doan) If possible, you should design your garden to work for you as well as look attractive. In addition to relaxing in it, you will also be able to use the space as an addition to the house for other members of the family to enjoy. It might appear to be a problem at first; kids want to play, adults want to entertain, and everyone wants to relax.
1. Define what you want from your garden
Do you want to entertain a lot; barbecues etc?
Do you need a place for your children to play?
Do you want a vegetable patch to grow your own produce?
Will there be a greenhouse?
Are you planning on having garden furniture?
Come up with your own list.
2. Design your garden to meet your needs
It is helpful to keep in mind that there are no rules. Everything is up to you. Usually, problems arise when children are playing and adults are gardening or relaxing.
a) Consider hardy shrubs and grasses that can withstand a few hits from a football.
b) In the case of a small garden with limited space, why not consider growing upwards? Attach climbing plants to a pergola. You can cover the sides temporarily with sheets until the plants have established themselves. The area inside can be used for relaxing or eating.
c) Use containers to grow plants. That way you can move them at will to accommodate various situations or when you just feel like a change.
d) Place your garden furniture and dining area away from potential play areas, and use wind breaks as barriers. Choose products that are weatherproof and rustproof.
e) Make sure the barbecue is located in a safe area. A mobile barbecue can adapt to any situation and weather condition. Consider getting one that is gas powered. There is no need to spend hours trying to light one.
f) Choose games that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. The perfect sport for children is croquet, but make sure the children do not damage your lawn! Teach them how to play.
The most suitable solutions are those that offer the most flexibility. You should organize the different elements of the garden so that they can be moved easily with a minimum of effort. By planning ahead, you can design a garden that will please all members of your family, as well as accommodate guests when you host parties. Work, rest and play all at the same time. Honest!