As experts in creating beautiful outdoor spaces, you understand the importance of a well-designed garden, no matter the size. With National Garden Day approaching on April 14th, it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your love and care for gardens while promoting sustainable green spaces in homes and communities.
To help you create stunning and functional gardens for your clients, we have compiled essential tips and gardening supplies you will need in this blog. Let’s dive in and make this National Garden Day a success!
Analyze and map out the landscape
Before designing a garden, analyze and map out the landscape to ensure that the design complements the property’s existing features. It is paramount to consider the soil type, including the amount of sunlight the area receives. Additionally, adding mulch to the garden can help retain moisture and improve soil quality.
Start by identifying architectural elements such as pergolas, decks, patios, and stone steps or walkways. Determine the proximity of the house perimeter and identify existing landscape features, such as trees, shrubs, and water features.
It is also essential to determine if borders need to be put in place and if there is any existing hardscape to work around.
Evaluate the garden size, location, and drainage for functional and aesthetic design.
Finally, selecting a colour scheme that complements the existing architecture and landscape can help tie the entire design together. For example, consider the colour of the house and surrounding landscape when choosing flowers and foliage to incorporate into the garden.
Deciding on what type of garden
When helping clients choose the best suitable garden, it’s essential to consider their lifestyle, needs, and landscape. Here are some interesting types of gardens you would want to consider:
Consider the garden size, colour scheme, and climate-appropriate flowers when designing a flower garden. Common types of flowers for a garden include roses, daisies, lilies, and sunflowers.
Additionally, consider adding elements such as garden ornaments, fountains, statues, and landscape lighting to enhance the garden’s visual appeal.
An herb garden is an excellent option for those who enjoy cooking and using fresh herbs in their recipes. When designing an herb garden, consider the types of herbs that will grow best in the local climate, as well as the amount of space available. Common herbs for a garden include basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
Consider adding elements such as raised garden beds, trellises, and pergolas to create a unique and functional space.
Consider space availability, suitable vegetables for the climate, and sunlight exposure when designing a vegetable garden. Common vegetables for a garden include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini.
Adding elements such as compost bins, trellises, and irrigation systems can help create a functional and efficient garden.
A Zen garden is a type of Japanese garden that is designed to create a peaceful and relaxing environment.
When designing a Zen garden, consider elements such as natural stones, gravel, and sand to create a calming and meditative space. Additionally, consider adding elements such as natural stones, bamboo, bonsai trees, and water features such as a small fountain or pond to enhance the tranquil atmosphere.
Ultimately, the key is to work closely with clients to create a garden tailored to their needs and preferences.
Essentials you’ll need
As a landscape professional, you will need specific gardening supplies, including the following:
Natural stones – To provide texture and depth to the garden and can be used for walkways, borders, and accents.
Landscape fabric – They are recommended for rock gardens or areas with hardscaping, particularly around water features.
Landscape lighting – To add an element of safety and security while creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Landscape edging – To define garden beds and walkways.
Mulch – For providing a protective layer for plants and helping retain moisture in the soil. Consider using organic mulch such as wood chips, shredded leaves, or straw, which can also help to improve soil health as they decompose over time.
Creating a beautiful and functional garden requires careful planning and consideration of various factors. This includes the landscape lighting, the type of garden, and the essential gardening supplies needed.
As a landscaping professional or contractor, use the details mentioned above to assist clients in making the best decisions for their property. By incorporating these elements into your garden designs, you can help create an outdoor space that your clients will love.
Contact FSI Landscape Supply today for all your professional gardening and landscaping supplies!