Designing Your Own Garden (Part II)

Spring is in the air, leaves are on the trees, and flowers are blooming! This is a great time of year to put your green thumb to work.

Earlier this week, we began to detail the steps that you should take in order to start the planning your own garden.

After you’ve analyzed your space and drawn your garden, you will want to make a list of the different elements that you plan on including. Are you planning an arbor? How about a perennial bed?

Now that your space has a well defined style, it’s time to get to work putting it all together. You’ll want to keep the following two tips in mind when determining what type of plants to install:

  • Use plants with similar care requirements (i.e. watering, soil, sunlight)
  • Plant with the proper mulch that will keep the soil moist in the summer heat

When you’re ready to take it a step further, here is a great article on garden design that is published on

And of course, feel free to consult with Marvin Gardens for more specific, custom design ideas.

Designing Your Own Garden (Part I)

So you’ve decided that you want to design a garden for your home this spring but you aren’t sure exactly where to start. No worries. Not to sound cliche, but you can do it…and we can help. While a gorgeous garden requires planning, work and maintenance, with a little bit of passion and a little bit of patience, anyone can do it.

The first thing you will want to do is get out some good old pen and paper and analyze the site. There are many aspects to consider, such as the garden style you prefer, position of the sun, the view, wind, plant selection and drainage. You will need to factor all of this information into how you plan to lay your garden out, and just as importantly, how the garden should not be laid out.

Once you have all of this info, use a ruler to draw your vision to scale.

Check back with us in a few days for part II of “Designing Your Own Garden.”

Photo courtesy of thecasualgardener