Create a landscaping plan whether you want to start a garden from scratch or redo an existing one. A landscaping plan can help you create a garden in an organized manner. Following the plan's measurement, layout, color scheme, materials and plant groupings will enable you to create a cohesive landscape design that will work best for you.
A plan for a rock garden should show strategic placements for the rocks. A rock garden should not have plants, in its pure sense, such as you see in Japanese rock gardens where you will find only rocks and sand. However, another type of rock garden has evolved, using plants that thrive on rocks. Alpine plants that grow on mountainous areas are ideal for rock gardens. Formal (architectural) and informal (naturalistic) are the two main types of rock gardens. A retaining wall made of rocks or pavers is an example of a formal rock garden. It is more utilitarian than aesthetic. An informal rock garden, on the other hand, mimics the placements of rocks in their natural settings. Recreating the environment where plants will grow and look best is important in an informal rock garden. Consider important criteria such as exposure, drainage, background, natural features and existing architecture when designing a rock garden.
If you want to fill your garden with colorful flowers all year round, an English garden may just be the right garden plan for you. An English garden is an old-fashioned way of gardening, which is similar to the ones you see in the English countryside. Create a romantic country English garden with a gazebo, picket fence and colorful roses. If you prefer a more formal English garden, incorporate trimmed formal hedges, statues and topiary. Keep in mind that an English garden is high in maintenance. Regular pruning of trees and deadheading of flowers are requirements in owning an English garden.
Ensure your English garden has blooming flowers year round by planting assorted types of flowers with overlapping blooming seasons. Flowers such as roses, lavender, daylilies, black-eyed Susan and sunflowers are ideal for an English garden.
Create a Zen design with a Japanese garden. Often found in Zen Buddhist monasteries, Japanese gardens evoke harmony between man and his surroundings. A Japanese garden may include elements such as rock, water, sand, shrubs, trees, flowers and architecture. Include bridges, miniature pagodas, sculptures, fountain and a meditation area in your Japanese garden design. A Japanese garden promotes peace and harmony in a landscape.
Creating a paradise-like garden in your own backyard is possible with a tropical garden plan. Make your garden a tropical oasis by incorporating tropical plants such as palms, Bird of Paradise, bromeliads and orchids. Take into consideration you local climate when creating a tropical garden. Most tropical plants require humidity to survive. If you live in a location that experiences extreme hot or cold weather, some tropical plants may not survive. Opt for plants such as yucca, palmetto or cinnamon fern, which are tropical-looking plants that can survive in most areas. Incorporate a water feature such as a fountain, Koi pond or swimming pool to complete the look of your tropical garden.