How to Design Your Dream Garden

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When designing a dream garden, be sure to consider factors like needing a dog area or how small children may affect the garden. Create a dream garden with an enjoyable seating or deck area with tips from a gardening specialist in this free video on plant... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from and we're going to learn all about how to design our dream garden, how you can design your dream garden. Now, we all dream of nice Summer days, like today, where we can sit out in our garden and enjoy all the beautiful colors, and smells, and animals, and birds, and butterflies, and hummingbirds in our garden and that, to me, is my dream garden. A garden is a reflection of you and it's your personality so I say, dreaming about your garden, or creating a dream garden, is like creating a dream party because so much of our garden is actually our outdoor living space. So, when you start thinking about what you want in your garden, or if you have a new property, or even a little small patio, there's so much you can do with it. You need to consider a lot of different factors when you're designing your garden. Do you need an area for your dog, does your dog need an area to play, is there beds he can get into, do you have small children, are they going to get into the beds, do you want to leave an area for them to play, do you want to leave some grass or do you just want colors and flower beds, do you want a water feature and water plants? And, most importantly, you need an area to enjoy your garden so just by having a little seating area, or a little deck, or a little wooden spot, or a little archway, or someplace where you can really enjoy the garden, then it's really important. So, when designing your dream garden, you've got to figure out, do you have a lot of sun or do you have a lot of shade, do you need sun plants or shade plants, are you really a minimalist and you just want a certain amount of plants, you don't want the big crowded garden look because it is your garden, it is your decisions. You've got to decide if you want a lot of garden art and I love different types of statue's and I think they're really pretty in the garden so you want them to be highlighted too. Always follow the eighty twenty rule when you have a flower bed. I've found that if you have one feature, whether it's the tree or water fountain or a statue, always make sure that it's on the eighty twenty level, or line, of your bed. So, not right in the middle, not in one corner, always have it near the trees or I'd have it somewhere where it's going to be eighty twenty in that row. The most important part of designing your dream garden is picking out the plants. So, once you've decided whether it's going to be a center, or shade garden, or a large, or a small garden, or a minimal garden, then you now can go search for plants so make sure that you get plants that bloom in the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring so even if you don't have blooms in the Winter, make sure you have shrubs and grasses and other plants that are going to give you some kind of feature in the Winter. There's so much information on the Internet too, so ask everybody that you can for help and a lot of different plant vendors at your local farmers market or at the local garden center can give you lots of ideas. There's all different types of CD ROM programs too that can help you design ahead of time. So, you can design your garden to every little inch and you can have a grid with little squares or you can just have a garden party and just add plants and you can move them around later.