How to Have a Garden by Summer

by Annie St. Claire

You might have a gardening nightmare on your hands if:

  • Plastic flowers are the only color accents in your garden.
  • You lose something in your front yard and can’t find it in the weeds.
  • You give up on plants altogether and convince yourself that dirt is pretty.
  • Your pathway to the front door consists of leftover tile from the bathroom remodel.
  • You have more garden gnomes than plants.
  • You give people directions to your house and it includes the words “pink flamingos in the front yard”.
  • You have your old kitchen sink in your front yard as a planter.

If any of the above describes you, then knowing you are not alone, should be a great relief to you.  If you could change the way your garden looks by yourself, you probably would have a long time ago, but for many, this could be a daunting task.  If you walk outside today and think to yourself, “I really don’t like my yard” then read on.

The perfect place to start is to imagine what you would like your garden to ideally look like.  Would it have a pool, a pretty tree, a fountain?  What about the rest of your family?  Would the kids like a swing set, or does Dad like to barbecue? Take a few minutes on the weekend to sit down with your family and write a list of things you all would like to have in your new garden.  Over the next few weeks, cut out magazine articles of certain items that you’d like to see in your new garden.  It can be a picture of a pathway, or a wood feature, or anything that you feel good about.  This helps to you to visualize what your garden could look like when finished.

Congratulations, you are halfway there.  The very next step is to pick up the phone and call your local garden designer for help.  A good garden designer can take your ideas and along with their creative expertise, help you to work out the best way to design and install your new garden.  Whether you want to install your new garden in stages, or all at once, your landscape designer can assist you in every step in the decision making process.   Your end goal should be a beautifully installed garden that you can enjoy for many years to come.

Just think, if you start now, you could be sitting on your new patio in your new garden by the Summer.  What are you waiting for?

Call Annie St. Claire  at Through the Woods Design for your new garden consultation.  818 353-0757


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