Garden Design

5 top garden design tips – and 2 mistakes to avoid! Plus ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots

Top garden design ideas from the award-winning Charlotte Rowe Garden Design company. Charlotte and Design Director Tomoko Kawauchi tell us some of the design secrets that has made the company so successful. And check some fascinating ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots of some of their gardens.
For Charlotte Rowe Garden Design:

00:00 Introduction
00:13 Charlotte Rowe and Design Director, Tomoko Kawauchi
01:02 The three things that are important when designing your garden
01:33 Tip 1 – make a list of everything you do, use and see in your garden
01:59 Look at the light – where the sun falls
02:13 What’s already on site, in your garden, is very important
03:49 Draw out a rough ‘bubble’ map on a piece of paper
04:19 Tip 2 – think laterally (across the garden)
05:52 Tip 3 – paint fencing, walls or trellis dark
07:04 Tip 4 – plant close to the house
07:49 Tip 5 – plant mainly evergreens in small gardens
09:02 Garden design mistake 1 – don’t ‘centre’ the garden
11:05 Garden design mistake 2 – don’t make your borders too small
12:07 What garden designers and landscapers do
12:53 The Society of Garden Designers in the UK:

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