Whether you’re a new or seasoned gardener, choosing an oasis that suits your style is no easy task. It’s probably easier for new gardeners because you haven’t begun and starting from scratch is always going to be less difficult.
New gardeners are excited with an endless stream of ideas and many seasoned gardeners also have neat ideas but they’re trying to figure out how to change or improve what they’ve already begun.
So, where do you even begin?
Specific details like garden size, hours of sunlight, soil type, and what to plant cannot be overlooked at any stage of the process.
But I find that too often garden style is overlooked. The focus seems to be more of a dive in approach to grow food and live happily ever after.
I wish it was that easy but if you want a space that suits your style it’s going to take more thought.
Begin by finding the style of landscape you prefer. This step will put you on a path to developing a garden that you adore and want to maintain.
Finding my Garden Style was a Journey
For me finding my style was a journey some of which I’ve shared in the early days of my blog.
After years of working in my grandma’s garden I found that a neat and tidy space really spoke to me.
I love clean lines, focal points and simplicity.
Grandma did a lot with her yard but I wouldn’t call it simple, it did have a clean presentation and that got my attention.
Her garden was unique and useful but it was also high maintenance. We worked around her yard from one corner to the other and when those corners met, it was time to do it all over again.
I remember asking her, “When do we take a break?” her response was always short, “you can rest in the winter.”
Her place was like a park including everything from fruit trees, grape vines, roses, herbs, bulbs, blooming shrubs and even a vegetable garden.
It was a lot and it was the one place I really enjoyed spending time because it was beautiful and peaceful.
It Took me Years to Achieve What I Wanted
It took me years later, several moves and different styles of gardening to achieve what I really wanted.
My desire left me with an idea that welcomed clean lines and easy to maintain.
When I decided to decrease the size of my raised beds those clean lines and simplistic details surfaced right away.
My garden became more than a place for plants to grow, it was a neat place to relax and enjoy.
A garden should really compliment your environment. Cool climate gardeners will choose very differently over those living in hot climates. I also believe that someone living in the suburbs will have a very different take than someone living in the countryside.
Materials and style will be different because a space that compliments your environment will become more of a sanctuary if designed correctly to meet your likes and lifestyle.
I’m thankful for my gardening journey because it brought me on the path, I’m at today. So, to help you get where you want to be, begin with figuring out what you like.
Finding What you Like
Whether you’re starting a new garden or maybe even shrinking your existing one sometimes the best things to do is visit community gardens or go see what others are doing!
Take a notebook on these outings and use it as a resource for future planning.
By taking the time to uncover new ideas you’ll find what you like and dislike right away and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
I don’t recommend browsing through magazines because many times those gardens are staged and they’re not practical.
Pinterest can be a neat place for ideas and I’d like to refer you to my Pinterest boards.
I have many garden boards so I’ll include my three favorites and the last two are a mix of neat ideas that are sometimes fun to incorporate in a garden:
Enhance Your Home
Remember the garden should enhance your home, not take it over. When we decided to live Tiny, I wasn’t sure how we were going to achieve an enhanced garden. I had my style but putting it together was a whole other story.
It was really difficult because our homestead at Quail Grove is really more of an example property for this development. In the beginning I spread everything out and it didn’t work.
I honestly couldn’t stand the layout then finally last year I decided to create two planting spaces right off the Tiny House.
It was a lot of work to move everything but so worth the effort. Everything right now is easier to maintain and it just feels like home for the time being.
We stayed with the smaller raised beds that I talk about in my book Startle Garden and placed them so they didn’t crowd walk space. They’re presented in focal points instead of rows which makes them more interesting.
I also decided to plant berries in one area and flowers and vegetables together in front of the house. This offers an inviting space when you walk through the gate and extends a hand in creativity.
It’s welcoming and fits perfectly in the country with the natural wood.
Robert and I have a nice place to sit and relax after working all day.
So, choose a style based on your likes not what others are telling you to do.
But make sure whatever you decide it works with your environment, suits your style and it’s easy to maintain. With those three details you can’t go wrong creating the look of your garden oasis.