How to design your own garden




How to design your own garden

By Ross Construction Services Limited


Want to know how to design your own garden? Then you have come to the right place.  Ross Construction Services Limited have provided you with a garden design guide.  Our company has years’ experience in garden design and groundworks.  We cover all aspects of groundworks such as garden paving, turfing, drainage and foundations.  We hope you enjoy our how to design your own garden guide.



Step 1 – Choose the overall style of your garden design

Knowing what style you want for your garden will help you select appropriate features.  A modern style of garden design could have stainless steel features such as lighting and water fountains.  Usually modern style garden are sleek and minimalist.


Traditional looking gardens usually have many flower beds and wooden features.  Very old properties may require a worn garden design such as old brick road type paving.


Step 2 – Choose how much time you can dedicate to your garden?

Many customers choose a minimalist garden due to a busy life style.  These types of customers usually want low maintenance gardens, consisting of a few plants and trees.  They also consider how plants and trees will be accessed for maintenance.  It is always worth considering how a garden will be maintained in the future, below are some tips:


Have as many plants and trees you are willing to trim and water. Also consider the amount of leaves that will shed in the winter months.

Ensure paving or decking installation will be able to suppress weeds. There is nothing more annoying than weeds growing through patios or decking.

Ensure the most appropriate paving slabs are chosen for the purpose.  Paving for a BBQ area, swimming pool or drive will have different requirements.  Patios for driveways may need sealing due to oil spills.

Step 3 – Choose your garden features

Features help gardens look great and unique, but deserve careful consideration.  Pay particular attention to electrical features such as water pumps and lighting due to routing of cables.  Below are examples of garden features you may want to include in your design:


Garden turfing.

Garden paving.

Garden flower beds.

Garden storage facilities.

BBQ area.

Garden decking.

Garden pond.

Garden trees.

Resin statues and animals.

Vegetable patch.

Garden work shed.

Bird tables and houses.

Garden bar area.

Hot tub area.

Swimming pool.

Step 4 – Take into account garden drainage

When designing a garden it is important to consider drainage.  The drainage solution you choose may have an impact on your design such as using ACO drains, soakaways and under lawn drainage.


 Step 5 – Design your garden using free garden design software

Before creating a scaled plan of your garden, you first need to take real measurements.  Draw a rough plan of your garden using a pencil and paper.  Then write down all the appropriate dimensions.

Load up this free garden design software package (by bluesmallprinter). Please note that you cannot save your design whilst using it for free.  However, you can draw your design, then screen print it.

Use the software to draw a 2D plan of your garden. This enables you to draw garden features such as paving, walls, lawns, flower beds, decking and more.

Now screen print your garden design (press ‘PrtScn’ on keyboard).

Paste your screen printed design into a program such as paintbrush.

Save your copied garden design.

You can annotate your garden design with dimensions using paintbrush or word (using dimensions you wrote down on paper before). This is handy for calculating the amount of materials needed such as paving slabs and gravel.

Step 6 – Double check your design you have created

Print your new garden design.

Double check your garden design dimensions.

Double check that your features are in the correct place.

How to design your own garden example

Below is an design we created using the free design software tool we recommended.  This garden was design using the ‘how to design your own garden’ principles outlined in this article.



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