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5 Things To Know Before Planning A Brand New Garden Design

Updated: Feb 27

5 Things To Know Before Planning A Brand New Garden Design

Whether you are planning come up with ideas for your garden’s layout, completely redesign your lawn or just want to make minimal changes, garden landscape planning can seem like a very daunting task. Most people would head straight to their local gardening store to browse some ideas, but creating a plan beforehand will make the process easier and smooth. While it won’t solve your problems overnight, it can make the entire process a lot more manageable and practical, saving valuable time, resources, and you from a bad headache.

Your backyard may already look good but with the changes in climate and plant development, you’ll be surprised at how it looks after a week or two. As you preserve your lawn, you may find yourself looking for companies that offer landscape design services in Singapore to help you with your lawn. Regardless, read on to know the 5 things that you should note before planning a design.

1. Know every detail of your yard

Before you begin your landscaping plan, it’s important to get to know your yard as all the key elements may affect the design that you plan. You can start with the basic size and shape of your landscape and use that during your design while making sure to note distinctive features such as peaks or slops. It’s also wise to analyse the drainage patterns and check the soil’s moisture to figure out where you can group your plants according to their needs.

2. Understand the lawn's purpose

It’s important to know and understand the purpose of your lawn and who will benefit from it. Will your children be spending most of their time in your yard playing? Do you have pets that you would like to train in your yard? Or perhaps you want to use that space for outdoor entertainment? Keep in mind that with proper strategic plans, you can construct different spaces for different uses in your landscape. Also, note the maintenance style and budget you will be using and design a garden with that in mind.

3. Establish a theme

A theme can help blend your landscape design and help guide your plant and material selections. These can be as simple as you want – from shapes or forms throughout your yard or as complex as making a garden where you can relax or do some activities. When choosing a theme for your yard, a good idea to help you start would be to study the construction of your home and try to incorporate as much to your yard as it is an extension of your home. Researching online for various ideas can also help you think out of the box and build on an idea you already have in mind.

4. Arrange your plantings

You should consider various visual planes when choosing your plants. Starting from the area above you, think about the overhead plane, including archways and trees. Then you can move on to the vertical plane, so consider how closely spaced or far apart plants will be, how plants will be arranged or distributed, and the individual and pressed heights and widths of your plants. If you want a unified view throughout your space, you may opt for repeating similar shapes and structures in your garden.

5. Pay attention to detail

Plants, garden ornaments and hardscapes all have their visual details - from various forms and shapes to an array of colours and textures. Considering how these visual details can be used to complement and contrast each other can help you come up with a cohesive and captivating landscape.


Before starting your design, it’s important to observe, imagine and set some goals. With these factors in mind, you can start drafting a plan: draft your budget, including prospective maintenance expenses, expect the growth rate of your plants, seek guidance from your neighbours, and visit a reliable landscape company in Singapore to assist you with your plans.

Here at Star Landscape, we aim to provide high-quality landscaping design and maintenance services to our clients and help them achieve their goals. Feel free to contact us for more information about our services and what we can do for your garden today.

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