‘Fail to plan then plan to fail’

I’m not sure if this is the correct saying, but it hopefully gets the message across.

As a designer, I’m often surprised what little thought some people put into a new garden. If they were having a new kitchen or bathroom they would probably have looked through some magazines and visited a couple of specialist stores. They would have an idea of what they like and don’t like and they would know what their budget is. A well designed garden can add up to 10% value on to a property yet some people still don’t take any time for reflection before they take the plunge.

It’s a good idea to look through books and magazines, use coloured post it notes or similar to mark the pages showing your favourite plants and features. Designers will usually have books that they can lend you and libraries usually have a great selection of books and magazines, so dig out your library card and use your local services. The Internet is a brilliant place for information and hopefully you will then feel inspired to visit some gardens that are open to the public before you take the plunge into having yours redesigned.  I would highly recommend visiting RHS gardens, they have something to see at all times of the year and you can’t help but find something that you love.

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