A full sized plan is the best way to visualize and test your garden plan and its suitability. Mark out your plan in the garden and test it for a while. The best way is to use hosepipes, ropes or spray paint.
- For the hedges or fences use stakes and twine to represent the height and width.
- Outline your paths with rope or cord. Something that is highly visible.
- Also mark out your vegetable garden remembering that you have to harvest your vegetables, preferably without having to stand on the vegetable bed. Also remember which way your garden faces and note the way the shadows fall. Different plants prefer differing light levels.
- Nowadays garden lighting is a must have. So plan the positioning for your garden lights from the outset. Illuminate your gateways, pathways and your patio area. Lights will add vitality to your garden, at night and also in the winter months. It is better to have a number of illuminated areas where you can have medium to low powered lamps rather than having a single floodlamp. If you use a lamp brighter than 100 watts the black spaces around will be accentuated.