Posted: 12/12/2013 at 22:31
''A good glass of wine and some music really helps it the concept stage as
it can be really frustrating at times'' - I love this highly practical quote from Scott Lawrence!
Just caught up on this thread again, my own experience in planning our garden was also lots of wine, music and paper sketches!
My starting point was where to sit in the evening sun, ie: how we as a family use the garden. Next was how to incorporate my own love of gardens with the necessity of trampoline, hot tub for OH, and play spaces for the children. I wanted to see as much planting as possible from the house (before starting the garden the priority was to see the area where the children played, I waited very patiently).
you may one day know the soil and location requirements of the 'purple one', or your garden 'style/taste/requirements' may change.
Above all aim for perfection (take professional advice on-board) but be comfortable with never quite getting it right and being able to adapt (and put your personal stamp on it) and deal with whatever course your garden decides to take (nature's always right).