Designing your own garden is a fun way to creatively bring your dream landscape to life. We encourage you to ease into the design process by taking the time to research what will work for your space and what won’t.
Creating a garden vision board is one of the best ways to visualize what you want your finished product to look like. Get inspired by others, or let inspiration come to you organically, jotting down your thoughts in your very own garden journal. A garden journal and a vision board are two tools that go hand in hand when deciding what you want and how to bring your dream garden to life.
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board provides you with a visual representation of your goals. You might find inspiration on Pinterest, garden blogs, or our Meyer’s Landscaping page and paste the photos that align with your vision to your board. This is a great way to consider concepts and elements such as color combinations, garden styles, landscape features, and water features to see how they look together as a collage of small ideas coming together as one.
Planning a vision board requires a few quiet moments of self-reflection. Ask yourself what is important in your garden design and determine some realistic, achievable goals. What was missing from your landscape this past season? Are there colors or bloom times you’d like to add? Visualizing what you want is proven to encourage the manifestation of one’s dreams, so let’s visualize our dream garden oasis. Research studies have even shown that athletes who visualize their goals during training report it to be just as effective as the physical practice of their sport; let’s put this to the test when it comes to gardening.
What to Include in a Garden Journal
A garden journal allows you to dive a little deeper, allowing for a space to make detailed entries that outline your garden vision. For the artistically inclined, you can also include sketches so that you’re sure to add a personal touch to your garden design.
Your journal will also help to make you accountable, keeping you organized and focused. Keep in mind, designing your own garden is supposed to be a fun process, not a stressful one, so don’t forget to have fun with it!
Writing in a garden journal is a practice you can maintain after your garden dreams have become a reality. You can use it to:
- Keep track of watering schedules (this works well for indoor plants as well), and for how long, as your watering needs are sure to change throughout the year.
- Add in new plant varieties that arrive every spring.
- Organize planting dates, allowing you to know when perennials may be due to be divided.
- Arrange fertilizing schedules.
- Plan pruning schedules/dates.
- Take note of pest infections and preventative methods you used.
All of these garden journal entries help you stay organized, and remind you where you left off and where you need to pick back up again.
Starting a new project and seeing it through to the end is always a profoundly gratifying experience. Even more so when that project is something you get to see day after day. For further insight, contact our Meyer Landscape and Design team once you have your ideas jotted into your garden journal and pasted onto your vision board. It’s our passion to help people make their garden dreams a reality.