p646782973-4With the Shrewsbury Flower Show only a few weeks away, we are busily finalising the design for our show garden entry, which this year as a Vintage theme to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

When planning the design for a garden, it’s important to have a theme, and in a home environment the theme should centre on a design that reflects your personal style and who you are.  It could be chic or classic? Über trendy or trendsetting?

Our gardens can offer a fascinating aspect into our personality and style – does your outdoor space a true reflection of you?

If not, now is the time to think about making your garden yours.

Style is not just about decoration and the type of plants you buy – it’s about good, clear design.

Many of the garden styles that we see today have evolved over the centuries. Very often they began life as large and grand ideas, but they have had to be adapted over the years to suit different lifestyles, family generations and environments.

The trick to good garden design is capturing the essence of a style, or a place and making it your own, rather than creating a pastiche.  Almost anything can be done, from creating a quiet retreat, a vibrant space filled with colour and fragrance, or a fun outside ‘room’ where you love to eat or entertain. You might even choose to create a miniature version of the Versailles Palace, which is great if that’s your style, as long as it is done well.

Gardens can be many things so it is important to have fun with it.

Provided you are comfortable with the style, would enjoy looking at it every day and working in it – and sharing it with others – then you have nothing to lose and only a beautiful garden to gain.

The key is planning. Get some much-needed inspiration from magazines, books – even product brochures that garden centres give away freely. All these will be full of ideas that can help to inspire you.

Think about what style would suit you: do you want to create a zen-like space that requires minimalist maintenance?  A formal garden with traditional arrangements? Or are cottage-style borders packed with seasonal flowers more your style?

Ask yourself if you like curves or straight lines. Curves tend to give a softer and more relaxed look that leads your eye through the garden, while straight lines lend themselves to a more formal, stately look that is centred on symmetrical patterns and order.

Whatever the style you eventually choose, look carefully at the practicalities to see how it can be accommodated in the space you have.

It doesn’t matter if you are confident about the design you want to create or are nervous about taking the plunge, it’s always a good idea to seek professional advice from a reputable, APL approved, garden designer for new ideas or tips on planting.

You don’t have to have a huge budget to employ a professional, but even the shortest of consultations at the planning stage could make the difference between a decent garden and a stunning one.

If you need further inspiration come and see us at the Shrewsbury Flower Show on the 8th-9th August.  Also look out the date of Boningale Nurseries Annual Plant Sale in September at