Andi-Boningale-5010Does your garden reflect who you are, your style, personality?

If not, now is the time of year 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 grand ideas, but they have had to be adapted over the years to suit different lifestyles and family generations.

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.  The key is planning.

Get some much-needed inspiration from magazines, books – even product brochures that garden centres give away freely.

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’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.

Andi Way, who has more than 25 years’ experience in domestic landscaping, is head of the team at Boningale Garden Creations, which is based on Boningale’s wholesale plant nursery in Albrighton, near Wolverhampton.  Visit