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Monday, 12 June 2017

Planning a garden

Ink sketch and colour wash - A corner in my garden

How do you go about planning a new garden or adding something new to your existing garden?

When I started my garden way back in 2004, the first thing I did was to measure the area I intended to plant and then drew up a scale plan of the area. I included intended pathways, trees, rocks and indigenous plants. I rigorously stuck to the map and the completed lay-out was (almost) perfect. Of course the garden has changed plenty over the years with new pathways added, trees that were too close to one another have been removed and new areas like a succulent garden added.

Now, when planning something new in my garden, I often do some quick sketches with notes in my Moleskine Gardening Journal, adding colour just to see what it will look like.

Put large terracotta pot lying on its side under Tree Fuchsia (Haleria lucida), Plant Echeverias in front, add stepping stones and pebbles.


  1. I love your sketch! A wonderful way to anticipate and enjoy a new garden feature before it becomes reality. I like the in-the-garden perspective view that a bird's eye plan view just doesn't give. I've tried sketching a perspective view (without color) of a garden that I'm considering, but my drawing skills, or lack thereof, leave a lot to be desired. But it is an interesting exercise nonetheless.

    1. Thank you Anonymous! Yes, seeing the in-the-garden perspective always works for me. I'm a very "visual" person and also always have to move furniture around several times so that I can see what it will look like in different positions! And lack of drawing skills is really a bummer as it does help to visualise an outcome! ha ha! Thanks for the visit!

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