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Think about focal points and themes in a garden, suggests expert

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Homeowners unsure of how to build up their gardens should think about focal points and themes they can add to their green space, it has been claimed.

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Homeowners unsure of how to build up their gardens should think about focal points and themes they can add to their green space, it has been claimed. Writing for fulhamchronicle.co.uk's City Gardener blog, Sarah Heaton explained that the natural conditions as much as the homeowner's goal will influence this process. The soil type and man-made aspects can be important, so people may wish to think about how luxury garden buildings fit with an intended blueprint. Ms Heaton claimed that all good garden designs have a focal point, such as a feature plant or an attractive piece of garden furniture. Meanwhile, a theme can cover the whole garden or just one area. 'My daughter and I decided to plant up a shady corner with wildflowers. After clearing and weeding, we scattered woodland wildflower seeds and transplanted some plants such as Viola, Forget-me-not and Comfrey. We had a few flowers and are hoping for more this year, when we will sow more seeds and add to it,' explained the gardening expert. For people that are not as confident about horticultural decisions, it could be worth taking a course on the subject; hortweek.com revealed that some of the most high-profile experts in the UK still sometimes teach - for example, Society of Gardeners Designers chair Julie Sargeant. Ms Sargeant, who was in medicine before training as a garden designer, is going to teach on a part-time course at KLC School of Design at Hampton Court Palace.

Author:

Paul Smithson

27th February 2013