Design a garden retreat
For many people, particularly inner-city dwellers, a courtyard is the only garden option. But even a small and dingy area can be transformed into an enchanting and restful outdoor space.
The biggest part of the job is in the planning, and time well spent at this stage will help you down the track.
All you need to plan your design is graph paper, a tape measure, coloured pens, white-out and Blu-Tack.
So where do you begin? Well it may sound obvious, but the place to start is with what you’ve got.
Make a rough sketch of the area, take measurements and plot all the existing features, including plants, structures and paths, then make a scale drawing on graph paper.
Once your plan is complete, make two copies on paper and four copies on transparent plastic overlay sheets at your local copy centre.
Likes and dislikes
Use two different-coloured pens and an overlay sheet to mark the features you like and the ones you don’t.
Include what you can see beyond your boundary that you enjoy, such as a tree or church spire, and the things you can do without, like a telegraph pole. Label this Likes and Dislikes.