Experienced garden designers know the value of seeing regularly all art and architectural forms to keep their ‘visual vocabulary’ up-to-date and get inspiration for their designs. Inspiration can come from forms in nature such as old trees, tuberous, architectural details on buildings, combinations of shapes and colors in a painting, almost anywhere if you look with creative eyes. If you are finding the best local gardener then you can explore the internet.
Look at the material, interior and exterior for the garden. The textures and patterns on the walls and floors of tiles, stone cladding, marble mosaics, etc. are a source of inspiration and can produce details that lift the garden design scheme out of the world. Visit landscape inventory pages, reclamation pages, and interior design suppliers.
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Conduct a comprehensive site survey and analysis. Measure the house including the position and height of all doors and windows. The survey must show steps, drains, manhole covers, breast chimneys, and anything that will affect the final garden design.
The park is rarely square or flat. Use triangulation and balancing to plot on park boundaries, and the location of all plants, garden, and building features. Record things outside the park such as indented trees or stunning scenery because it will affect the design of the garden later. Survey each level change in the garden and clearly mark the survey.
Take soil samples for analysis. It is very important when planting to find out what is the pH level (acidity or alkalinity) of the soil to choose the right plant. Some plants prefer more acidic soils and others will only grow on more alkaline soils.