Teddy Tar in the Magic Garden – 1960s children’s book, Miller and Co. 32 full colour pages plus 4 pa
When building a new house, the costs of installing the garden are often underestimated. Result: the house is finished, but there is no money left for the garden. We show you how you can lay the foundation stones for a beautiful garden with a small Budget, which can be expanded further and further over the years.
The last Roof Tile is laid, the mailbox is set up-uff, it’s done! For many home builders, the most beautiful part of the work now begins: the garden design. However, before you reach for the spade, you should clarify three crucial points:
– What is most important to you in the near future?
– How much may it cost?
– How much time do you have to plan for the garden to look like you imagine it later?
Cost Factor Garden Plant
The cost issue is usually the limiting factor, because few plan the garden in their Budget. This often gives a bad awakening: paving work, for example, can quickly cost several thousand euros even on smaller surfaces such as a terrace. Solve the money problem initially with compromises. Our two drawings show you how.
The dream of the homeowners in our example was a varied garden with many perennial beds, a terrace with Pond, a kitchen garden and cozy little seats (picture left). The entrance area should look Open and inviting, which is why the choice fell on a white picket fence as a demarcation, which allows one or the other view into the front garden. Towards the street, the property is bordered by a flower hedge, towards the neighbor with a deciduous hedge, so that the scenery as a whole does not seem too restless.
The garden is not yet finished, but should still be used as a recreation and play space. Since the many wishes and the large area on the one hand represent a design and on the other a financial challenge, practical solutions must therefore be found that bridge the time until the garden has taken on the desired Form. For this purpose, inexpensive intermediate solutions are used wherever possible. These should be appropriate and allow further work around, for example, be easy to set up and dismantle and not burden the Budget more than necessary.
The goal of the Wunschgarten in mind, the individual posts are now arranged according to urgency. Privacy is the top priority for a new building. Now the cost factor comes into play: the larger the hedge plants, the more expensive the fun becomes. Small plants, however, hardly protect against strangers. The compromise: in addition to the road, inexpensive reed mats were placed, which serve as a visual protection until the hedge is high enough.
Trees and hedges
With all woody plants, you can also shorten the waiting time with fast-growing species, such as hornbeam or Liguster for the hedge, or deutzia, dogwood and forsythia for the hedge. The only drawback: what grows quickly must also be cut regularly. Cutting is not necessary with the ball-Robinia, which was planted as an attractive House tree in the front garden.
On the wish list at the very front was also a seat at the House. In order to give the wallet some rest, was first dispensed with a paved terrace. A gravel surface looks good and goes much less into the money. The same principle was applied to the Carport and the paths in front of the House. In the vegetable garden the gravel even liked so much that it was allowed to stay, all other places and paths were paved later.
Water in the garden
in garden without pond is not a real garden! A small prefabricated pond or a vat filled with water as a mini pond on the terrace spreads holiday flair, until later a “real” pond follows. Not only around the pond and terrace, perennials bring flowering to the garden. If you plant large, already flowering specimens, you already have something of it in the first year. Those who prefer cheaper small plants can bridge the time with annual summer flowers.
Play area for children
For families with children, the garden is initially also used for playing and romping. There is plenty of opportunity for this: when sowing the lawn, hard-wearing play grass was chosen. In addition, a small playground with children’s houses, swing and of course a lot of Sand was created. If the children are older, the area with rolling grass is closed again in no time and the Playhouse becomes a garden house.