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If you’ve spent the winter months gazing out of the window dreaming of spring, now’s the time to plan your perfect garden. You should always be realistic, and create a garden that you’ll be able to manage. You don’t want to design an environment that means constant hard work, leaving you little time to unwind and enjoy your little version of Eden.

1. Carry out some research

If you don’t really know much about plants, soil conditions and gardens in general, then the magazine Country Life suggests that you call on the services of an expert to help you design your perfect garden. A professional gardener may stop you making expensive mistakes and will be able to help you create a garden that’s perfect for your gardening needs and skills. For ideas about flowers, and plants to stock your new flowerbeds, then click here for inspiration.

2. Remember to create an area for sitting

Once you’ve planned your garden and know the types of plants that you want to stock, then an article in The Daily Mirror suggests that you also reserve an area for sitting and enjoying your outside space. Once you’ve dug the flowerbeds, turn your attention to designing an outdoors seating area with decking, or paving that you can use in the summer. Make sure that this area benefits from the sun so plan accordingly. You can always erect a pergola over this space, and use jasmine or other climbing plants for beautiful scented shade.

3. What do you use your garden for?

For some people the perfect garden will resemble the splendours of Sissinghurst, or Hever Castle, but if you don’t have an army of gardeners to hand, or you have a young boisterous family, then this effect will be difficult to maintain. If you love flowers but don’t want to go to the trouble of maintaining herbaceous borders, then hanging baskets and decorative pots might be a useful option. The kids can still play on the grass, and you can enjoy your blooms.

4. Create a wildlife habitat

If you want to encourage birds, butterflies and bees to visit your garden, then make sure you include plenty of flowers in your design. Bees love flowers that are rich in pollen, these include forget-me-nots, herb flowers and the blossom from any fruit trees. A wilder, less manicured garden is easy to maintain, and will allow you to enjoy a constant stream of pollinators throughout the spring and summer months. Wild grasses also look great in this type of garden, as do wild herbs, including chamomile.

5. Gardens do change

Once your flowers are in bloom and you are satisfied with the overall effect of your garden, remember that you can always add different plants to your initial plan. Nature is never static, and your garden shouldn’t be either. You could try a mix of formal borders and have a wild area at the rear of your garden. Alternatively, you could just fill your space with shrubs and trees and have some raised beds for vegetables. Perfection is very personal; so try to stamp as much of your individuality on your garden as possible.