DIY Garden Designer

So you have always wanted a beautiful garden, but don’t know where to start?

At DIY Garden Designer we will guide you to becoming a gardening guru!

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Mastering the Art of Great Plant Design

Learn how to combine plants, trees and shrubs to create designer gardens.

Gardening 101

Tasha’s affordable and secret horticultural tips for creating a beautiful garden with healthy lush plants. Step by step video guidance.

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Tasha's DIY Garden Design

I started DIY Garden Designer in 2014, sharing my search for design inspiration, my passion for creating award winning gardens, my quest to uncover the secrets behind gardens that fill us with delight and to showcase the amazing talent of landscape designers from all over the world. As gardeners reached out to me for help in creating the garden of their dreams, I turned to my degree and my years of garden design experience, to break down the complicated world of design and horticulture, so that gardeners with differing levels of experience could create beautiful, thriving gardens. You can find a number of e-books and published articles on the web page, to help you in your gardening journey, as well as interactive, practical online gardening and garden design courses. Come join me, let’s reconnect with nature and create a healthier, happier, more beautiful world!
Tasha's DIY Garden Design
Tasha's DIY Garden Design
Dutch landscape designer, Piet Oudolf’s beautiful gardens demonstrate the design principle of Shizen, which urges us to imitate Mother Nature, incorporate naturally occurring patterns and rhythms into the design with the intention of making the garden look as though it has grown that way by itself. Imitate nature and create the wow factor in your garden by planting groups of the same plants in large drifts. Go on SHIZEN a section of your garden!

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Tasha's DIY Garden Design
Tasha's DIY Garden Design
The Jardin de Berchigranges, in France, with its impressive 4000 species of plants and flowers, was born from the meeting of a couple with a magical place and 30 years of hard work in total harmony with nature. The personality of this garden can be discovered in its curves, its multiple levels, its “variable geometry” that surprises and captivates you at once, but also the omnipresence of water that soothes you and animates all the corners of the gardens.

Lessons this garden can teach us – don’t be afraid to create a dramatic entrance into the garden framing your lawn with hedging. Allow your house to sit comfortably in the garden by creating plant borders right up against your house. Curve your borders to create interest and take the viewer on an adventure through your garden – I would love to see what is around the corner. Turn to the beauty of a moss garden for those damp, shady spots in your garden.
Have you had been to Le Jardin de Berchigranges, I would love to see your pictures!
Tasha's DIY Garden Design
Tasha's DIY Garden Design
Join me over the next couple of days for the Plant Design Challenge! Plant design is an art taught to garden designers and over the next week, I'm going to share a condensed version of this knowledge with you, in the DIY Garden Design Club, at no cost to you, to start you on your path to creating beautiful planting combinations.

Have you ever wondered what makes one garden look so beautiful and another garden with the same plants simply looks like a jumbled mess? The secret no one tells you about is that the common element in all beautiful gardens lies in carefully considered placing and grouping of plants. The shape or in design speak, the form of the plants selected and their placement are critical to creating comfortable, dynamic spaces and beautiful gardens. From experience I can tell you that it is easy to fall in love with all the wonderful plants on sale and come home with a car filled with plants without ever thinking about the shape of the plant and how this shape will direct and influence the movement of your eye through the garden.

Plant design is an exciting part of gardening and over the next couple of days, starting tomorrow, I invite you and your friends to join me in the club, as we take a look at the shapes of the plants in your garden and analyse how they can be used to direct the eye through the garden, influencing where you look and how your eyes move through the space.

So pull up a chair, invite your friends to the group and let’s begin our plant design adventure!

Tasha's DIY Garden Design
Tasha's DIY Garden Design
Take design inspiration from Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe one of the 20th Century's leading landscape architects and Shute House Garden in Dorset.
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Striving for a weed free garden? Here are my top three tips for weed free gardening!
1. The no dig method – When you dig in the soil or turn the soil over, you bring buried weeds lying dormant just below the surface of the soil to the top of the soil, waking them up and boosting them into germination. So if you are establishing a new border, leave it for a couple of weeks, so that you can eliminate weeds before you start planting. Once you’ve established a border, avoid digging around between the plants. You can see that every time you weed, you are bringing new weeds to the surface and the cycle can become endless.
2. Mulch – Weeds like plants need light to grow, so anything that blocks the light will cause them to die. Applying a thick layer of mulch around your plants will smother small weeds. Mulching has the added bonus of helping to retain moisture, limit evaporation, reduces splash on plant leaves keeping them cleaner and reducing fungi. As a bonus mulch naturally composts in place putting humus back into the soil. I like to use wood chips, while other gardeners may prefer to use a mulch of straw, nut kernels, leaves or pine needles. You can also put down a thick layer of newspaper on top of your soil. You will need to add a thin layer of mulch to keep it in place, but newspaper is a great weed barrier. Always water before you put down your mulch.
3. Grow your plants closely together: Weeds like open, sunny spaces between garden plants, so bare soil is an invitation for weeds to grow. Crowd them out by growing your plants closely together and grow ground covers between your plants, this is called a living mulch.
Which now leaves us with weeds that grow between paving: Plants don’t like vinegar. You can put vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the weeds. The vinegar will kill the weeds. Make sure it doesn’t get onto the plants you want, as it can't discriminate between the plants you like and the plants you don’t. Tip: Vinegar works best in the bright sunlight. It causes the leaves of the plant to dehydrate in the hot sun.
Do you have any tips for weed free gardening, to add to list?