Garden design plan

Avoid These Garden Design Mistakes

This year, make sure your garden is the envy of the neighborhood by avoiding these common design mistakes.

A well-designed garden can add curb appeal to your home and give you a space to relax and enjoy the outdoors. But designing a garden that looks good and functions well can be tricky.

To help you avoid some common mistakes, we’ve put together a list of things to watch out for as you plan your garden this year.

Not accounting for the amount of sun or shade in your garden

Before you start planning what to plant, take a close look at your yard and designate areas that get full sun, partial sun, or full shade throughout the day. This will help you choose plants that are well suited for the conditions in your garden. If you’re not sure how much sun or shade an area gets, ask a gardening expert or check the plant label when you’re shopping for plants.

Not considering how much time you’re willing to spend maintaining your garden

Some gardens require more upkeep than others. If you’re not willing to spend a lot of time watering, weeding, and trimming, opt for low-maintenance plants that don’t need a lot of attention to thrive. You can also use mulch to help suppress weeds and reduce the amount of time you spend tending to your garden.

Planting in straight lines

While symmetry has its place, too much of it can make your garden look like a football field. Add interest to your garden by planting in groups or masses, rather than lining everything up in neat rows. This will give your garden a more natural look and feel.

A natural garden with a variety of plants and flowers.
Natural garden


With a little planning, you can avoid common gardening mistakes and create a beautiful outdoor space that’s the envy of the neighborhood. Just remember to take into account the amount of sun or shade in your yard, how much time you’re willing to spend on maintenance, and the overall look you’re going for before you start planting.

With those considerations in mind, you’ll be well on your way to designing a show-stopping garden that’s sure to impress everyone who sees it.