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9 Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid When Designing a Garden

If having a beautiful garden is your biggest dream then avoid doing these 9 landscaping mistakes when designing a garden.

Mistake 1: Arranging everything in a single view

A beautiful tropical garden divided into sections looking mystical and large

Why should you avoid this?

When the view is blocked and you can’t see everything in one go it creates an illusion of more space and interest.

What you should do!

If your garden is open and you have not divided it into different sections, it is going to look less interesting and small. Draw your plan in advance and divide the space of your garden within it in different sections. You do not need to create solid divisions in your garden like a wall or fence, you can do this with large trees, shrubs that can block a certain part, grasses or potted plants densely arranged.

Mistake 2: Not making a plan

Why should you avoid this?

If you’re going to start designing a garden without a plan, you’ll not be going to get what you’ve thought or imagined in your mind.

What you should do!

Plan every aspect of your garden on the paper, take help of landscaping software and make a list of plants you would like to grow. Do proper research and make a budget. If necessary, take help of professionals.

Mistake 3: Forgetting the furniture

Why should you avoid this?

Many gardeners tend to forget about furniture. They choose furniture of different styles that are too colorful and fancy this makes the garden look busy and without the symphony.

What you should do!

Not only the plants but also the furniture and materials you choose automatically give an atmosphere to your garden. Take great care to the type of plants and materials you will use. Buy all your furniture together of the same style to create harmony. Do not mix!

Mistake 4: Avoiding the Foliage

foliage is important

Why should you avoid this?

Most of us buy plants for flowers and fruits, avoiding the foliage plants. But to get a year round interest buy more foliage plants.

What you should do!
Buy plants for their foliage–texture, color, shape– their leaves are what you are going to see most of the year.

Mistake 5: Excessive ornamentation and so many garden accessories

Why should you avoid this?

This is one of the most common garden design mistakes. Using too many decorative items in the garden creates a distraction and makes your garden look cluttered and busy.

What you should do!

Do not overdo anything. Add a whim to your garden but avoid adding so many decorative items. Before adding anything see how it fits with the style of your garden  and outdoor space.

Mistake 6: Forgetting the view from inside

Why should you avoid this? 

Getting a good view of the garden from the windows is important. When designing a garden don’t forget its view you’ll get from the inside.

What you should do!

Before planting or placing your containers at the exact spot, go inside and look from every window to see how it’ll look to get a good view.

Mistake 7: So many colors


Why should you avoid this?

So many colors that are not in harmony can cause a distraction.

What you should do!

Decide a color palette for every section of your garden and add plants according to it. So many colors together can create a chaos.

 Mistake 8: Ignoring the seasons

Why should you avoid this?

Every garden looks beautiful in spring and summer (in winter in tropics) but you should not forget about fall and winter.

What you should do!

Plan to grow plants with regard to the seasons for a year round interest. When you go to a nursery don’t just buy plants for the following season.

Mistake 9: Growing wrong plants in wrong positions

Why should you avoid this?

This one of the most common gardening mistakes that must be avoided. Not growing right plants in a right position will make all of your plants to die eventually.

What you should do!

Grow plants that are most suitable for your climate and weather and conditions you have in your garden is important. For example, plants that require full should be grown in a sunny position, plants that require dry soil must not be grown in moist soggy soil and so on. Also, at the time of planting, give them recommended space. Don’t forget that they’ll become tall and spread once you plant them.

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If having a beautiful garden is your biggest dream then avoid doing these 9 landscaping mistakes when designing a garden.


  1. When I first got into landscaping, I thought I could wing it for my back yard. I had a vague plan in mind, but nothing solid. I bought a bunch of plants and brought them home only to discover that I had grossly underestimated how many plants I’d need to fill up the space. Always make a plan before you start your landscaping!

  2. Your photos are absolutely STUNNING! They make me so eager for planting this year. I have been honing my garden yearly, learning a little bit each year about what it needs to thrive. I’ve learned a lot about the importance of positioning certain plants where they will grow best.


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