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Theme Garden Design Process: Structure

Theme Garden Design Process: Structure


1. Pick a theme

2. Brainstorm

3. Research

4. Translate to physical form

  • color
  • structure (I'll cover this below!)
  • hardscapes
  • furniture
  • ornamentation
  • plant materials

5. Create the plan


Before jumping into the structure for our knitting garden, I'd like to give you a broad overview of this concept.

The structure of a garden is how one gives form to an outdoor space. Rather than placing things willy-nilly, structure will encourage strong lines and reinforce your theme. You can read more about how to create structure here.

To simplify things, think of this structure on the ground plane.  Imagine looking at your garden from above in the winter (when the plants are no longer the dominant focus). What shapes and lines would you see?

Another way to visualize structure is thinking about the shape of your lawn or patio.  This space should be a strong space that can be easily seen.

To establish structure think about:


Now let's think about our knitting theme once again.  If we look at our brainstorming and research lists does anything stand out to you that might give our garden structure?  This is what I found as possibilities:

  • basket-weave, diamond, cable, honeycomb and lace patterns
  • round (yarn balls), loops
  • rows (of knitting)
  • informal, large lawns like the Irish countryside (remember my knitting theme is focusing on Irish fishermen sweaters!)

In my next post I'll discuss how to choose hardscapes for our knitting garden. Until then, you're invited to peek at my KNITTING GARDEN PINTEREST BOARD as I continue to brainstorm through images. 

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Theme Garden Design Process: Hardscapes

Theme Garden Design Process: Hardscapes

Theme Garden Design Process: Color

Theme Garden Design Process: Color