The worst thing I did was wait 13 years from the time I moved to this property until I hired the garden designer.
It wasn't easy to give up that control I thought I had in my garden, to admit that I needed help on design.
After all, I'm a gardener. I know the basics. Big plants go behind little plants. Vegetable garden goes in the back third of the yard. Plants that need full sun go in full sun. Plants that need shade go in the shady places. All good.
All not good. My patio was too small, my beds were too narrow, I had trees dotting the backyard like misplaced punctuation in the middle. of a sentence. And I didn't have entire types of plants in my garden because I just didn't understand them and how to use them to enhance the garden.
Now I have garden borders that make sense. A lawn with a shape. Trees in their proper places. New kinds of plants. Old favorite plants in better places. A bigger patio.
I can still add new plants and I do so frequently, but now I plant them within the design without messing it up, too much. I still have a vegetable garden. I still have Plopper's Field. I have sculptures. I have a beautiful gate leading into the vegetable garden. I have a garden path.
If it is even possible, I enjoy my garden more now than ever before because it makes more sense. It's not just a collection of plants. It's a garden.
If you don't think your garden is quite right and you can't quite put your finger on what's wrong, hire a garden designer to help you make it right.
You'll make fewer planting mistakes and save money in the long run when your garden has a good design.
Don't wait 13 years. Do it now. This fall. Or no later than early spring. Do it. Hire a garden designer to turn your garden from a place for plants into a magical place you'll enjoy for years to come.