Design Your Garden in 5 Steps

Create an efficient and relaxing space with the help of these tips

Photography: Jun Pinzon

Deciding to have a green space at home means a lot of work and it goes beyond choosing which plants to take care of. You need to consider different factors such as: space, maintenance, and having enough water supply, to name a few.

Before you plant that first seedling, Franco Hubilla shares these tips on how you should design your garden. 

Read the original article  in the July 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Assess your budget

The golden question in any undertaking is: how much are you willing to spend? Start researching and canvassing for the costs of plants, pebbles, and other materials. If you have a tight budget, you can always start small first. You may have a succulent garden then slowly add in a couple of easy-to-maintain plants. 

Think of function

What is the purpose of your garden? Is it strictly for decorative purposes? Are you planning to cultivate fruits and vegetables? “Be realistic. Picture what you want with your garden and relate it to your lifestyle," shares Franco. If you have a limited space, you can make the most of it by hanging some of your plants. You may also utilize the vertical space by trying your hand at vertical gardening.

Consider the drainage system

If you have lots of empty soil space at home, you must consider the drainage for your garden. Check if water naturally runs through your property. Problems with drainage may result to stagnant water which then turns your green space into a breeding ground for pests and mosquitoes.

Prioritize sunlight

The sun’s path over your soil space should be studied. If you don’t have a sprawling outdoor space, make use of your windowsills or balconies. You can also consider indoor plants peace lilies to visually enhance your space.

Create a focal point

“When creating a focal point at home, consider the key areas of your home where the garden is visible like the lanai, or balcony,” Franco explains.

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