Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Property - - SUNDAY PROPERTY - from Leonie Cor­nelius of Blume

1 Dream big, don’t limit your­self at the start. Al­low your­self to ex­plore all av­enues. You can al­ways reel your de­sign in later or make it hap­pen in stages.

2 Get to know who you are — how you spend time in the gar­den or, if you don’t but you’d like to, what stops you. For ex­am­ple, in an ideal sit­u­a­tion, you might like to do yoga in the gar­den but can’t be­cause it rains so much. So you could say you need some sort of struc­ture, a pagoda with a glass or poly­car­bon­ate roof or a shed or stu­dio. Ex­plore how you spend your day, how, if you de­signed your gar­den in such a way, you could do all those things you want to there. Get to know how you want to use the space and how it ac­tu­ally func­tions for you.

3 Be ad­ven­tur­ous with the plant­ing and don’t hold back. Have a strong con­cept and let your plants fol­low that. Plant up with im­pact and be bold with it and put a good bit of thought into plant­ing, be­cause once you put a good scheme of plants into the space, it will re­ally bring it to life and will un­der­line your con­cept.

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