Setting up a garden whatever size it is, can sometimes appear to be a challenge. Before getting out your tools, it is essential to make a plan to divide up the space. Just as with interior design, outdoor planning requires coherence. Different zones will work in harmony with this green space, and it can be divided up according to personal taste. On one side an orchard and a vegetable plot, further on a wild corner for flowerbeds and seasonal planting. To give perspective, let a lawn extend to highlight the vertical lines of trees and shrubs. These planted areas will also give a quiet place to sit.
To really get the most out of the garden, it is essential to create an everyday living space, with shade and structure. To do this, you just have to set up a large patio, and there again it is wise to organise space logically. To avoid creating a dumping ground, it is best to envisage the use that you want to make out of the patio. A patio, just as with a small city garden, requires you to rationalise your choices, whilst on a large terrace it is easy to waste space. It is better to ask the question: why have a patio? A simple relaxing corner for reading does not need a huge space, but requires intimacy and quietness.
To achieve this, consider protecting the spot from being overlooked with reeds or trendy vertical planting. A lounger or deckchair with a small coffee table will look great. For those who like lazing around, choose a sun lounger with shade from a parasol. Conversely, for those who would like to organise dinner under the stars, set up a dining space outside to fit the patio dimensions. For narrow spaces, a folding two-person table with two light chairs will be ideal. For much bigger ones, a large rectangular table with an arbour for shade will accommodate all the guests. For a relaxed zen style terrace, it is better to invest in garden lounge furniture, with a set of outdoor couches, armchairs and coffee table.