How to design a half-circle garden

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How to design a half-circle garden
Choose the right plants for your garden's conditions. (ValterCunha/iStock/Getty Images)

If your back garden lacks beauty, an original design could fix that within a few hours. Before you start digging up your garden, though, give some thought to the type of setting you want to grow. One way to add peace and beauty to your property is to design and create a half-circle garden. Curves are pleasing to the eye, and planting plants and flowers into the half-circle bed will be simple if you plan ahead.

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Things you need

  • Pick axe
  • Shovel
  • Garden border (recycled plastic or rubber or stones)
  • Quality potting soil and/or compost
  • Plants of varying height
  • Garden statue

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    Pick the placement of your half-circle garden carefully, keeping sunlight in mind. You should also place it in an area where you can view it easily from your door or windows, so you can enjoy it when you're indoors as well.

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    Use a pick axe to break up the soil and grass in the area that you want to design a half-circle garden. Penetrate several inches deep with the pick axe, so your shovel work will be easier.

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    Use a shovel to remove the loose grass from the half circle that was loosened with the pick axe. Make sure to get all of the grass chunks out of the bed, so you won't have problems with grass growing in your garden later.

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    Install your garden border. This will prevent grass from your lawn from growing into your half-circle bed. How you install the border depends on the type of border you'll be using. Metal or a recycled plastic coiled border will require a narrow trench to be built in order to bury part of it. Stones can simply be placed and stacked around the perimeter of the half-circle garden bed.

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    Buy plants that will do well in the type of sunlight that your garden will get. If the area is shaded by a tree, for instance, you can use plants that do well in partial sun. If there is no shade to the area at all, use only full-sun plants.

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    Arrange your garden using the pots the plants came in before actually planting them into the ground. The back centre of the half-circle garden should be the space for the tallest plant. This will be one of the focal points of the garden. Some examples of plants that would work well here (depending on your climate) are hibiscus, bird of paradise or a rubber tree plant.

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    Place your garden statue (optional) in front of your tallest plant. This is the main focal point of your garden (if you choose to use one). It will be surrounded by plants and flowers, and the tallest plant will serve as its backdrop. Choose a garden statue that brings you happiness and peace. Some examples are statues of the Buddha, angels or a gazing ball on a pedestal.

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    Arrange shorter plants in an arc around the statue, following the natural curve of the half-circle garden border. Some examples of plants that would look good are hosta and ferns.

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    Place small flowering plants on the outer edge of the half-circle garden. Plants, such as Mexican heather, petunias or any other flowering plant that doesn't grow in height, are perfect.

  10. 10

    Plant the plants when you are satisfied with their placement. Place mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moister and to serve as a barrier against heat and cold.

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