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Dream Garden Designs

13513 Bluefield Rd, Riverton, UT 84065
Specialty: Landscaping

A new growing season is almost upon us and its now that that thoughts come to the garden. If you have been looking forward to giving your garden a makeover then now is the time to consider it. I've designed and constructed gardens for 11 years now and love what I do.

Most of my clients usually have a fair idea of what they want their garden to look like but are overawed with the creative design process so they come to me to put their ideas on paper. It's rare for a client to come to me and say 'do whatever you like'. I have to admit that I would enjoy it if a client let me go wild with my ideas and gave me a budget to match but really that would be impractical for many reasons. Firstly I do not design for me, I design for my customer. Therefore I have to design something that appeals to them aesthetically. I must also design a garden that suits their lifestyle. There is no point in designing a garden that involves a lot of maintenance if they aren't keen gardeners or if they don't have the spare time to maintain it.

I don't believe in instant gardening, by that I mean I don't believe in buying specimen plants that are going to fill an area out. I believe that gardens should have a period of growth. Gardens evolve with time, they change with the seasons and mature.

The gardens I design (unless its a really small garden) usually take a period of 3 years to fill out and mature into the design I laid out on paper. Some gardens even take up to 7 years to mature. I tend to encourage my customers to spend less money on big showy specimen plants that instantly fill out the space and instead encourage them to spend the money on more plants that are smaller in size. There are advantages to this approach to gardening. With each passing season the garden will mature and change, giving the client something new to see. An instant garden will always look the same, it might look beautiful but without change it may become stale. Also if you buy smaller plants but buy more of them its looks more natural than just buying them in ones, twos and threes. Another advantage is that occasionally over time you see where plants might be better placed, its not easy moving big plants about but not only that if your garden takes 3 years to mature it gives you 3 years or more to settle on the plan that you want and not one the designer wanted. A plan can look great on paper but doesn't always translate so well in practice, even designers can get it wrong sometimes. I always advise customers to look to nature to see what will work for their garden. Nature has a way of showing the designer who is boss, no one does it like nature. I cater for nature and the needs of clients when designing and constructing my projects.

If you want your Salt Lake City garden to achieve a makeover this then give me a call 801 953 8798 and leave a message for Steven

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