Your Garden Made Perfect designer reveals common garden planning mistake

Manoj Malde shares a garden planning mistake that's incredibly easy to fall into when deciding on the layout for your space.

Your Garden Made Perfect garden designers
(Image credit: Your Garden Made Perfect, BBC 2)

A garden designer from the BBC's Your Garden Made Perfect has shared one common gardening mistake we often fall into. Surprisingly, it's nothing to do with overwatering or underwatering, or even overlooking pests. 

Manoj Malde says that when it comes to how to plan your garden design, we often fail to look at the bigger picture. Manoj is an award-winning landscape gardener with a background in fashion. 

He works with architects and interior designers to create unique spaces for his clients and loves to use vibrant color in his designs. Manoj is now appearing on Your Garden Made Perfect, which uses virtual reality to show people how their garden could look.

two women wearing virtual reality headsets on your garden made perfect

(Image credit: Your Garden Made Perfect, BBC 2)

Garden planning mistake

'One of the most common mistakes garden owners make is dealing with different areas in isolation,' Manoj tells us. 'They do not start with a plan for the garden as a whole entity. 

'For a garden to work and have cohesion it needs to be designed as one whole garden,' explains the designer. 'It can then be developed in stages but at least there is a plan to follow.' 

The Your Garden Made Perfect star's comments on looking at garden design ideas as a whole make a lot of sense. We can easily get fixated on one plant or zone, and fail to look at things holistically.

Your Garden Made Perfect garden designer Manoj Malde

Manoj Malde, garden designer on Your Garden Made Perfect

(Image credit: Your Garden Made Perfect, BBC 2)

But how do you actually plan your entire space effectively? It can be hard to know where to start. When working on design projects, Manoj begins with themes, mood boards, color palettes and textures, as you would when decorating a room. 

Thinking about these key elements will get the ball rolling, as will pinning on Pinterest until you have a selection of images that make your heart sing. You might also like to look at this string layout trick that helped one couple transform their garden into a Mediterranean-style haven. 

They used string to map out exactly where their raised beds and decking would go in their new-build garden.

garden reveal from Your Garden Made Perfect with planters and outdoor seating

A garden transformation featured on Your Garden Made Perfect 

(Image credit: Your Garden Made Perfect)

Recently moved house? Container gardening ideas are a great shout while you learn which areas get the most light and which plants are happiest where.

If your budget is tight, Manoj recommends planting smaller plants, as these settle in quicker and cost less. 'Repurpose, recycle, upcycle to stretch your money further,' he adds.

It isn't easy, but coming up with a plan for the entire space will help you make a garden you love being in.

Millie joined Gardeningetc in early 2021. She loves creating a vibrant display of containers in her small urban garden and is always picking up new plants at the local garden center. She's never without some fresh flowers at home and her favorite houseplant is her variegated pothos that's currently climbing its way over her bookshelves.