Some ideas for designing a garden include designing a moon garden with flowers that appear at night, designing a garden with the feng shui methods and designing a drought-tolerant garden with drought-tolerant plants. A drought-tolerant garden requires less watering and maintenance than other garden designs. Creating a garden to border a porch, a garden with a woodland-style path and a garden upon a raised planter are some ideas for designs offered by Country Living. Adding gravel, a pond or a trellis are other ideas provided by Better Homes and Gardens
The four basic types of plants used in moon gardens consist of plants with white flowers, plants with bright foliage, night bloomers and plants with fragrant blooms. Moon gardens usually feature a mass of white flowers, as they remain more visible at night. Moon garden flowers include snowdrops, bleeding hearts and azaleas.
Designing a feng shui garden requires learning the energy map, or the Bagua, of the garden, and understanding the five elements of the feng shui theory. For example, when adding a water feature to the garden, one takes into account its placement. Placing the water feature on the east side of the garden represents health and family, while the north represents the career and the path of life.
Plants suitable for drought-tolerant gardens include sea thrift, butterfly weed and calamint for sunny and dry conditions. Good plants for dry shade conditions include wood aster and Siberian bugloss. For a garden with rows, the bluebeard plant serves as a good choice for the back row due to its height.
Country Living and Better Homes and Gardens both have lists of garden design ideas available on their websites as of 2015. Planting a border garden of trees, shrubs and perennial plants around front porches to add decoration to houses and clearing a woodland-style path through gardens to allow a closer view of plants and flowers are some of the ideas suggested by Country Living. Installing gardens in raised planters or in removed terrace tile crevices are also recommended for people dealing with limited space.
Better Homes and Gardens focuses on design ideas for small gardens. Adding gravel or crushed brick is described as a cheap and simple paving idea that allows rainwater to settle into the underlying soil, while digging a small pond within a garden is said to help manage wet or low areas and attract butterflies and birds. Installing a trellis or fence near garden beds to enable vertical plant growth and placing flower pots throughout gardens to add color are some of the other design ideas provided by BHG.