Garden design can be approached from several directions. In the spirit of the twenty-first century, there is no One Right Way. But there are many good ways to design a garden - all requiring knowledge, judgement and skill.
Style is a dominant consideration in fashion design and some other design fields. In gardens, it is significant:
As with cooking and clothes, careful selection of materials has a profound influence the results. See our Guide to hard and soft materials and products. We agree with Christopher Tunnard 'use only the best'
Design objectives vary according to the type of garden which is being made. See our Guide to garden types.
Religion has influenced garden design since the begining of time - and its influence must be expected to continue. See our Guide to Sacred Gardens
Every designer knows that the process influences the product. See our Guide to the garden and landscape design process.
Natural patterns, Social Patterns, Aesthetic Patterns and Archetypal Patterns can be used in the design process. See note on PAKILDA - a pattern-assisted knowledge intensive design approachy.
The five primary compositional elements of garden design are
Good gardens have always obeyed the first commandment of sustainability ('Thou shalt make compost unceasingly') and are likely to become more expert in Sustainable garden design.