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Modern, awkward shape garden design – Wolfgang’s garden

Garden Before

I’m very pleased to be featuring Wolfgang’s garden in this week’s SGD Student Hall of Fame. Wolfgang lives in Germany and this is the garden he had to contend with once the house was completed!

Yikes! What to do with a garden like this?

Firstly: LEARN ABOUT GARDEN DESIGN (if you’re going to DIY).

The best way, and of course I would say this, is to buy an online garden design course! Specifically The Great Garden Formula – which is exactly what Wolfgang did.

He tried various different designs as he progressed through the course, the first one we show in the video he’s kindly created showing us around his design.

Video Tour of Wolfgang’s Design

I really love the metal panel sections in between the hedging, that you can see in the video – think I might have to ‘borrow’ that idea! And thank goodness Wolfgang came to my rescue with navigating on SketchUp!

The Construction Process

garden during hot tub and decking installation

Wolfgang had NO previous garden design experience before doing the course and he has painstakingly built the entire garden, virtually single-handedly, in his spare time!

garden lighting around seating area

Progress has been slow, but I think you’ll agree, all his time and effort has paid off handsomely. We look forward to seeing how the garden looks when it’s finished.

Garden 2018 Update

Here’s how Wolfgang’s garden has progressed this year…

Pergola over outdoor sofa

The metal panels have been a great success and will look even better once the hedging in between them has grown and can be clipped into shape.

meta garden screens
Metal garden screens

** More photos coming this weekend – so watch this space!**

On Completion

I can’t wait to see the garden once the planting is in… It should look like this once it’s complete.

finished garden sketch design

finished garden sketch with decking and hot tub

Want to learn to DIY design your garden?

If you’d like to do the online training course Wolfgang did – the Great Garden Formula online course.* You can find out more details about that here:


We’ve just launched the Successful Garden Design Diploma for anyone who wants to design gardens professionally. Until the end of October (unless places sell out), there is an early bird discount offer for the first group of students – click here to find out more about the SGD Diploma version of the Great Garden Formula.

* Please note: we don’t train students how to use CAD or Sketchup, our methods teach how to sketch out ideas by hand – but some people prefer to use a computer – either way, it’s the design principles that are important, not how you implement them!

The Great Garden Formula is our flagship course and it teaches you everything you need to know about design and is geared towards people who might want to design gardens professionally or for professionals who want to increase their skills.

Just want to design your own garden?

We have a variety of other courses that are smaller – you can see them here:

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