Gardening is a hobby many homeowners take up to relax on weekends or after a stressful day at the office; however, what started as a hobby can quickly turn into something of an obsession for many people, and daydreams of the perfect garden often follow.
Unfortunately, creating the garden of your dreams isn’t always easy. While a lot of what you can do in your garden depends on the space available and your personal style, there are a few basic tips that can help make nearly any garden a more beautiful place to spend time.
Making sure there’s plenty of space between beds of flowers, herbs or anything else you’re growing in your garden will make your space much more visually appealing and actually allow people to walk around your garden comfortably. Keep this in mind when structuring your garden for the first time or adding new plants.
Clear pathways also serve to make your garden area more visually focused and feel less cluttered to anybody gazing at it.
If you have a large garden that is spread throughout your backyard or property, adding architectural elements, like archways, can add interest to your outdoor paradise. These decorations do not necessarily have to cost you an arm and a leg either.
All you really need for a garden archway is a four-post structure. Decorate that with some climbing vines and add a bench or any other type of outdoor seating, and you’ve got a relaxing place to rest within your garden.
For a more elegant and less rustic look, a simple garden arbor is ideal.
Get Creative with Edging
When gardeners typically choose materials for edging flower beds, they often go with classic choices, like brick. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with brick if it fits your home and garden style, there are more creative choices out there that can make your garden more interesting looking.
For example, concrete edging tends to give your garden a more urban feel, which is ideal for smaller gardens located within city limits. Flagstone edging gives the opposite look – one that will remind many visitors of quaint country or cottage-style gardens.
In addition to brick, concrete and flagstone, cobblestone, mixed rocks and even recycled glass can be used for edging your garden in a unique way.
Incorporate a Garden Water Fountain
The sound of running water is something that can make any space feel peaceful, especially in a garden. Adding garden water fountains can make your space more visually interesting, soothing and help break up similar shapes and patterns of flowers, giving each of them more definition and visual interest.
Garden water fountains come in all shapes and sizes. If you have a large garden, mixing and matching large and small fountains throughout your space can give you a unique, yet organized look.
Make Room for Grass
One thing many new gardeners forget to do when planning the layout of their garden is to make room for a simple grassy area. Providing a basic grassy area within your garden can give people a place to sit and be comfortable, while helping to break up the similar textures found in many gardens.
Building the garden of your dreams might take some work, but it’s something you can achieve over time. Incorporate these basic features into your design and you’ll likely find your garden more comfortable and beautiful.