A beautiful garden can lift your home and also your soul. It’s a wonderful thing and a haven to enjoy. So, what are the essential parts of a garden to wow?
1. Adding Colour
While some individuals may find it delightful to have a garden of shrub sculptures ala Edward Scissorhands, a dash of colour can enhance the yard’s beauty to a greater extent. Placing some bright flowers amidst the greenery can create a contrast and become a focal point in certain gardens. Of course, the colour need not stem from typical flowers; in fact, vegetables, fruits and herbs present with a plethora of bright flowers. Why not enjoy some purple chives, white spring onions, red pineapple sage, and yellow dill as a colourful addition to the garden (as well as an organic food alternative). If you still are not sure about flowering plants, consider that beneficial insects are attracted to micro gardens gladly pollinating plants and removing unwanted pests. A ‘win win’ factor for sure.
2. Grouping Plants With Similar Foliage Or Colour
The theme of a garden can play a large role in its aesthetic attractiveness and one trick to enhance theming is through a clever use of colour. Take a moment to step back and view the colours of your plants and ask yourself, is it neat or all over the place? Would a rearrangement of foliage improve the overall impact of the theme? Let us say, for example, you choose to place several identically coloured flowers around a single different coloured flower in a ceramic pot. By surrounding the single flower, one would create a frame or contrast enhancing the focal point of the centre plant. The trick here is grouping and repetition to add a sense of balance. By using the simple technique in the example and applying it to your garden you will be able to enhance garden beds with colourful borders.
3. Controlling Weeds
To ensure your garden continues to thrive it is important to take a positive approach to garden health care, especially in areas with smaller spaces such as pots or containers. Adding mulch to the area will reduce the growth of life-sucking weeds and increase levels of plant attractiveness. Here are some more tips for weed control.
4. Adding Garden Art
While the garden itself can be a reflection of your personality, why not add some additional garden art to enhance the theme? This can be especially effective in smaller spaces as it adds character and “oomph” living up the yard.
Choosing the correct art to use in the area can be complicated so take a moment and stand back to see what would be most effective. If you have ceramic containers, it may be beneficial to add small ornaments or colour to the pot itself. Backdrops can be improved by painting the surrounding walls or, if you are unable to paint external walls, attempt placing a bamboo partition or hang fabric behind the plants. This portable art can be beneficial as both an accessory to highlight the area; as well as hiding any unsightly items. Garden fountains can also be a great addition. They have a number of practical uses and also look great in the space – look at this beautiful wall fountains for outdoors It’s sure to enhance any garden.
5. Using Pots And Containers As Focal Points
It is commonly seen that ceramic pots or containers are used as part of decorative gardens. Do you possibly have a pot which you deem particularly unique? Perhaps this container holds a special plant or has a special memory? In order to highlight the item, you can use the aforementioned decorative techniques. Placing smaller ornaments or pots around this original item can create a sense of dominance contrasting the size. Additionally, the pots may be of a different colour to further highlight the focus from the area and the surrounding garden.
6. Using Herbs And Flowers In Different Settings
Colour is important for the garden, but by adding multi-functional edible herbs and flowers you will increase the benefits of the flowering plants. Herbs, such as curly-leafed parsley or lemon thyme will not only complement marigolds and violets but can also be used as organic food in the kitchen.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)