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Great Garden 7 Easy Steps
Here are the 7 Easy Steps to a Great Garden:
These elements will guarantee beautiful outdoor great garden success. Here’s a simple and easy checklist to assess the strengths of your garden. See if your garden has all these elements or needs one or two to complete it in a beautiful way. Maybe there’s an aspect that can be improved upon. Winter time is a quite time to start planning for next year’s outdoor living!
Read the list and take it with you as you walk around your great garden, making notes and jotting down ideas or sketches as you go. Remember, great gardens don’t get ‘installed.’ They evolve and are fine-tuned over time!
- Enclosure: The best gardens have a sense of enclosure. They need not be completely surrounded, but there should be a sense of safety and privacy. Visual boundaries don’t necessarily need to be inside your property line, but great gardens feel like they’re a distinct place.
- Unique Personality: The very best gardens are a reflection of their creator’s personalities. You can’t help but create something unique if you choose plants and garden décor that excites you, and combine them in a way that pleases you. Never be afraid to experiment. If you include things you truly love, it will all work together.
- Places to relax and dine: Gardens aren’t meant to just look at or walk through. They’re for relaxation, conversation and outdoor dining. Think of your outside space as an outdoor room. Provide all the amenities you’d want in order to relax and entertain. Comfortable seating, a dining area and even a cooking area are what most people choose.
- Shade (or ceiling): You’ll want to place your seating areas where there’s protection during the hottest hours of the day. A canopy of trees or a patio umbrella fit the need.
- Focal Points: Elements in a great garden, just like room décor indoors, shouldn’t be of equal importance. Our eyes need a place to rest. So create primary focal points and, if your garden is large, some secondary points. The objects of these points can be sculpture, a water feature, a bench, or a striking plant. Add surround plants and other materials that support, but not compete with these features.
- Color: Color is usually the first thing we think about when planning a garden. Choosing a color theme will help keep your garden unified. But remember, green is a color, too. It’s one of the most restful and luxuriant ones as well. Nothing’s wrong with a sophisticated and subtle all-green garden where texture and shape provide the pleasure.
- Water: Water, moving or not, provides a cooling sensation. But it can also change the character of a garden space – the sound of a fountain provides a bit of energy, whereas a still body of water is calming. The use of water in a garden can be visually and aurally subtle or grand and spectacular. Make sure your water feature fits the character you want!
So, enjoy the walk around your great garden! Let your mind run free of worries and enjoy what you’re about to create!