For many homeowners, the garden is a place of tranquility and relaxation, an extension of the home where the great outdoors is made homier and fit for habitation. The garden is a living area that deserves to be beautified just as much as the living room, the better for you to entertain guests under the natural light of the sun, or the cool breeze of the night.
It sounds romantic, doesn’t it? However, getting a garden that does all that requires some work. In the eyes of the homeowner and visitor, much of a garden’s beauty comes from how it’s designed, from its layout, choice of flowers and plants, trees, terraces, to the lawns. This amalgamation can be brought to life by butterflies and birds that are drawn to gardens with thriving growth, and can be further enhanced with right garden décor.
Small Changes, Big Effects
The good news is that even the simplest of garden decorations can make a significant change to your garden’s entire look. The art of garden decoration is about making several small changes that come together to create a dramatic effect on your garden’s appearance—even the most elaborate garden had to start somewhere small.
Here are 4 steps you can take when decorating your garden for the first time.
Plan your concept or theme ahead
When decorating your garden, the last thing you want to do is decorate on the fly, making additions because this piece looks pretty, or because you think a certain set of plants will look good in a corner of your garden. Doing this will only lead you to blowing your decorating budget, not to mention there’s a good chance your garden will have a hodgepodge of décor items—not a pretty sight.
If you want to have a smooth decorating process, think of a motif or concept before you even begin decorating the garden. Your garden decoration motif or theme will serve as a blueprint when choosing different kinds of plants and flowers, deciding between landscapes, and working on other aspects of your garden’s design. If an architect refers to blueprints when building a home, you should also do the same when decorating your garden, that is, if you want to keep your sanity.
Choose the appropriate plants for your garden’s décor
If you’re a novice gardener and don’t know which plants to choose for your garden, it’s a good idea to consult with expert decorators of outdoor spaces for tips on which plant types, especially flowering plants, will fit your garden.
Depending on how you want your garden to look like, you could be looking at using an assortment of plants with varying colors and sizes.
A good rule of thumb is to group your favorite specimens in containers and place them at eye-level for you and your visitors to enjoy. Plants like agaves and senecios, which have unusual shapes, are best placed in separate containers instead of flowerbeds, where they disappear into the foliage.
Make proper use of furnishings and ornaments
Garden furnishings and ornaments should be more than an afterthought in your garden. These items have the ability to guide your garden’s layout, serving as a base for your decisions when deciding how to shape your outdoor space. For instance, a wrought-iron gate, though simple, can be an elegant entrance to a beautiful green world, a fountain at the center of the garden is practically visitors to look into the waters and perhaps make a wish, while lanterns hung on trees can raise your eyes to the treetops, creating a larger sense of space. A bench can also inspire a nap, or an afternoon spent reading your favorite book.
In other words, furnishings and ornaments, when strategically placed, not only look pretty but also have the ability to tell people what to do, whether it’s to look up¸ look here, look down, or stay for a while.
But, as with most things in design, the trick is to find a balance, to not overdo it.
Consider the tables and chairs used in a garden. These furniture pieces should blend with other decorative objects in the garden and not overpower them. What this means is that expensive, all weather pieces may not necessarily be your best option, especially when the subtlety brought about by rush-finished iron dining sets works so much better.
Outdoor spaces like gardens can prove to be very romantic after dark, that’s if they’re lit by the right kind of light. When going about the business of lighting your garden, it’s imperative that you consider how lighting affects the appearance of your plants, furniture, and even garden stones at night.
Even the most manicured gardens can look terrible when cast under an unflattering glow.
You don’t have to be a professional to choose lamps for your garden—all it takes is research on your part. LED lamps have grown to be a garden favorite because they generate a bright light, and consume very little electricity. It doesn’t hurt either that they come in a wide variety of colors or color temperatures.
Brandon Imhoff is the owner of Premier Lawn Care Company. He loves to share his thoughts on lawn and landscaping.