Men's Articles

10 Tips On How To Create A Garden

Background Story

Treat the or walls behind your plot as pat the garden, too. Paint is a quick and mexpensive way to add color to your garden. Choose a color that will play up your planting - blue or purple stand out against yellow, while red or oral stand out against green. Alternatively, you could add texture to the wall with artificial stone or brick finishes. A quick and cheap option is to use bamboo sheets or blinds as a backdrop.

Base Truths

Add interest to floor with paving stones, decking panels and ornamental pebbles. They can also lend subtle changes to the level of the garden, making it appear less "flat". Just be careful not overdo it with too many different materials, especially in a small space.

Rest Easy

Make your garden more inviting by including comfortable furniture. And few pieces of furniture suit a garden like benches. They are usually slim and space-saving, easy to move around, seat several people at one go or one person lying down. You can use it as a display stand and even incorporate storage under it.

Liquid Asset

Water should be an integral part of any garden and not just for the plants. Water features add the sense of sound, while the sight of water trickling and splashing is always fascinating. The effect is best when the flow of water encounters bumps and ridges, creating interesting movements, but be careful not to create too big a splash as it could be noisy and waste resources if too much water leaves the container.

Light Relief

Add magic to your garden at night with some well-placed lanterns and spotlights. Do include free-standing lights and those with spike mounts as you can reposition them to highlight interesting features as your garden grows.

Plan Before Planting

Regardless of how much or little space you have, you need to decide what kind of garden you want. Is it to give you privacy? Or one with lots of flowers? Or one that you want to take your meals in?

Consider Your Surroundings

A common mistake that gardeners make is not taking into account the area around and outside your intended garden. These can spoil the look of your garden. Are there areas outside that you want to screen from view? If so, planting taller plants at the back will block what you do not want to see, but not your feature plants at the front of your garden. Also. if the surrounding area is to a very urban or modern style, you might want to rethink that rustic country look because the two styles could look odd next to each other

Play With Shapes

Try to envision what you want the garden to look like eventually. This will eliminate unnecessary shifting of plants. Plan on a variety of shapes - for example. short and spreading, or tall and arching - to create variety and where you would like them to go. You should also think about whether you prefer a formal, symmetrical arrangement of straight lines or an informal. organic one of curving shapes and lines. or a mix of both.
By all means, experiment with various looks by moving things around until you are satisfied. This is especially since a garden is a living thing and so will change as it grows.

Play With Space

Gardens are three-dimensional, so take the garden upwards, especially if the space is tiny. Grow climbers, as the-- require little space, and double the effect with pots of trailing plants. Hot colors such as orange and red tend to advance, bringing your garden space closer, while light colors such as pinks and blues tend to recede, creating ~an illusion of greater depth.

If your garden is small, have plants with smaller flowers and leaves so as not to overwhelm the space. But if you like plants with big, showy leaves and flowers, have just a few of them and use them as feature or accent pieces.

Play With Plants

Resist the temptation to overplant or have too many varieties. Otherwise, you get a fruit salad instead of a garden. It is better to have more pots of the same variety of plant as a massed appearance always looks more impressive than a motley crowd of assorted species. While there are no hard and fast rules to this, try not to exceed 20 varieties if your garden is small.


Copyright 2005 - 2007 Men's Articles. All rights reserved.