How To Plan The Perfect Garden!
Most gardens happen by chance. You start with a plant here and a plant there and before you know it you have your garden. The result might be a delightful hodgepodge … or perhaps not. Here are a few guidelines to help you plan a new garden:
The lines that you create are bound to trigger responses from the viewer. What response are you looking for? Straight or curved, your eye automatically follows a garden’s line. Gentle, curving lines are relaxing and restful. Straight lines create excitement and “tension.” Not surprisingly, whatever lines you choose to work into your garden say a lot about your personality.
Form is the shape of the different elements in your garden space … the outline of the different plants, trees and shrubs. A variety of shapes gives character to a garden and determines its style … formal or informal.
Keep the size of the garden bed in proportion to what surrounds it. A small round garden in the centre of a large yard will be ineffective. When you have a small space to work with, consider using vines on trellises to give an extra dimension to the garden
Texture provides visual excitement. The variety of textures of flowers, foliage and tree bark provides interest and establishes a mood. Rough textures create a casual atmosphere. Smooth, velvety surfaces like that of a rose petal create a more a formal and elegant feeling.
Fragrance in the garden creates yet another dimension. Locate scented plants near a path or sitting area where they will be most appreciated.
Use colour to manipulate space. If you have a large space, plant flowers in warm colours like red and yellow to make the landscape seem more intimate. If you have a tiny space, cooler colours like blue, purple, green and white open it up and make the garden seem larger. In a small space limit the varieties and colours of plants you use. Masses of one colour are more effective.
Repetition in the garden is the most overlooked element of all. You create a more pleasing picture when form, line, colour and textures are repeated several times within a space.
Use an interesting shrub, piece of garden art, a small pond or even gazebo as the focal point around which to develop your garden.
Try to plan your garden so that something interesting is going on year round. Plant a few fall blooming plants early in the season and you'll be rewarded with vibrant splashes of colour up until frost. During the winter months ornamental grasses provide interest when everything else is dormant. Garden ornaments and statuary that can stay out of doors also spruce up the winter landscape.
Though following accepted design guidelines is a safe way to plan out a new garden, most of us are happiest if the outcome reflects our personal tastes. They way you decorate your home will give you a clue as to what kind of garden design you’ll likely be comfortable with. If you favour a look that’s clean and sparse, you’ll probably want lots of open space in your garden design. If you like to be surrounded by keepsakes you treasure you’ll enjoy creating secret nooks in the garden and locating a surprise element around every corner, perhaps a small, still pond or an interesting piece of garden. If you love bold, bright colours, chances are you’ll probably enjoy using hot colours like red, orange and purple in the garden.
Easy Plants for Beginners
- Peony (Paeonia)
- Siberian iris (Iris Sibirica)
- Daylily (Hemerocallis)
- Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
- Purple coneflower (Echinacea)
- Cranesbill (Hardy Geranium)
- Stonecrop (Sedum)
- Pansies (Viola)
- Pot Marigold (Calendula)
- Nasturtium (Tropaeolum)
- Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)
- Pinks (Dianthus)
- Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule)
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