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GardenWise on Garden Accents!

Garden accents say much about the gardener, and they can make or break a garden space.  Finding the right garden ornament can be a difficult task. 

We’ve all visited  our share of gardens that would inspire us more if it weren’t for those gnomes!   Religious  statuesbottle  trees, stones  with  inspirationsal phrasesand even garden gates; so many ideas to choose  from,  and not all choices blend as well into a landscape as others. I have a Chinese pagoda,  similar  in  structure  to  the  Sui  dynasty  7th  century  Four  Gates Pagoda, and a large hand carved Buddha head which I think  add strong  stone  elements   to  my  garden  space.  But  that  may not be where you will find your inspiration — there are so many choices! Bottom line, everyone has different ideas and motivations when it comes to garden accents, which is what makes visiting a friend’s garden space so much fun.
 
Here’s a link to a feature from  Garden & Gun magazine, “Weird Things in Your Yard”,  on finding the right garden accent/ornament
 

Add Winter Garden Interest

Winter is coming and for those of us who plant multi-seasonal gardens, the garden show continues with some of our favorites about to take center stage.   If you find yourself in the need of a new blast of color this year, there are some easy ways to do so that won’t break the bank.  

Introduce new shrubs that will add colorful stems to your landscape. One of my favorites is the Yellow Twig Dogwood for its display of the most beautiful shade of gold in winter.

Display colorful containers.  Add additional winter interest in unique and eye-catching containers in garden areas that may look barren during winter.  Also add colorful containers in strategic areas that will enhance your winter landscape views from your home.  

Add Garden Accents.  While one of my favorite garden accents is a nice colorful shrub, think about adding a plant with colorful berries, such as Nandina.  A metal sculpture, such as the penguin we sent to my in-laws in Los Angeles,  can introduce some whimsical fun, while adding a new focal point.

 

 

Architectural Elements are Garden Wise

From Garden to Landscape

For those creating a master garden plan, think seriously about enhancing your landscape with architectural design elements. Earlier we talked about how these types of elements, patios, arbors, walkways, etc. will serve as much needed bone structure for any garden space. By adding a garden gate and some fencing that can be modern, Asian inspired, or whimsical, your garden will have the structure it needs while showing your own personality in the space.

Also think about water and how you can add it to your space. I can’t say enough about water and the importance it will play in your garden space. Water features come in all shapes and sizes, so don’t think because you have a smaller space you don’t have the luxury of a water fountain. By adding water to your garden you will create a wonderful visual while adding the relaxing sounds of gurgling water, something we all can look forward to after a long day in the world outside our front door.

Another favorite garden structure is the pergola, which can serve as a doorway or shelter in your space while adding a dramatic effect and appealing focal point. I designed and installed this D.C. roofdeck garden and I think about it often. It’s a cozy roofdeck oasis that delivered big results, leaving its guests, and designer, with total roof garden envy.

All Above Photos are GardenWise, Inc. Gardens Photo Credit: Lydia Cutter