Late spring is a great time to take a close look at your garden to decide where you need to make some changes. Truly memorable gardens get their character from lovely bones — benches, water features, garden accents, sculptures, containers and planters, stone work, arbors/pergolas, custom fences and gates, terraces, patios, garden lighting, and edging around your plant beds.
Many first time gardeners are often surprised and discouraged when they find their lovely and very expensive collection of plants are nothing more than too many random plants piled together in a forgetable outdoor space. Take the time out now to think about your garden’s bone structure.
When you add architectural elements to your garden spaces that can include a bench, stone accents, an arbor, landscape lighting, a patio of flagstone, and a curving stone path to lead to your large grouping of beautiful plants, your garden will come to life, and you’ll forever change your home life.
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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