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Garden Decor Tips

For those who enjoy gardening and landscape design, consider how much more visually striking a garden can become through the careful use of garden decor.

Garden decor involves the use of different objects placed in the garden to highlight, compliment, or accentuate the existing flowers, plants, and landscape. This includes familiar garden decor such as the use of humorous plaques and signs, free standing fairies, or tactics such as “tree people”, where a few objects are cleverly attached to a tree to create the appearance of not just a face, but a whole personality for the tree.

Additionally garden decor often includes the use of an integrated and clever lighting set up. For instance, a garden may contain various statues that also function as a solar lighting receiver, funneling energy in and back out through crafty solar panels and lights embedded in the statue.

Garden decor often includes items such as bugs, fairies, clowns, gnomes, signs, and religious figures such as baby angels, Buddha statues, and Virgin Mary statues.

When accentuating a garden using decor, it is important to have a plan which highlights the best parts of the garden. For instance, this may mean leading a viewers eyes to a certain part of the garden with an especially visually striking patch of plants. To accomplish this, decorations may be used to “lead the way” for the eye to follow, so to speak. Another method of highlighting the garden with decorations is to place a bench or creating a seating area in the garden. This naturally suggests that this area of the garden is special; people will enjoy the garden from this area, and a gardener essentially can then design the garden from the standpoint of the bench being the audience and the surrounding area the stage.

Decorations for the garden vary in price and quality. While it is tempting to save money and purchase cheap items, these decorations will likely not last. Considering that any placed in the garden must withstand the pressure of an outdoor environment, the wear and tear on them can be considerable. It is usually worth it to invest in a nicer item that will last longer than it is to save a few dollars when buying something, especially for any decoration that is year round and not seasonal.

Landscaping – A Lovely Art

In a country as beautiful and warm as South Africa, who needs an attractive interior if one can have a striking exterior? In a recent poll, it was determined that the landscape architect profession would have a larger than average growth within the next ten years, while architecture would only have an average growth. This proves that more and more people want to spend on beautiful gardens and as the world becomes more “green,” why not join the movement and benefit in the meantime.

Start with the front yard and show the world that style tips can come from Mother Nature. Colourful flowers with bold, bright hues can make visitors feel at home. It always helps to let a professional take a look at your space before you start designing, because even though a cheaper option might look more appealing at first, the ultimate result could not be exactly what you planned on. Design on paper what you have in mind then let a designer give you advice. This will ultimately save money, because you won’t change your garden every year.

Divide the project into phases or areas in the landscape, because this allows you to start imagining the whole picture and you can make changes before it is too late. Look at online catalogues and guides to expand your knowledge on plants and to determine fair prices. One should also visit botanical gardens and arboretums to get a visual idea and demolition sites can be a perfect source of stones.

When designing ones landscape, one should get to know the terrain, natural elevations, natural trees and grass already growing on the ground, because these can effect your plans and will ultimately determine if there is harmony in the landscape. The size of the yard is also extremely important to consider when thinking about elements like walkways, stonewalls or big trees. For example, pathways and steps will work perfectly in a large yard, while large trees and dense shrubs will overpower small gardens. The landscape should enhance the building to make it warm and welcoming.

It is good to keep grass at a certain height and cut it regularly to keep it healthy. Keep grass, plant and shrubs nourished by watering it frequently and use fertilizer to nourish the ground and keep insects away. “Scattering” colour by placing petunias and impatiens as a blanket on the lawn, which will help grow flowers. You should avoid throwing away old wood and yard debris, because (and this will help cut costs) things like wood can be dressed up, painted or bleached to create artistic effects within the garden. Using different shapes and natural colours of stones will also add life to a garden, especially when arranged in a way that would be aesthetically pleasing and compliment already existing decor and design.

After all these thought processes, one should ultimately consider ones own style and what one wants to look at and experience every day. Options are limitless, with patio’s, water features, structures and even garden lighting to consider. Ultimately, excitement and creativity should be the most important elements.

How to Choose Between Pots and Landscaping Beds For Your Plants and Flowers

Regardless of what types of flowers you would like to purchase or plant in your garden, you will be restricted by space, drainage, light, weather and supplies. Perhaps you live in a high rise and only have a small balcony; or you live on a farm and have too much space and prefer to landscape a secluded area which will become your main patch; in contrast, you may live in a row house with very little natural light and prefer to concentrate on developing a welcoming patio.

Before you begin to plant, you need to assess what types of supplies you have. Do you have a lot of mismatched pots, what heights, how wide? Do you have a lot of dirt, or good top soil? Do you have eclectic accessories that can compliment your decor? If you visualize what you would like to try to accomplish before you start your project, and adapt your vision as you progress into it, you’ll be more satisfied with the end results than if you purchase all types of different plants without a vision of where they will be planted. If you have sun all day long in your front yard, you don’t want to plant flowers that require shade, such as impatients. On the other hand, if you have shade on your patio, then you may want to go overboard with different pots filled with a vibrant variety of colored impatients.

Most landscapers recommend that you purchase good potting soil. Keep in mind that most are in the business to try to get you to purchase new and novel supplies. However, the cheap stuff works just as well if prepared correctly. If you live around a beach, you may want to collect sea shells to put at the bottom of your pots for drainage. In this instance, you won’t have to fill the entire pot with dirt. Packing popcorn is also a good drainage for plants.

The name of the game is creativity. You can tend to a yard with easy care potted plants that allow you to indulge in your vision without a lot of effort. A simple iron bench can become a focus point once complemented with plants or shrubs. In addition, once your project is finished, you’ll reap the benefits all season without having to put in much effort except watering.

Liven up a small townhouse backyard by displaying a yard bench and clay pots around it with colorful plants such as bougainvillea which is a sun climber. Intersperse a statue amongst the pots. If you have climbing roses or vines against a fence, it will focus the eyes on the plants and the bench instead of a blank wall or fence. Create contrast and visual vibrancy by curving the containers, mix or matching, putting tall plants in the back with smaller pots with cascading flowers in front to create height. Instead of waiting for some shrubs which are slow to grow, stand the pots on others to create a wider row of foliage; set them besides a fountain. The entire effect will create a focal point. Offer a welcoming entrance to a section of your garden with a arbor with potted plants on either side. Gather unmatched planters on a ledge, or table, or even recycle iron bins and containers.

Anything you create will translate into the vision you first thought of and will create a sense of satisfaction as you watch your creation grow, mature and deliver a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and beauty. Our website can assist you in designing your vision, create your landscaping and help you enjoy many satisfying moments of rest and relaxation. http://www.theyardbench.com.