A garden can be a place where you go to unwind and relax after a hard day or to spend a nice weekend morning or evening with friends and family. What flowers or plants you choose to put in your garden will likely be determined by your area and its particular climate and rainfall, but your garden accessories are under your control.
Most homeowners don’t think too much about garden accessories, but they really are the difference between an average, pleasant garden and one that’s truly exceptional to behold. When picking your garden accessories, focus your time in the areas below:
The flowing sound of water can make any garden space more relaxing and soothing. Water just has a way of calming people and making them feel at ease, and there’s no better way to get running water into your garden than with a decorative fountain.
There are many different types of fountains you can use, from concrete animal-shaped fountains that can add a sense of whimsy to your garden, to more decorative, abstract bronze or metal fountains. The type you choose really depends on your own personal style – just make sure it matches the overall mood of your home.
When it comes to fountain placement, the center of your garden is the most obvious place. This usually works in all sorts of gardens because the fountain helps break up rows and clusters of plants and foliage, helping break up the visual space.
Flower Bed Edging
How you choose to edge your flower beds can make a big difference in how your garden is perceived by everybody that visits it. Typically gardens use objects like cement or stone pavers for edging, but there are alternatives.
One option that’s become popular in recent years is loose rocks of different sizes and color. These rocks or stones give your garden a more casual look, while making an obvious visual border between your flower beds and walkways.
If you’re looking for a more refined look, natural stone pavers like limestone or granite, can be cut-to-size and put in place similarly in the way of tile. Of course, this isn’t something you’ll be able to do on your own, and it can get expensive.
Still, it’s a look that works well with many modern homes as well as in Japanese-inspired gardens, where stone is commonly used.
Much like a fountain, a well-placed bird bath is a great way to break up how the eye perceives large groups of flowers and plants. Bird baths also come in a variety of different finishes, from natural stone looks to more ornamental bronze and metallic finishes.
Generally, you want to place a birdbath away from a walkway – that way, birds will actually use it, unimpeded by people.
Lanterns and Lamps
You may not need outdoor lanterns and hanging lamps to light your garden, but they work well to create visual interest and intrigue to your garden space. Hanging lanterns designed to look like paper lanterns are popular, and they’re easy to hang.
You can also find solar and LED-powered garden lights on strings that you can hang across your garden to give it a natural, pleasant glow that won’t pull a lot of power.
Designing your own garden is an excellent way to spend a few sunny afternoons. If you don’t have a green thumb, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your garden – as long as somebody else maintains it!
Use the decorative garden accessories above to perfect your garden, even if you aren’t going to do any of the serious gardening yourself.