Are you a gardening aficionado? Or one of those people who only dream of having their own fairytale-like secret garden, but in reality, you just don’t know when to start. Too often people feel intimidated or lack ideas, and miss the chance to turn their property into a wonderful, lush oasis that it could be. If you feel stumped (pun intended!), here are some guidelines to get you on track.
Creating a garden is a project that requires some planning for optimal results. You might get lucky and get it right with a spontaneous approach. However, planning allows you to really think about your space, its potential, and its proportions. Maybe you’ll plant a tree, or some flowers only to later decide that they’re smack in the middle of the perfect location for your path. Just a bit of forethought can help you avoid situations like this. You don’t have to hammer out every last detail. Just a general draft will do.
Create a comfortable nook
To enjoy your garden to its full potential, you will need a seating area. This area should be paved (mud is no fun), and shaded. There are various ways to protect yourself from the elements, such as a pergola, a gazebo, or quality commercial shade sails. They will protect you both from the rain and harmful UV rays. When it comes to garden furniture, invest in sturdy pieces that will be able to withstand the outdoor conditions. Depending on the size of the garden, you could also add benches for resting or reading at various locations.
Play with the unexpected
The really cool thing about having a garden is that it’s like your own playground or even an artist’s canvas. You just need to open your mind, and you’ll start seeing that plenty of things can find their place in your project. How about using an old bathtub or buckets as planters? Or maybe a wheelbarrow? Old metal objects can be used as ornaments. Break old tiles to create a mosaic. The only limit is your imagination.
Make a fairytale garden shed
As soon as you take up gardening, you will discover that it requires plenty of tools. You will need to keep them all somewhere, so a shed is in order. However, it doesn’t have to be just an ugly old shed. Instead, make a shed that will enhance the beauty of your garden. There are plenty of gorgeous cozy, retro designs. Make sure you use natural materials such as stone or reclaimed wood for maximum beauty and sustainability.
Please all the senses
Sure, a wonderful garden is a sight for sore eyes. But beauty is not just what you can see. Creating a garden is the perfect way to please all the senses. Who doesn’t enjoy birdsong, for instance? Hearing it every day is simply a matter of installing a bird feeder. Plenty of flowers and herbs not only look great but also smell wonderful. And how about strolling around your personal oasis, picking a fruit and eating it straight from the tree? If you’ve got a larger space, an orchard might be something to consider. Even if your garden is tiny, you probably have room for at least one or two fruit-bearing trees.
What’s your theme?
Whimsical can be wonderful, but it can also be too much if you go overboard. To avoid creating a garden that just looks messy, pick a theme. Do you want a fairytale garden? Rural and cozy? Medieval? Modern? Whatever your theme, try to stick to it. For that final touch that will truly elevate the space, consider creating a focal point. It could be a statue, a fish pond, an elaborate space for birds, or a small fountain. This spot will bind all of the other elements together.
Creating and maintaining a gorgeous garden does, arguably, take a fair amount of time and effort. However, the rewards are much greater. There’s nothing better than having your own, private green heaven.