When driving through most residential areas, it quickly becomes apparent how the yards and landscapes all blend together. It seems that the homeowners all selected similar trees and flowers, typical yard ornaments and other props creating a dulling repetition of immaculately tailored lawns. But, still, a garden for the house does sound nice doesn’t it?
In such a sea of sameness, it is always easy to appreciate a compelling landscape effort that takes the road less traveled. There exists an almost infinite array of plants, features, pots, and props to make a garden for the house project truly unique. Creating that one-of-a-kind landscaping effort is a challenge limited only to your fertile imagination and available budget.
Work With Nature
Whatever features you propose to implement, never fail to keep the peculiarities of your house and property in mind. The best landscaping efforts will always work in harmony with existing surroundings, enhancing strong points and drawing attention away from any problems. In other words “it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”!
Also be honest about how much time you will have to maintain your planned oasis. It serves no purpose to install a dazzling and enticing landscape only to watch it die or become overgrown from lack of attention.
Garden Features are Many and Varied
In the case of garden features there is lots of to think about. In and of themselves they can seem quite ordinary, but a properly executed landscape design and location can reveal hidden qualities highlighting the features you install. Garden cascades, ponds, wall mounted fountains, labyrinths, mazes, fencing, patios and a myriad of alternative garden features can create a landscape like no other. Something as simple as installing a mosaic walkway rather than the bland, boring cement squares can create a stunning and unusual feature.
If your garden is designed with an over-arching theme each feature should compliment that theme. As an example of an Asian theme, your pathways may well be constructed of bamboo instead of stone or concrete.
When designing a garden for the house including a garden water feature, whether large or small is tempting. If included, make it more interesting with a unique stone bridge or an unusual plant such as an Amazon Lily pad to compliment it. An interesting garden bridge might be as simple as large flat stones above the water’s surface. Or, perhaps, a formal painted and lacquered structure with room for a table and chairs. Does this take both work and money? Yes! Is it worth it? Yes!
Garden Walls are Great for Privacy
Where privacy is a concern garden walls will add a lot of interest to a garden for the house. Walls can be installed along your property’s boundary lines or they can be used to separate areas within the yard itself.
Walls can be constructed by any number of materials to compliment your vision. You can even use plants as borders which will keep your space all “green”.
Garden accessories run the gamut from rustic to formal. Scour local flea markets for plant supports, containers or anything which may be adapted to resist the outdoors. Old wine racks may also be transformed into elegant plant stands Even old discarded headboards or even bed frames can work. Wrought iron pieces of furniture, the older the better, will work in any style garden.
Location, location, location!
How you place your plantings will do wonders to transform your garden into a one-of-a-kind landscape. Rather than a neat hedgerow, plant a small garden maze with a center for a distinct feature like a statue or other theme appropriate accessory. Rather than a plain square bed of flowers, think about a flower clock or flag comprised of colorful plants.
Pleached features, topiaries, and other strategically pruned plants will certainly draw attention to areas of your landscape. Fill containers and window boxes with plants not often seen but still easily grown in your area. Geraniums and petunias are safe favorites. Try some other plants for a more interesting transformation.
Do some research and look at some gardening history books for concepts to make your setting more of a standout. Take your time to design your garden with unique features. You will find more fulfillment and satisfaction from your surroundings.