Garden Decoration Ideas
Tasteful decoration ideas are the one thing that really matters when it comes to creating a beautiful, natural garden. The secret to having a natural garden is designing it to be suitable not only for humans but also have it be a welcoming haven for local wildlife. This includes visitors that other garden owners might consider to be pests such as snails and frogs and of course bees. It is true that you might occasionally have to rush back inside with your dinner to avoid being stung but you should take it with humour: after all the bees spend more time out there than you do so they might be more entitled.
The Natural Garden
Having a natural garden doesn’t mean that you can’t cultivate your own crops. Fruit trees, vegetables and especially herbs can positively thrive in a buzzing paradise. Little paths, water features with garden bridges and seating arrangements add structure and simple wooden posts protect the herb beds and offer backing for tomato plants. Having many perennials in your garden helps to keep it low maintenance. It suffices to remove withered plants whenever required. When you plant perennials just add some horn shavings to help them get started. You will have plenty of time to enjoy your garden without constantly working in it.
A great idea to add personality to your garden is by collecting interesting stones or rocks and turn them into a feature in your garden. Shells from the seaside can be used in the same way. Use rocks to build a herb spiral and adorn it with shells you found on ramblings along the beach. Having a surprise around every corner is a great way to keep your garden interesting. It doesn’t have to be something obvious, it should just be fun to go around your garden and explore. You could for instance build a shelter for wild bees.
The Small Garden
It is a common misconception that small gardens are easier to decorate and design than big ones. In fact, a small garden requires much more thought and planning. Imagine the garden is a green room. While a big garden will let you have several “rooms” you will have to stick to one kind of style in a small one. Mixing different styles and designs usually goes wrong.
One of the many big mistakes is the choice of plants. People too often choose fast growing but short-lived plants. These plants grow at an explosive rate and exceed the garden’ proportions. Another commonly made mistakes is just surrounding a lawn area with some hedges. It makes the garden look dead and boring.
So which plants are ideal for a small garden? Generally, small growing shrubs and everything that can be cut back easily such yew trees, hornbeam or apple/pear espalier trees. Shrubs can set striking accents. Great choices are witch hazel or arrowwood. Various types of grass add a light movement. It is even possible to completely leave out any kind of grass and replace it with herniary, brassbuttons or heath pearlwort.
Just because your garden is small doesn’t mean you can’t have water features in it. A little rock fountain could work very well or if you want to choose a slightly more generous amount of water then make sure that the rest of your garden matches this. There is no reason why you couldn’t have a little garden bridge cross your pond as long as you keep it in proportion.
The secret to making your garden look bigger is to create layers by having at least one elevated flower or herb bed, or two to three steps leading to an elevated seating area. The key is to blur boundaries which can be achieved by leaving out optical limitations at the end of the garden. This way it can look like the tree in the background is part of our garden. It makes your green room seem bigger and more generous.