For many people, the garden is a place to go and relax and achieve a deep sense of purpose. It’s also a place where we can facilitate a little patch of nature and use our unique human capacities to nurture it in the way we see fit.
However, often the garden can become neglected. Worse still, we can run out of ideas about what do in it. So what are the best ways to spruce up your garden?
Let’s start with the edges. Every garden needs to have a great frame. In the past, the wealthy noble elites built walled gardens. It was a way of encapsulating their magnificent gardens and drawing a line between the domains of nature and man.
Now, though, we don’t have walled gardens so much. But we do still establish a perimeter. And the way that this is done informs so much of what happens in the interior of that space.
Many front gardens, for instance, are surrounded by wrought iron fences and have wrought iron gates for access. When your garden is framed in this way, it should be filled with pot plants and bright, vibrant colours for contrast. However, if your garden is encircled by a light wooden fence, then go with grassy lawns and flower beds instead.
Use Outdoor Lighting
On a sunny day, our gardens invariably look stunning. All those beautiful plants create a sense of tranquility and peace. But at night, garden’s are a lot less accessible. For one, you can hardly see what you’re doing. And that’s a shame during the late spring and the early autumn, when the weather is warmers and the evenings longer.
That’s why it can be a good idea to use lighting in the garden to open up the space in the evening. Don’t just settle for a 400W security light. They hardly create a welcoming atmosphere. Instead, be creative. Why not weave faerie lights around a fortuitously-placed tree trunk or around a wicker obelisk instead? Doing this will instantly open up your garden and make it look like a wonderland – literally. Remember, LED outdoor lights are best suited for this purpose.
Many people only have a very limited space to work with when it comes to their gardens. But this can be used to your advantage.
One thing you can do is use mirrors to open up otherwise crowded spaces. Place mirrors in places where one would naturally expect them to be. Perhaps you have a veranda with an alcove, sectioned off from the rest of the space. This would be a great place to install a large, outdoor mirror. The mirror would reflect into infinity any plants or beds placed in front of it, opening up an otherwise tight space.
You might also consider making a mirror a feature of an enclosed area behind a shed or a greenhouse. Again, it would be a great way to open up the space and, if done artistically, improve the whole aesthetic of the garden.