Container Garden Ideas – Container gardens can create a natural sanctuary in a busy city street, along rooftops or on balconies. You can easily accentuate the welcoming look of a deck or patio with colorful pots of annuals, or fill your window boxes with beautiful shrub roses or any number of small perennials. Whether you arrange your pots in a group for a massed effect or highlight a smaller space with a single specimen, you’ll be delighted with this simple way to create an indoor or outdoor garden.
Ornamental Furniture In The Garden – Seats and tables take up a fairly large space in the garden. Too often they spoil the effect by being of unsympathetic materials or simply too large for their environment. Putting a group of garden furniture on a special area of paving helps give it a purposeful look and acts as a framework. Scale is important. lt may be a good idea to enclose the area partially so that the furniture’s bulk does not intrude visually into the garden.
Moving Water In The Garden – Adding movement to water creates a truly magical effect. Reﬂections are enhanced, the sound of moving water is soothing and musical, and fish benefit from the enhanced oxygenation of the water. Water lilies, however, prefer still water, so are better suited to ponds without fountains, or where a fountain is offset so that part of the pond remains still. Movement can he created by fountains, waterspouts, rills or cascades and is guaranteed to bring sparkle and dash to the garden. As always, it should he planned in scale with the area. A gentle trickle can he refreshing in a small garden, where a large fountain would be pretentious.
Garden Planning: Look At What You Have – Can you move comfortably from the house to the garden? It’s not as common as it used to be to find the only door to the back garden is from the kitchen. Do you have a door from the living room; would it be desirable to have one from the utility room, or even a main bedroom if you live in a bungalow?
Replacing a window with a door isn’t a major job for a builder, and it might allow you to step out on to a terrace or deck, maybe into the sunshine, perhaps with a pergola overhead for shade. If there is already a patio, is it adequate for your purposes, or should you think of making it more generous?