Garden screen and dividers – Provided a garden is of an appropriate shape and size, division of the space into a number of smaller areas can dramatically increase the apparent size of the overall composition. It may also provide a feeling of mistery and surprise, engender an element of movement, and create opportunities for a series of different themes. This kind of space division can be achieved either in a straight-forward way, by using a solid barrier such as a wall, hedge or fence, or by using some kind of open garden screen that partially blocks a view but beckons you on with a glimpse of things to come.
Divisions of this kind do more than just block or deflect a view; by encouraging you to follow a planned route, interest is created in the different spaces along the way.
Planning a landscaping project – Collect landscaping ideas from home and garden magazines. These magazines often showcase the most beautiful homes, and the most beautiful gardens. Though you might not be able to completely copy the look that you find in the magazine, you can gain inspiration which will help you to end up with a finished product that you are proud of.
When planning a landscaping project use contrast to bring interest to your landscaping. Try to plant items that are very different from each other in color, form and texture. Look at a color wheel, select the colors that are opposite each other and then pair plantings of those colors together. This variety will give a better look to your landscape.
Create A Wildlife In Your Backyard – Birds and small animals need water for drinking and keeping themselves cool during hot summer months. If you have enough space in your backyard, try creating a small backyard pond that could provide them the water they need. Another alternative is to install a small bird bath where birds could gather around.
Bird baths – A bird bath could be as simple as putting a small pie tin somewhere and filling it with water. If you want something fancier, you could buy a pre-fabricated one or create one using cement and fiberglass.
Growing plants in hanging baskets is one of the best garden projects, and they are very popular these days. Begin by buying a large hanging basket, into which you can pack plenty of plants. Sit the basket firmly on a large pot or bucket, and then line the inside of the bottom half of the basket with one of the many types of liners available, such as sphagnum moss, and half fill with potting compost (soil mix). Then carefully insert the roots of the chosen plants from the outside, in.
When the bottom half has been planted, firm in the root balls with more compost, and then add sphagnum around the top inner half of the basket. Continue planting up in this way.
Decorating a garden is largely a matter of personal taste. There are several elements that tend to be recognized to create a given mood or enhance the look of the area. Water is often used. Japanese gardens have traditionally used water to draw the eye to various focal points in the garden. These ancient designs derive influence from Taoist or Shinto values. Japanese gardens tend to fit in with their surroundings. It is common for a Japanese garden to mimic the landscape of rural Japan, with features resembling mountains, forests, rivers and prairies.
A stream with real water requires significant infrastructure, including pumps and filters. Sometimes a simulated river will be created out of river rock, complete with bridges and other features exclusive to a riparian environment. These simulated rivers are much easier to maintain, and require only an occasional pass with a leaf blower to look put together.
Creating space has much to do with movement around the garden. The way in which different areas are linked together, by paths, pergolas, bridges, steps or terraces, can enormously increase their apparent size and interest.
However, it is equally true that a linking element positioned carelessly and without proper regard to its surroundings, or the random placing of too many elements together, can confuse the eye and appear to diminish, rather than expand the available space in the garden.
Many elements in the garden encourage movement: entrances and exits, a disappearing path, a covered walk, a focal point, a pierced screen; or something as mundane as the washing line, dustbin or greenhouse.