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      Re-invent Your Garden

      A garden can not only improve the look of your home, but it can also provide a great deal of joy and even fresh flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables depending on what kind of garden you have. Part of the beauty of gardening is that you can always be doing something different, finding new plants to enjoy and all around re-inventing your garden.



      Here are seven super simple, yet effective ways to re-design your garden for maximum visual impact and seamless functionality.


      1. Dress Up Your Perimeter


      What defines your garden from other spaces? Is it a fence, a brick half wall or even just a few stepping stones or pathway lights? The first step to re-doing your garden is determining how your garden is separated from other people’s yards or gardens, your home and other areas of your yard.


      One of the most important aspects of defining your perimeter is deciding how best to integrate privacy into your garden. While big, tall fences were once the go-to for ultimate privacy, avid gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts are finding these a distraction from the beautiful foliage they’ve worked so hard to procure.


      A living wall, or “green screen” can be a great addition to any perimeter and can not only create a private space for you to enjoy our garden, it can actually expand your garden vertically and overall, give you more space and ways to create your own serene paradise.


      2. Define Your Garden’s Focus


      Before you make any changes to your garden or make any purchases, think about what you want your garden’s focus to be. Do you want a central area where people can gather? Or do you want several small areas of focus that stand out along a general path? Decide what you want your garden to do, or what you want to get out of it. This will let you know how you need to be allocating your time and resources to make the biggest impact.


      3.  Scope Out Your Seating


      Most gardens have some type of seating, whether it be simple, flat stone benches or elaborate patio sets. What kind of seating do you currently have? Is it showing signs of wear, or are you tiring of the color or style? Updating your garden seating is a great way to make your garden feel brand-new.


      If you don’t have seating in your garden, consider adding some. Do you have a particular area of your garden that you tend to gravitate to? Consider putting a wooden Adriondack chair or decorative bench near that area. Do you want to re-vamp your garden into an outdoor entertaining area? Think about purchasing a larger patio set that can accommodate more people.


      4. Warm It Up


      A fire pit is an easy way to add ambiance, warmth and style to your garden, especially if you like to spend time in your garden in the evening or enjoy entertaining others. There are many different styles of fire pits, so think about how you might be using one before you make your purchase.


      Garden Design suggests placing a fire pit poolside, or even using one as the center of your seating area. You can also use a smaller fire pit to accent a vibrant garden, or even simply set next to a single chair or bench. Fire pits add an exotic look and feel to any garden, instantly giving it a new appeal.


      5. Add A Pathway


      How do you get around in your garden? Are you stepping over plants or just kind of making your way through the foliage to get from one place to another? A pathway is easy to make, but will not only increase the efficiency of your garden, but will also give you a place to put border flowers and plants. Try a brick pathway or even something as simple stepping stones.


      6. Map Out Your Plants


      Ideal Home & Garden suggests that one of the biggest mistakes in gardening is failing to map out what plant goes where. You certainly don’t have to get it down to a science, but knowing in general that you’re going to have hostas in the lower right hand corner of your garden because it is the most shaded and marigolds in the sunnier areas can help you know what kind of plants and flowers you need and how many of them. It will also help you group together plants that require similar care, making for minimal upkeep.


      7. Work In Funky Elements


      The funkier, the better! Colorful rain galoshes or painted coffee cans turned into planters? Old wine bottles repurposed into fountains? Yes, please! Incorporate different ideas into your newly re-vamped garden to make it unique to you.


      If you want to re-invent an old garden or simply breathe new life into your existing garden, replacing your seating, redefining focal elements and adding other personal touches can help you create the garden of your dreams.


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      Posted on 19/12/13 by in Blog
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