Now that my current garden is a blank palette, I have to begin thinking about what features I want to include in my garden plan.
And one thing I know for sure that I want to include is an Arbor. Arbors, Obelisks and other trellises tug your eyes up, creating a much more visual space – especially when you grow things like clematis or hydrangea on them!
Paths. Yes, it seems simple, but paths give the garden a nice flow. I like pea stone gravel paths, but you can use brick, concrete, dirt or just rocks along the edge. I like that is brings visitors to your garden on a journey. (I hope that isn’t too hokey for you?)
Bird baths. Oh how I like these. I am a big fan of garden ornaments (as you shall see later) and the bird bath does that plus attracts birds!
And I love a good water feature!
I am not saying that I need a huge pond with a vertical fountain like this one, but some little water movement is nice. I especially enjoy the sound of water trickling. I think is is soothing. And a garden should be soothing.
And there are ornaments galore!
I have a few small stone ducks from my grandmother that I hide about the garden, under leaves and around plants. But that will not be all for me. There are gardeners that call garden ornaments ‘tacky’, but I prefer the term, ‘kitchy.’
And gates. Oh how I love gatesl They add a touch a of personality to the garden. They can be hand carved from wood, welded with metal or made from resin or something else. But that is another feature that I just got to find a home for.
And while I would love to include all of these things, I may have to pick and choose. My yard is not that large that they are considered ‘the grounds’ and I don’t want to over do it. So I think the arbor is a definite yes. The gate, yes. Garden ornaments, big yes.
Oh wait, I think I am going to have to think some more on this ….