Gardens are works of art that you can enjoy working in as well as sitting and taking in the beautiful views and fragrances. They are, for some people, the pride and joy of their home. Gardens show your eye for creativity. Using your imagine and knowledge of horticulture, you can design a beautiful sanctuary to retreat and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature. Gardens draw in beautiful birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Gardens come in all types, sizes and varieties of plants and foliage. If you are wanting to create a garden for your home and are looking for some ideas, viewing what others have done with their yards can help you when it comes to designing an amazing outdoor garden oasis.
Map out your garden area
Before you begin tilling and planting, mapping out the area of your garden should be the first step. Like any designing and constructing, mapping out your garden plans is important if you want a successful garden. A drawn out draft of your garden helps you envision what types of plants you want, and how many you will need of each type. Rather than eyeballing and trying to guess, mapping your garden gives you a plan to go by and helps ensure your garden turns out like you envisioned it would be.
Choose your plants
Along with mapping out your garden area is choosing the plants you want in your garden and where you will plant them. Learn about the different types of plants maintenance requirements and what type of environment they need in order to grow. You don’t want to plant full-sun plants in shaded areas, and vice versa. Being educated on each plant’s growth and survival necessities is important in order to grow a beautiful, successful garden.
Level of maintenance
When planning out your garden one thing to consider is the level of maintenance you want to have. Typical, formal flower gardens require quite a bit of maintenance for their upkeep. You can count on needing to prune and deadhead flowers and foliage, fertilize and other upkeep. If you aren’t able to keep up with the maintenance, your garden will quickly begin to look overgrown and unkempt. If you are looking for less maintenance, a wildflower garden only requires watering and fertilizing as needed.
Prepare the soil
Not all soil is the ideal soil for growing a healthy, beautiful garden. Soil that is clay based, infested with rocks or has other issues that will not support a garden will need to be addressed before you start your planting. If you aren’t sure what type of soil yours is, you can talk to your University’s agriculture program. They can analyze your soil and recommend the right type of soil for your garden or what you need to do to get it ready for planting. Removing rocks and weeds, tilling, adding soil additives and compost are some of the most common things needed before planting a garden.
Tips for a beautiful garden
- Create focal points – For a breathtaking garden, use a combination of both greenery and color for variation. Create focal points throughout the garden to draw the eyes in. Ideas include using larger groupings of brightly colored flowers as a focal point, a large, flowering bush, or groupings of taller flowers that grab your attention. Another idea might be to include a water fountain or surrounded by burst of colorful flowers.
- Group flowers and plants – How you group your flowers and plants is important for creating the best dramatic appeal and visual stimulation. Group the same colored plants or foliage together to create a bigger impact. You can frame the colorful grouping with a contrasting color is a good way to create a framed look.
- Add potted plants – Potted plants in a garden add dimension and give your garden variation. Placing potted plants sporadically throughout your garden and surrounding them with a variation of other colored plants in contrasting sizes to create a dramatic effect in your garden. Be sure to use smaller pots and plants around it to make sure the main pot is the center of attention and stands out.
- Use herbs – Herbs serve multiple purposes. They not only provide added color as supporting and accent foliage bigger focal points and to highlight bigger plants and flowers. They are also great for cooking. Many people love to be able to step out into their fresh garden to cut their own, fresh herbs to use in their meals.
- Be creative and diverse – Use color schemes and repetition to create patterns and a uniformed look and appeal to the garden. Group yellows/golds together. You may want to use orange marigolds, yellow capsicums, or orange chard and Purples; such as sages, purple basil, thyme, rosemary, chive and eggplant, are just a few ideas for creating bursts of purple. White, grays and blues go with just about anything and everything. Ideas for whites, grays and blues include; blue/green leeks, sages, cabbages and cauliflower.
- Outdoor art – Outdoor art can be anything that you feel like shows off your personality and taste. Choose pieces that can be stuck in the ground, sit on tables, stick into your potted plants, or nail to a tree or fence. You don’t want to go overboard with outdoor art and clutter your garden. The garden and its natural beauty should always be the main focus, and with too much art pieces, it can quickly take over the purpose of the garden, which is to be a natural oasis.
- Use vertical spaces – Use the vertical spaces of your garden to add a different dimension by hanging, hanging plants, hanging artwork, climbing foliage on trellises or walls.
Creating a beautiful home garden does take planning, work and effort, but with the right knowledge, plants, flowers, and design ideas, you can make a home garden that is something you can be proud of and spend time out doors enjoying your beautiful creation. For ideas on designing and creating a beautiful home garden, here are 20 amazing home gardens that are out of this world to look at a draw your own garden plans from.
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