décor and design is one of the most fun parts of having a garden.
Creating a unique scene that reflects personal influence takes creativity
and patience. A garden should be a space of peace and relaxation, but
a visually cluttered and disorganized garden does not instill peace.
Layout and design should be preplanned. A sketch is a good start. Determine
areas that are shaded. A sun calculator can be used to determine what
areas receive sun and for how long. Use this knowledge to decide which
plants are going to be used and where they should go. Consider a vegetable
and herb garden; most vegetables need six to eight hours of sun a day.
Gardens can have multiple functions. Besides for relaxation and produce,
gardens can provide flowers for gifts and arrangements. Even the most
functional gardens can be beautiful and have tasteful décor.
Just because a garden exists purely for produce does not mean it has
to look like a farm.
Besides layout, garden décor is another way to put a personal
spin on a plot of land. The key to keeping décor uncluttered
is to know when a space is complete. The foliage and vegetation should
always be the focus of an area, with the use of art as accent. It’s
usually best to keep the items within a set theme.
A theme can be applied to the whole garden or to separate areas. If
simplicity is the aim of the space limiting the theme to one general
ideal will give the area a seamless landscape. Throwing out too many
statements visually will cause the garden to get lost in the scene.
Décor can be tricky. No one really wants a yard full of plastic
flamingoes and misshapen gnomes. Be creative when selecting pieces for
the garden, look in the house and check out local farmers markets and
art festivals. Décor items can be wind chimes, mobiles, garden
stakes, statuettes, birdbaths, etc...
Wind chimes should be placed in an area where they can be seen and heard.
Chimes can sometimes be a nuisance to neighbors so try to not hang them
by their windows or entrances. Mobiles look best when hung in an area
exposed to wind which will generate lots of movement.
Garden stakes are an easy addition to any garden; just stick them into
the ground. Some of these stakes are equipped with moving parts that
move or spin whimsically in the wind. Even basic non-moving garden stakes
can add a splash of color or detail to a bed of flowers.
Statuettes can be imitations of animals and people or they can simply
be a work of art. If the statue is an animal or person, place them as
realistically as possible, for example a stone squirrel at the bottom
of a tree. Art should be placed along pathways and at entrances. This
allows visitors to spot and admire them easily.
Quotes and phrases placed in the garden are a great way to guide a visitor
through the experience desired in the garden. One word phrases such
as “Dream” or “Peace” point one’s mind
toward relaxation when in the space. A garden can also point out the
hobbies and interest of the gardener.
Garden décor is fun to purchase, but real reward is enjoying
a piece that represents the garden and speaks to visitors. From whimsical
garden stakes to artistic sculptures every garden can have its own personality!