Small Garden Design Ideas – Introduction

One of the challenges of small garden design is of course space Unlike large gardens, you must be much more disciplined in your approach. While experimentation is easier in the smaller garden, you will want to spend some time planning. You will need to be satisfied with fewer types of plants. Instead of buying a new plant spur of the moment, you will want to spend a little more time thinking about the potential new plant’s fit in terms of spread, height, color and texture.

With the smaller garden, it is not as easy to do things like hidden turns and garden rooms. But this does not mean you need to throw away the elements of contemporary garden design. You have opportunities to do similar things on a smaller scale. Imagine you have a small garden space towards the back of your yard. It is on your right as you walk towards it. You can start with a low boxwood-type hedge, or in my case a rock about 12″ high with a sharpish edge on the top. My rock is about 3 feet long. I laid the rock perpendicular to and touching my garage wall, forming a border shaped like a mountain range. As you walk further back, the area at first obscured by the rock reveals itself. I tried to make this more dramatic by using multicolored peonies planted very tightly against the side of the rock near the garage wall. This way, you see a small explosion of color that remains hidden until you have come completely to the level of the rock. This is my version of the hidden turn.

While large hardscapes such as boulders and walls may be out of the question, you can still create the illusion of separation by using hedges, rocks as in my example, gravel rivers as in Japanese gardening, etc. For myself, instead of trying to create rooms or separation within a single garden area, I have several small garden areas which are for the most part separated by lawn. In some cases I try to treat each of these tiny areas as separate gardens or rooms.

This gives me the ability to try new things fairly quickly in a small garden area. If it doesn’t work, or if I want to try something new, I may buy some additional plants, or I might move plants from one of the other little gardens. I can add my “mini hardscapes” like rock, and move plants around in a matter of minutes. I think experimentation is one of my favorite things about this type of gardening. While on the one hand, you need to plan for the appropriate plants, on the other hand you can swap different plants in and out of a particular spot to see which works best, or just to try out a new idea.

As always, you will need to take note of your growing zone, especially the hours of sun vs. shade in the area you are planting. We do site analysis in the first place to know which plants will thrive in our garden. I read once that a poorly chosen plant becomes an annual, so don’t let that happen to you! Make sure to select your plant for the appropriate size, texture, color, and durability for your planting area. Some of my areas get sun for 6 hours, some are always in shade.

Unlike a larger garden, you will be able to see your entire garden as one entity. Even though you can have some separation into tiny rooms if you want, remember to look at each small garden as a complete composition. The way the plants work together to form the whole can be much more important in the small garden.

Everything I have read indicates that you should be somewhat monochromatic with your small garden. Use different variations and subtleties of the dominant color. Show differences with height, texture, etc. On the other hand, I have always been a little bit of a contrarian, so you can always try explosions of different colors, especially if you have an object to anchor the explosion, like a rock, small bird bath, sundial, bench, etc. For myself, I will never tire of red and green against a whitish rock.

And again, here is the versatility of the small garden. You can still have some of the traditional elements of the larger garden, like a separated sitting area or playing area. But here are some options. First, instead of one garden area with a play area, have 2 different garden areas separated by the playing area. If you want a bench, or sitting area, try the same – 2 separate gardens divided by the sitting area.

If you decide to try some of these small garden design ideas, I’d love to know how it worked out for you!

The Most Killer Landscape Gardening Ideas

Landscape gardening is the art of transforming a property or a place into a paradise. It helps an individual in creating his own oasis and comfort zone. There are certain principles which need to be followed while designing your landscape:

• Balance: The area has to be designed in a balanced way according to the needs of the customers. Balancing the area with correct number of trees or with appropriate furniture will avoid wastage of space and ensure effective use of the space available.
• Proportion: The design should look proportionate to make the area look larger than expected. Like for example, if you have a narrow property, color or texture can be used to visually broaden the size.
• Focal point: Focal point indicates the main focus of the landscape which draws most attention. It can be man made like a tower, sundial or a fountain. The focus points make the eye travel the whole garden that keeps the space interesting and produces a sense of calmness.
• Simplicity: Keeping it simple by not conflicting too many colors, textures and masses will bring out the design in a clear way.
• Protection: The landscaped garden should give protection and privacy from the outside world, if the customer wants. Some requirements might be regarding shade from the sun or special railings required to protect your children or pets.

Nowadays there are various landscape gardening ideas in the market. Various tools like color, texture or forms are used to get the desired look. If you want the outdoors to be a part of indoors then you can add a grill, patio furniture and deck to give an extended look of your living room in the outdoors. If your looking for ways to beautify your property then a landscaping pond or designing the landscape around your swimming pool may be perfect. A garden waterfall can make an interesting addition to the garden, no matter how large or small. To add a personal touch to your exterior, a patio swing can also be installed. Preparation is needed for making your garden. Factors like color scheme required, garden budget and maintenance requirements have to be determined.

Landscape gardening can be done in small and a big budget way. By landscape gardening your driveway, the appearance of the front lawn can be changed and made look very attractive. This can be done by adding a fence or having some grasses or even with the help of some flowers, since the front yard gives the first impression of your house. This way you can have an appealing front lawn by adding color, depth and character.

Plant selection plays a major role in designing your garden. Plants and colors bring life to your landscape in a real way. Plant selection depends upon factors like when would they reach maturity, sunlight requirements, insect and disease resistance and soil preference. The selection can be done in a very cost effective way to have your dream come into a reality.

Small Garden Ideas

Do you intend converting your small garden in such a manner that it looks more aesthetic and grand? If so, here are some tips. Plan well before you start beautifying. Have a clear idea about the purpose of your garden. Do you want it be one that adds beauty to your house or for outdoor entertainment? It could also serve the purpose of relaxing or exercising.

Privacy is important.
Fence your garden with the right materials to suit your needs. Select the right fence design so that your privacy is protected. If you have a common fence, do not bother. Peg some garden trellis to the common fence and plant some climbers to creep. The creepers will climb on the fence and cover the open areas.

Add garden furniture to the garden
A variety of garden furniture is available in the market. Furniture made out of cast iron and wicker is popular. Cast iron furniture is cheap, looks sleek and cute, has open frames and is easily movable. A set of 2 to 4 chairs with a table will be very useful. If space is available, allot a corner for fireplace.

Add beauty to the garden
Many garden ornaments are available for beautification. But do not crowd your garden with numerous ornaments as it will dwarf your garden size. You may also place a couple of large piece items instead of many small ornamental pieces. In asymmetrical gardens, it is good idea to have a small bridge with stone pebbles underneath. It is nice to have a fountain or a small pool.

You may carpet the garden with grass. A theme garden is an excellent idea with full of flowering plants with a single color of flowers or type of flowers. You may make your garden look big with a mirror or outdoor lighting.

Container Gardening Ideas For Pots And Planting Herbs

For container gardening ideas, scan the internet, the library or a bookstore. The challenge is to come up with a lovely container garden plan. There are a widespread collection of containers available for your container garden. These range in size from small-scale house-plant pots to sizeable boxes and planters. Equally varied are the materials from which they are made. These include wood, glass, clay, aluminum, bamboo, straw, plastic, fiberglass, terra cotta, tin, cast iron, zinc, copper, and brass, each with select advantages and disadvantages. What you chooe4 will depend on availability, price, background, and attraction not to mention the characteristics of the gardening pots.

Here are some container gardening ideas. In addition to run-of-the-mill circular pots and tubs, there are modern and ultra-modern forms–square, rectangular, triangular, hexagonal, and octagonal. Also eligible are old iron kitchen pots, kettles, pails, jugs, casks, vases, crocks, jam tubs, barrels and nail kegs, Japanese fish tubs, aged sinks, bathtubs, bamboo soy tubs. There are novelty containers such as driftwood, wheelbarrows, donkey carts, spinning wheels and boxes attached to roadside mail container. There are also bird cages, decorative well heads, animal figures, and Strawberry jars. Woven baskets may be used to conceal unattractive containers. Even tar paper pots, handled by garden centers and florists, are worthy if painted or veiled to upgrade their exterior. Any of these can be used in your container gardening ideas.

Where to find your container supplies? Begin with what you possess. If you explore cellars or basements, attics, garages, and sheds, you will doubtless encounter objects of interest. Old-fashioned pots and kettles, usually sold in antique shops at rural auctions or observed at old New England inns, have much attraction.

Different container garden ideas to ponder are old cookie and bean jars, pickle and other types of crocks, wash tubs, coal pails, jardinières, and ceramic bowls. For drainage, scatter a thick layer of substantial pebbles or shattered pieces of pots or bricks at the bottom and then moisten plants with care. In substantial containers, drainage material should be many inches thick. Where rainfall is hefty, be certain to keep garden containers without drainage outlets on porches, below awnings or the under sizable eaves of houses. With pails and old galvanized wash tubs, holes can be easily punctured at the bottom.

Plants in containers without drainage openings stay wet longer. Some of these–crocks, jardinières and cookie jars–are massive enough to be secure against the elements in exterior container gardening.

What constitutes the perfect container for your container garden ideas? A container needs to be attractive, even if it is not an object of art. It should be sturdy and lasting and able to resist all kinds of weather. This is especially true of the substantial sizes which ofttimes continue outdoors all year around. In the North, alternate icy and thawing is a predicament in winter (and could generate cracking); in blazing climates, intensive heat, humidity, and moisture are to be considered (and could cause fading). And in semiarid areas, there is the impact of searing sun to keep in attention, another source of fading. All these things need be kept in mind when coming up with your container gardening design.

The perfect container must be vast enough to hold a sizeable quantity of soil. It should have super drainage facilities through holes or various openings at the bottom or sides. It must not rust, at least in a single season, and it should have a wide enough base to perch firmly wherever placed. Further, it needs to be heavy enough to withstand average winds. In severe storms, like hurricanes and tornadoes, movable containers can be shifted to interim safety. All of these things should be factored in when you are coming up with your container gardening ideas.

Resistance to rot is another requisite. Wooden containers–except those made of rot-resistant redwood, Western cedar, and Southern red cypress–will require to be treated with a wood preservative. Except for lifelong containers, the capability to move your container garden is another quality, and sometimes a safety precaution, of portable container gardening. Sizable boxes and planters can be equipped with wheels, and garden centers have redwood tubs that perch on platforms with wheels. An opening in the platform corresponds to the hole in the tub. Sizeable containers without wheels can be pushed on iron or wooden rollers by two or more people; however, if you live in an area inclined to severe storms it is best to keep your containers small-scaled.

Smaller containers are ideal for cultivation herb container gardens. If you plan to plant an herb container garden be imaginative. Here are some container garden ideas for herbs that go great together.

* For an Italian selection try Sweet basil, Italian parsley, Oregano, Marjoram and Thyme.

* For a pleasing scented container use Lavender, Rose scented geranium, Lemon balm, Lemon thyme, and Pineapple sage.

* For utterly extravagant salads try Garlic chives, Rocket, Salad burnet, Parsley, Celery.

* And to say “We love French Cooking!” use Tarragon, Chervil, Parsley, Chives and Sage.

Any of these will liven up your meal and please your family.

So these are just a few container gardening ideas. Get out a pad of paper and make up a container garden plot that will add to the view and conceivably even the palate.

Happy Container Gardening!

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