Getting Started with Garden and Patio Design


Article by: Brian Dalton

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Designing a patio , Fertilizing Your Water Lilies... - or a garden, , Decorate Your Outdoor Spaces on a Budget! is much like designing a living room , The Magic of Annual Vines or a park. It's all about space, and how you use it. To start with, you have empty space with nothing in it. Then you add plants, , Do It Yourself Landscaping: 6 Things You Must Know Before You Start statues and other decorative items to fill that space and make it feel like a homey, comfortable space.. but wait! You don't want to actually fill it with stuff. Then it would look cluttered, which is not what you want. What you want is a balance between empty space and decorative items. The real issue, then, is how do you achieve that balance?

Use Clustering to make the most of your outdoor , Gardening Supplies space
The first mistake most people make when decorating , Decorate Your Outdoor Spaces on a Budget! a patio, , My Spring Bulbs Won't Bloom - Why? backyard , Organic Gardening or garden , Compost Tumblers - ers Love Them is to take their planters, fountains, statues, etc. and spread them out evenly to try to cover as much space as possible. This is especially tempting for those on a tight budget, since they may not be able to afford as many accessories , Don't Roll that Lawn and accents as they would like. Spreading things out evenly, though, creates a boring space which doesn't give the eye anything in particular to focus on. It is much more pleasing to group your plants , Fertilizing Your Lawn for a Beautiful Landscape and decor , Wicker Patio Furniture is Gorgeous with Colorful Patio Furniture Cushions items into clusters, so that several items can be seen at once, in a friendly grouping, with empty space between providing variety. This way, your visitors' eyes can move easily and comfortably from one cluster to another - each cluster is distinct in character and the empty space between emphasizes their unique natures. , Give a Bird a Home; Leave a Legacy

Try to think of each plant, , The Rich History of Wild Roses statue, plaque or other accent as having its own personality, and place , Decorative Concrete - The Beginnings them together in groups that allow them to relate to each other in pleasing and complementary ways; place , Decorative Concrete - The Beginnings two low flowering plants , Flowers and Butterflies, the Perfect Combination! on either side of a larger fern, or place , Want A View? Start Growing Orchids On Trees a small statue between a palm , Don't Roll that Lawn and a vine - the possibilities are endless and are only limited by your creativity and imagination!

Take your visitors on a journey
Think about what a visitor will see as they enter and move through your patio, , Compost Tumblers - Gardeners Love Them garden , Wooden Benches or backyard. , The Magic of Annual Vines What will catch their eye first? Once they've enjoyed looking at that, what will they look at next? Where will their attention be drawn, and where will that carry their feet? Professional designers , Planning Tips for Compact Courtyard Gardens set up their spaces much like a story; the intent is to guide their visitors' attentions - and their bodies - through the space so that everything is seen and everything is enjoyed in an interesting and pleasing order.

Try to create special accent zones to show off your most treasured items by placing them right in the visitor's path, , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? or by placing them at eye level, or by surrounding them with unique accessories , Gardening Supplies that set the entire cluster apart from the others. If you take a little time to consider what people will see and where they will go as they make their way through your garden , Fertilizing Your Water Lilies... space, you'll find that creating a relaxing and pleasant garden , Landscape Fabric - Is Landscape Fabric Even Necessary In Landscaping? or backyard , Landscape Fabric - Is Landscape Fabric Even Necessary In Landscaping? is just a matter of common sense!

Don't neglect the vertical space
It's easy to think about your outdoor , Organic Gardening areas in terms of their ground or floor , Easy Care Of Phalaenopsis space - the area where you can place , Fertilizing Your Lawn for a Beautiful Landscape a plant , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? stand, set a statue or fountain, or leave a path , Hammock Stands - How to Hang a Hammock if There Are No Trees Around for friends to walk - but you must also remember the space above the ground! In some ways, vertical space is even more important than ground space!

Walls or fences can be beautified with the simple addition of a garden , Organic ing plaque, a wall , Give a Bird a Home; Leave a Legacy fountain or a planter on a shelf. If you want a more functional wall , Designing an Edible Garden item, try a garden , Designing an Edible thermometer. Training a vine or some ivy up a trellis is a great way to use some vertical space and create a sense of intimacy and privacy as well.

Then, of course, there are the hanging items.. hanging plants , Hammock Stands - How to Hang a Hammock if There Are No Trees Around are a great way of lifting the eye up to a new vantage point and adding a vertical element to your green , Flowers and Butterflies, the Perfect Combination! space. Windchimes are a special prize, because they are not only a delight to the eye, but a treasure for the ears as well. Suncatchers also add a unique beauty with their ability to catch the sunlight and turn it into yet another decorative accent. When placing hanging decor, , How to Plant Shrubs think 'outside of the box'... hanging items can be part of the clusters you create with your plants , Buy Flowers Online and statuary or they can hang by themselves, defining turning points along the garden , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004 path or providing embellishment to the open space between clusters.

There are so many ways to use vertical decor , Organic Gardening I can only mention a few of them here: Hang them from eaves and overhangs to adorn borders, suspend them from awnings and overhead beams for a more enclosed and intimate effect, and if you have a tree , Spring Flowers or two in your garden , Designing an Edible how about hanging a plant , Do It Yourself Landscaping: 6 Things You Must Know Before You Start from a branch or placing a planter in the crook of a bough? Now you're using clustering and vertical space at the same time by using a plant , How to Shrubs to hold a plant! , Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Bloom: Even 'Brownthumbers' Can Do It

Winged visitors - your mobile decorations!
Birds are beautiful , Suet Facts and Tips to look at and lovely to listen to, but most important to your garden , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb or patio , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs design, they move around on their own! Attract birds , Peonies 'Krinkled White' and 'Vivid Rose' to your outdoor , Want A View? Start Growing Orchids On Trees space and you'll have a constant variety of design , Easy Care Of Phalaenopsis as they flit from branch to branch or light , The Magic of Annual Vines and preen on a fountain or statue. Birds , Wooden Garden Benches are nature's own decor , Fertilizing Your Lawn for a Beautiful Landscape and attracting them to your garden , Suet Facts and Tips or backyard , Planning Tips for Compact Courtyard Gardens is easy.. just give them something to eat, a place , Fence Companies to bathe and somewhere to build a nest! Birdbaths and bird , Want A View? Start Growing Orchids On Trees feeders are excellent as statue items and ensure a steady supply of feathered friends as well. Bird , Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won't Find At Your Local Greenhouse houses are especially nice because they can be used for vertical space decoration as well as providing a comfortable place , Fence Companies for sparrows and starlings to nest or just to hang out for awhile! What's a garden , Safety On Lawn Tractors or patio , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw without the beauty and song of birds?

Dare to dream
These three tips , Garden Design: Plant a Woodland Gardens with Minimal Effort and Expense are just the beginning of the process. They're intended to get you started thinking like a professional designer , Organic Gardening and considering the unlimited possibilities that your unused outdoor , Do It Yourself Landscaping: 6 Things You Must Know Before You Start spaces present. Don't let your space lie dormant.. bring it to life with your own creativity, your own flair and with affordable garden , Peonies 'Krinkled White' and 'Vivid Rose' decor and accessories , Easy Care Of Phalaenopsis from Springtime Gardens! , The Gazebo !
Brian Dalton owns and maintains the Springtime Gardens , Growing Nostalgic "Old Roses" In Your website, and spends countless happy hours decorating , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs and maintaining his own patios , Wooden Garden Benches and container gardens. , Choosing A Landscape Contractor

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