For many, the garden is a place of relaxation or for kicking a football around with their kids in summer time. For others, much like us, a garden is a palace. A garden is a place in which we can truly let our creative energy flow. A garden is a place for us to really let loose and show the world what we can make with our bare hands; well, our green hands by the time we’ve finished.
Perhaps you’ve already worked quite extensively on your own garden. Perhaps you’ve planted flower beds, grown fruits or even paved your own patio and a picturesque path of paving stones which lead from the back door out to the eating or relaxing area. Perhaps you’ve done none of these things. Whatever the case, your work is never done in the garden, and, if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’re delighted to hear that.
Maybe your imagination has run dry. That’s not a cause for worry, however. Like any artist, we all run into our own form of “writer’s block” now and again. When that happens, you have to do the equivalent of reading more books, watching more films, going to an art gallery, or listening to more music: you have to look at what others have done. I’ll try to make things a little easier for you and give you some tips as to how you might improve your garden in ways you either hadn’t yet considered or ways you didn’t think were within your capabilities.
Make necessities look pretty.
One thing you may not have considered when designing your garden is that the practical aspects of your outdoor living space, such as that horrendously-coloured bin which sticks out like a sore thumb amongst your area of beauty, doesn’t have to look quite so horrendous or ruin the overall aesthetic of your outdoor area at all. There are ways to make even the worst “practical” items in your outdoor area look a thousand times better.
With your bin, I’d suggest hiding that away. Unless you want to paint it a different colour, or coat it in flowery petals, the best solution is to find a small area, perhaps beside the footpath, for necessities such as bins and recycling boxes, which is a little out of the way. In terms of that old, wooden fence you hate so much, however, “hiding it away” isn’t really a possibility. Replacing it might be a thought, though. You could consider an aluminum fence instead, as a modern solution can often appear to be more of an aesthetic choice than a practicality; of course, in this case, it would be both.
My suggestion is, whether you have a lot of money or a little money, be frugal with your garden. Do a little DIY, get stuck in and start planting things yourself. Buy the kit you need to build the garden you’ve always pictured, and save money wherever you can, whilst not compromising on quality. However, because of this, I think it’s fair to allow yourself at least one luxury, which means you’ll be spending the money you would have otherwise wasted on all that garden work on one thing which adds a little bit of a manmade wow factor to a natural environment. Personally, I think a pool is the best option. It’s something fun for you and the kids to enjoy during summer, whilst admiring your beautiful garden work.
Tidy up around the edges.
Fine detail is easy to miss when you’re spending so many time planting, growing and fixing up the overall image of your garden. Still, taking a little bit of extra time out of your life to do some weeding and turn over the soil could do your garden wonders.