Elements of a Garden Fit for a Magazine

A GardenAny property with a huge backyard would be wasted without planters and blooms adorning the space. Whether you're the one with the green thumb or you're just a person appreciative of good landscaping, you'd want that space put to good use. It doesn't take an expert to get started. All you have to do is choose the right elements that work for your garden. 

The Theme 

Rustic is what works best for a garden that makes full use of the space around it. From climbing plants to garden antique planters, to wrought-iron gates and the variety of plants, you'll have to decide on how they should be arranged to conform to the theme you want. You may need to pick several varieties of the same plant, to add dimension to the garden. 

The Focal Point

This could be a tree, a bench, or a favorite plant. It could be any number of things in the garden–a swing or a natural pool perhaps, for the more romantic? A water fountain could also add a dramatic effect to the garden, or the lush, green grass could be where you want to draw attention. Whichever you choose, make sure it is prominent and that all other design elements point toward it being the most important. It does not necessarily have to be the most expensive, but you could spend a bit more in customizing it. 

The Trimmings 

Now that you're done with the big items, it's time to decide on the small accessories that make the garden unique. A painted walkway, for one, adds a contrast to the unpainted garden gates. Give them a weather-worn look to match the antique setting, if you must. A DIY bird feeder could also work wonders as a design element that does not require much effort but could add life to the garden. 

You don't need to know what exactly you want in your garden before you start. It's a work in progress. You can add to it over time, but what matters is that you start now.