Sight

Gardeners' World - - Feelgood Gardens -

Vi­sion is usu­ally the first sense to kick in when you ex­pe­ri­ence a gar­den, be­fore the other senses re­spond. Ide­ally, you should be drawn in to fur­ther ex­plore the space you have en­coun­tered, and the per­spec­tive, views and de­tails should change as you move through it. Think about how cer­tain ar­eas make you feel – or want to feel. Ex­cited? En­er­gised? Calm? All the el­e­ments you choose for your gar­den can cre­ate a strik­ing mood when com­bined. The best gar­dens are ex­tremely fo­cused on sat­is­fy­ing the eyes – I call it good de­sign!

Make it hap­pen

Plant se­lec­tion. There are many fab­u­lous late­sum­mer flow­er­ing peren­ni­als that can in­ject colour and a vi­brancy to your borders. My picks are cro­cos­mias, Ja­panese anemones and he­le­ni­ums.

Edge the lawn. Bring back that crisp bor­der to your lawn. It’s a time of year when the def­i­ni­tion be­tween plant­ing and the lawn can get a lit­tle mud­dled, so edge cleanly us­ing a half moon tool.

Col­lect and sow seed now. Have a good look around and see if there are any peren­nial or hardy an­nual plants you can col­lect seed from.

Cre­ate a fo­cal point. Add a fo­cal point at the end of a path to draw the eye, such as this shed. Even a well-placed large pot (with or with­out plants) guides your eye and can define an area.

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