5 Ideas for you

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Gardenwalkaround -

1. Pro­por­tion and ge­om­e­try give a gar­den def­i­ni­tion, func­tion and ul­ti­mately, beauty. When de­sign­ing yours, cre­ate a ‘floor plan’ and use it to ar­range your ideas.

2. An­gles and curves cre­ate vis­ual in­ter­est. Avoid plac­ing all gar­den beds square with fences. Work in an­gled edges to al­low for lay­ers of plantings.

3. Take into con­sid­er­a­tion the rooms of your home that flow into the gar­den, such as the way your fur­ni­ture faces to­wards the out­doors. De­cide where the fo­cal point will be and place a prom­i­nent fea­ture in po­si­tion, such as a wa­ter foun­tain or or­na­ment.

4. Want to in­stantly cre­ate in­ter­est in your gar­den? It’s easy – take in­spi­ra­tion from cul­tures or looks you are in­spired by then add el­e­ments from those en­vi­ron­ments. Col­lect­ing trea­sures from your trav­els to place in the gar­den will serve as de­light­ful re­minders – for ex­am­ple, add a few Ba­li­nese or­na­ments among trop­i­cal fo­liage – or the past in­dus­tries in your area, like mines, rail­ways or met­al­works. 5. When plant­ing, over­lay your gar­den with fo­liage to soften hard‑edged el­e­ments like pathways and stairs. Plant from the back for­ward, start­ing with the tall an­chor plants. Work your way for­ward and choose ground‑cover­ing plants to fin­ish the bor­ders and edges. Choose fea­ture plants of con­trast­ing colours and tex­tures to add in­ter­est.

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