What’s your gar­den per­son­al­ity?

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

It is true that the plants, flow­ers and ac­ces­sories we choose for our gar­den say a lot about our in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, the well-or­dered Euro­pean gar­dens are for the el­e­gant tra­di­tion­al­ist. Em­brac­ing the whim­si­cal feel­ing of an English coun­try gar­den evokes the care­free and out­go­ing. And the seren­ity of a con­tem­po­rary, Ja­panese-style space is for the Zen-in­spired calm ur­ban­ite. If you can see your per­son­al­ity in­stantly, here from Home De­pot, is the way to cre­ate it:

For those who en­joy for­mal­ity and clas­sic sym­me­try, fo­cus on clean, sim­ple struc­tures, such as a four-square or knot­gar­den de­sign. Cre­ate a cen­tre path laid in stone, gravel or cob­ble­stones with an aged ap­pear­ance, ra­di­at­ing away from your house. Make sep­a­rate gar­den sec­tions by cre­at­ing ad­di­tional off­shoot­ing paths. Out­line the beds with low, solid ev­er­green hedges or clipped top­i­ary. Fill the beds with fra­grant roses, vi­o­lets and laven­der - even herbs such as rose­mary. Where the paths meet, add a statue or wa­ter fea­ture, such as a foun­tain, low pool or pond edged in con­crete or stone.

Cre­ate your own English-coun­try charm by choos­ing plants in a va­ri­ety of up­beat colours, such as fox­gloves, columbines, daisies, lilacs, lilies and pan­sies, and plant­ing them in curved beds. Cre­ate a snack­ing ground for but­ter­flies and birds with clus­ters of corn­flow­ers and sun­flow­ers. Add a white trel­lis of climb­ing ivy, and lush, wis­te­ria or trum­pet-vine­filled lat­tice and make a path with step­ping-stones. You can also cre­ate an English gar­den us­ing strate­gi­cally placed con­tain­ers and planters, ei­ther in bright plas­tics or painted pots that add to the riot of colour.

Con­tem­po­rary gar­dens fo­cus on nat­u­ral and ir­reg­u­lar forms to help achieve peace and har­mony. Fo­cus on min­i­mal and seem­ingly ran­dom rock place­ments, mass plant­ings of easy-care grasses, and mul­ti­ple wa­ter fea­tures. Strate­gi­cally placed Ja­panese black pines or red maples, stone bridges and slab seats are places for quiet con­tem­pla­tion. Achieve this gar­den style in small spa­ces us­ing sim­ple pots and con­tain­ers, or­na­men­tal grasses, a por­ta­ble wa­ter­fall and bam­boo ac­cents. You will be re­warded with a slice of na­ture that brings calm and beauty to your life.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able in­store, or on­line at www.home­de­pot.ca/ gar­den-club.

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