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4 Steps to the Perfect Garden
Relaxation was clearly what the owner of this garden had in mind. A paved patio for outdoor entertaining, vine-covered fences for privacy, and a lush and natural looking water feature all make the most of this space and come together to create a little oasis.
2. Consider your whole space. Incorporate hardscaping as well as landscaping into your garden. Make room for people as well as plants — otherwise your garden won't be able to be enjoyed properly! This homeowner was careful to plan and separate areas assigned to different functions. Brick walkways outline a garden area around the perimeter, with a spot at the end for an outdoor dining set.
Just because you want to incorporate more hardscape into your garden doesn't mean it has to be the same monotonous piece of concrete. Break up the space by integrating different types of pavement and stone. This combination of pebbles, stepping stones, and pavement adds a good sense of visual interest and helps prevent rainwater runoff.
Don't forget about vertical space! Walls and fencing are just as fair game as the ground. Make use of this space by implementing attractive vines and creepers, hanging lights, sconces, or even picture frames and mirrors.
Think about where you'll put your "hidden area." This could be anything from a secret spot where you can enjoy your wine on summer evenings, to a clever hideaway that prevents trash and compost cans from becoming eyesores. This outdoor space has a smart space to tuck away a barbecue, trash can, or spare bit of patio furniture while not in use.
4. Stick to a consistent, simple style. Make your theme and color scheme simple. Putting too much product in too many styles can quickly become overwhelming. You want your garden to be a soothing place. This space is very minimalistic, and while it has quite a few benches/accessories, they're all in the same neutral tone — creating a smooth and seamless design.
Adding a focal point at the end of your garden will automatically draw the eye in that direction, visually lengthening the space. Interchanging a section of the fence with this stone wall and bright shutters provides a functional focal point. The windows in the wall let light in, making sure that the wall doesn't completely block the view beyond. A fountain, urn, or statuette at the end of a garden would serve a similar use.