Whether you are a gardener or not, you’ve undoubtedly come across a garden so beautiful, it left you in awe. If you are a gardener, it left you wondering what the secret is to creating your own. A well designed garden includes a contrast in color, form and texture, along with year long beauty. These expert tips will help you turn your garden into the next object of desire.
Leaves play an intricate role in the aesthetics of your garden. To some gardeners, they are even more important than blooms, because blooms come and go, but the leaves remain behind. So selecting plants with interesting foliage will help keep your garden beautiful long after the blooms are gone.
Foliage, beautiful in its own right, lends a beautiful contrast of color, texture and form to your garden, and serves as the perfect backdrop for displaying your exquisite taste in colors. Eye catching foliage such as the large, oval leaves of the hosta, when placed singularly, provide the perfect backdrop to smaller, more intricate leaves. Sedums intriguing variations of foliage color, shape and size are a great way to join larger plants in close quarters. Other plants with attractive foliage include lenten roses, with their finger-like leaves and crocosmias, with their bold sword-like foliage.
Contrasting colors (those opposite each other on the color wheel) really makes your garden pop. For an electrifying flower show contrast bright, non traditional variations such as pink with orange, yellow with pink or orange with red. Contrasting warm and cool tones, such as a group of coreopsis planted in front of a hedge of blue delphiniums, also creates a visually striking view. Harmonious colors contrasted with texture and form also creates a beautiful view.
Contrasting textures also adds appeal to your garden. Texture means the shape, size and orientation of the plant’s leaves. To contrast texture, combine plants with big, coarse foliage with those with fine, narrow ones, such as the big, leafy hosta plant with ferns. Contrasting textures helps bring out the intricate details of the foliage.
It helps to contrast plants with different characteristics (fountain-like, flat, mound, round etc.) to prevent them from blending into one big heap of mass. Pointy Irises and ornamental grasses are great for adding contrast to monotonous, mounding plants. Strategically placed tall, thin pots throughout patches demands attention and draws the eyes to an amazing view.
The goal is to have a beautiful garden all year long. To do so, plant your garden in layers of time. This way, one layer arises to replace the previous one throughout the year, so your garden is never without blooms. For example, bulbs such as cyclamen, autumn crocus and sternbergia bloom in the fall; Hardy bark is great for the winter, and Lenten roses begin bloom in late January, so the season never seems to end!