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Are you tired of having a boring garden that your guests don’t want to look twice at? Perhaps you’ve felt like your garden is lacklustre for a while and you want to do something about it, but you don’t know what. Having a beautiful, functional garden that matches your needs is one of the great joys of owning your own home. You can spend time gardening to relax, sit back and enjoy nice weather with a cool drink, read a book, or play with your kids/pets. The garden has many great uses, and ultimately, it can seriously add to the look and value of your home if it is done correctly.
So, with this in mind, how can you make your garden stand out? Read on for some advice!
1. Paint Your Planters
Start by looking at your planters. Sick of boring terracotta, green or brown? They can look nice in the right setting, but if you want your garden to stand out then consider painting them in bright hues.
Having planters in neutral colours is great for people who just want them to blend in, but for them to stand out you need to go all out with colour! Buy some acrylic paints and get creative. You could do them in block colours, or you could paint all kinds of images and patterns on them. Outline with a pencil first so that you know what you want to do and then just have fun. It doesn’t need to be perfect!
2. Decorate Your Garden Like You Would A Room In Your Home
Don’t be afraid to decorate your garden like you would a room in your home. Ok, so maybe you won’t put a TV outside, but you should consider decorations and even a focal piece. This will make your garden look pretty and expertly decorated, as well as an extension of your home that is simply outdoors. Again, you can get really creative when you do this. Just remember that anything you have outside should be weather resistant or have some kind of protection.
3. Add A Water Feature
Water features are one of the most beautiful additions to any garden. They add tranquillity, and sometimes just sitting there and listening to the water run is all you need to do to chill out and feel calmer.
Your water feature doesn’t need to be super expensive. It could be a bird bath, or you could spend a little more money and install a pond. Of course, these things do need a certain level of maintenance, so consider your budget. You should also consider any pets or children, as it isn’t always safe to leave them around open bodies of water – even if the water is shallow.
4. Carefully Consider Garden Seating
Garden seating helps to make your garden more sociable and usable. By selecting cosy furniture and then placing it in a way that enables you to face your guests as you sit will create a more sociable feel. You don’t need to opt for a this arrangement, of course, but if you like having people over then this may be the best way to catch up.
5. Assess How Much You Want Wildlife To Feel At Home
Wildlife in the garden isn’t for everyone, but for many, it can be a beautiful addition. Imagine having lady bugs, butterflies, and other wonderful creatures visit your garden regularly!
You don’t need to do anything magical for this to happen, you simply need to accept that your garden will never be one of those perfectly preened places. Keeping grass longer and allowing debris to sit a little will invite wildlife in. This can be a great thing to do if you have kids, as they can learn a lot by simply watching wildlife.
6. Repurpose Items In The Garden
Find items that you can repurpose and put in the garden to add more interest and personality. For example, you could make a bird bath out of painted and stacked plant pots, or use a wooden palette to create a miniature herb garden.
You could make wind chimes out of flower pots, or a corner sofa out of wooden pallets and simply throw some pillows on top. You could have plastic bottles with plants growing out of them rather than recycling them, or even have an old, beautifully decorated bathtub full of plants. It all depends on what you no longer use. You can find a great use for pretty much anything these days – check Pinterest!
7. Have A Feature Wall Or Fence
A feature wall or fence can make a huge difference to the look of your garden. If you have a wall with nothing really going on, paint it a bright colour and add a weatherproof clock or mirror. You could even paint your own mural if you’re feeling artsy! A beautiful fence from a place like A P Fencing could have a big impact on your garden, too. All of these little things eventually add up and make a big difference.
8. Make It Stand Out For The Right Reasons
Making your garden stand out doesn’t mean that everybody who passes by your house should be able to peer in and see what you’re doing. Make sure you find ways to keep your privacy intact. The right kind of fencing can do this, but you won’t always want tall, blocky fencing surrounding your garden. Instead, try to use shrubs and trees to your advantage.
9. Play With Colour And Texture
Colour and texture are a must in any home if you want it to look interesting, and it’s super important in the garden. Mix up different coloured flowers and have fun with various combinations. Make sure you consider different textures of plants and flowers too!
10. See If There’s A Way You Can Add Layers for Dimension
Adding layers to your garden will bring dimension to the overall look. This isn’t always something you can do alone, so you may want to consider hiring a professional landscaper to do it for you. Getting it right is so important, as sloppy dimensions will simply not have a big impact and could devalue your home.
11. Incorporate Some Fun
Why not have a little fun with your garden and incorporate something like a garden swing or hammock? We all dreamed of having something like this in the garden when we were younger, and now we are adults, we have no excuse! The great thing about incorporating a hammock is that you don’t even need a tree to hang it from as you can purchase sturdy hammock stands. This could be the perfect place for you to lay back and enjoy great weather, or read a good book.
12. Focus On Smell, Too
You want your garden to look amazing, but don’t forget about the way it smells! Lavender is a beautiful scent and could make the perfect addition to your garden. Not only does it promote relaxation, it could be a great way to add colour and texture, and even allow you to make your own essential oils!
Lavender isn’t the only thing you can incorporate, so consider what your favourite smells are and what you feel will be most beneficial for you to include.
13. Get In Touch With Your Inner Child
Now could be the perfect time to get in touch with your inner child. How about incorporating a fairy garden? There are some seriously cute tiny doors you can add to tree stumps, amongst other things. This is also perfect if you have children and want them to see the garden as a magical, enchanting place.
14. Use Lighting Intelligently
Don’t forget about lighting. Every garden needs some, but consider how you will use lighting to make your garden stand out. Will you use fairy lights to add another element of magic to your garden come night time? Having different light sources might be a good idea. For example, motion sensor lights may be a nice addition if you want to keep your garden as safe as possible and deter intruders.
15. Add Some Interesting Paths
Finally, consider adding things like winding gravel paths and paths made from other interesting materials. This is not that hard to do and can make your garden look miles more whimsical than it did before. You don’t need to have something winding, so check out the hundreds of styles available out there and see what you can create.
Your garden is one area of your home where you can get super creative. You can have so much fun putting together a beautiful garden, and then you will have just as much fun when you spend time in it.
Don’t be afraid to incorporate all of the colours and textures that you don’t see in other gardens – this is what will truly make yours stand out from the crowd. Ultimately, make sure it speaks to your own personal tastes and that it makes you happy! Thanks for reading and come back soon.