Make Your Ornamental Garden Beds Stand Out

While many people…

enjoy cultivating their own backyard crops,

ornamental gardens are increasing in popularity for homeowners.

Ornamental gardens range in appearance, but most are designed to be aesthetically appealing.

If you are considering planting a decorative garden, or you want to update your present design, there are some steps you can take to make your masterpiece stand out.

What Role Will Your Garden Play?

Aside from being pleasing to the eyes, an ornamental garden can have a multitude of functions.

Determining how you want to use your garden will help you create the most visually interesting space.

Do you need a quiet place to contemplate, or will your garden be bustling with activity?

Are you planning on providing a habitat for outdoor creatures like birds or butterflies?

Once you decide on a purpose, you can plan the scenery accordingly. 

The layout of your garden will depend on which types of plants you want to use.

The nearby landscape and architecture of your home may be factors to consider as well.

If the surrounding area is elegant and conventional, you may want to stick with classic colors and a simple design scheme.

Alternatively, you can create a more intricate layout with contemporary tones that complement a modern landscape. 

Do You Prefer Curves or Lines?

Generally, straight lines are not as interesting to look at as sweeping, flowing curves.

However, the straight edges of a geometrically designed garden can be quite breathtaking.

If you intend to present a more formal garden, this may be the best choice for you.

Keep in mind that orderly, even borders are more difficult to maintain.

Caring for the edges and pruning may be more complicated than you expect.

When you use curves in your garden, you instantly add charm.

It’s natural for people to quickly scan linear images, but arcs and rounded edges tell the brain to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

Winding landscape and twisting, curvaceous plant life is more organic and adds to the natural appeal of your outdoor space.

Essentially, you can create a more complex and interesting garden by adding curves.

In order to add to the visual fascination of your ornamental garden, avoid planting items in pairs.

Placing plants evenly throughout your garden results in a drab image overall.

Sporadic planting is more natural, and it also provides more to look at.

You can force the eyes to look up, down, left and right by placing flowers and plants of all sizes throughout your garden bed. 

How Can You Incorporate Color?

Color plays an important part in decorative gardening.

The key is to use the right colors at the right times.

One of the best ways to ensure you consistently have color in your garden is to concentrate on the foliage of your plants.

Flowers fade and die, but foliage is often eternal.

Always include some plants that have various shades of foliage, including silver, purple, red, yellow and green.

As you plan your color scheme, try to use contrasting shades as often as possible.

It’s a good idea to contrast textures, shapes and sizes as well.

You can do this by bordering vibrant plants with naturally colored rocks or paving stones.

You can also pair reds flowers with blues, and complement yellows with purples.

Place light, airy blossoms next to darker, more mysterious ones. 

To make your garden pop with life and stand out against the images in nature, add flowers, shrubs and grasses like these:

– red hibiscus shrubs
– golden irises
– junipers
– blue shaded fescues
– hostas
– mophead hydrangeas 

Which Items are Necessities?

Every decorative garden needs some basic elements to be complete.

One item found in most garden beds is a shrub or small tree.

Trees and shrubs provide texture and structure to gardens, and you can use them to break up space or define edges.

If you live in an area that experiences the change in seasons, choose an evergreen shrub so you can have color in your garden all year. 

Another must-have for your garden is some type of ornamental grass.

Clump a group of decorative grasses together in order to create a focal point.

Select several varieties, including those with downy blades that will move in the breeze.

To complement the airy grasses, plant some that are thick, sturdy and pointy as well.

Ornamental grasses tend to grow best in sunlight, so avoid placing them in fully shaded areas. 

Final Thoughts…

Whether you are starting from scratch or revamping an old garden bed, you can benefit from following these guidelines.

The most important things to consider when designing your ornamental garden are color, texture and placement of the plants.

If you experiment with these components, you will soon have a personalized, stunning piece of art in your own yard.