Working Out The Perfect Garden

The prefect garden is more than just a source of fresh vegetables. It can be a work of art. The colors, textures, and fragrances combine to make the garden a living sculpture – one in which you can walk around and be a part of the craftsmanship. There are several ways to work out the perfect garden.

Focal Points


Plan for focal points in your garden. Even if you are only planting vegetables, you can create a visually alluring space by drawing the eye to different areas of the garden. Custom garden planters can add style and beauty to your garden, and make specimen plants stand out as they deserve. Ordering custom planters is well worth the effort, because you can get the size, color, and construction material you want.

Another way to create focal points is by creating planting beds. Walkways of stone, brick, bark, or hardy ground cover create a fairytale environment, drawing the visitor to nether regions and helping them to get lost in their surroundings.


For even more impact, add some lighting to your garden. Spotlights can draw attention to your specimen plants or draw attention to the back part of your garden, drawing the eye to other parts of the garden.

Lighting can also provide atmospheric effects to your garden. Low-wattage lights will create a glow, and you can place them along walkways, under shrubs, or up in trees to improve the effect.

Safety may be a concern with your garden. If you expect to have visitors, or entertain, make sure the deck and walkway are lit. They don’t have to have bright lights. Simple solar lights will cast a glow on steps and railing that will help keep your guests safe.



Fragrances are important in a garden. Your vegetable garden, for instance, can produce the pungent scent of tomato plants on a warm day, and the gentle aroma of sweet peas in bloom. To get the most effect from these subtle nuances, plant them with less aromatic plants such as squash or watermelon.

Flowers themselves have a great effect on the senses. You would think that big, bushy, tropical flowers such as hibiscus would have just as much impact with their aroma. However, they are mostly scentless. To add more intricacy to your hibiscus specimen, plant pinks around the base. The tiny blooms produce a potent aroma that more than make up for the lack of scent from the hibiscus, and the equally tiny leaves and growth pattern serves as a counterpoint to the more expansive growth of the hibiscus.

If you have a place or two where you just don’t know what to plant, add a juniper. The different species available will provide plants for the full range of sunlight and shade, and the distinctive scent helps to anchor that part of the garden.


Color, of course, can play a major role in the beauty of your garden. You may prefer a riot of colors, or a monochrome planting. Whether you go with Monet or Rembrandt, you garden will be a work of art.

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