casual garden gifts

Inexpensive, but high quality, gifts show you care. Personalized gifts are a great option.

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garden decoration

The most common garden gift is decor, including statues and animal based themes. There is a huge selection.

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Water feature gifts

Fountains, wall fountains or tabletop fountains make great gifts and deocr for yard, garden, patio.

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Unusual Garden Features

In many ways, gardens are very personal creations, each choice and each hour of tending yields specific results. After several seasons, however, the garden you dreamed may have never bloomed or no longer pleases you as you thought it might. At these times it is worthwhile to consider some more unusual, that is to say, more interesting or less common garden features. The most important thing when planning the space of your garden is keeping in mind the visual balance between the various elements.
Stone elements always add excellent contrast to a garden. By using stone to offset your garden you will draw attention to all of the textures in your garden. A coarse sandstone finish will help display glossy green leaves, helping them to look lush and vibrant by drawing attention to the edges of individual leaves. A matte gray stone will help bring out the reds in your roses while a shiny marble will best offset flowing water and large round-ish plantings.
Lights are an ever-increasing popular feature in gardens. Gone are the days when lights in gardens only give alert of intruders. There are many different kinds of lights that can be used to set your garden glowing at night so be sure to choose carefully for your purposes. Too much light will overpower the natural peacefulness of your garden while too little may create long and discomfiting shadows rather than giving your garden gentle illumination.
Placing a waterfall in your garden will change the overall landscape and ultimate impact of your garden. A garden waterfall provides a relaxing accompaniment to other garden sounds as the water falls gently or skips along its path. Large waterfalls will likely offer a feeling of luxurious grandeur that may not be desirable in every garden. Tiny spaces are better suited to the smaller, less sprawling waterfall arrangements. With many options available, think about how much space you are willing to give over to your waterfall.
Remember to be careful to consider texture when selecting your waterfall. There may not be a great deal of statuary and stone in your garden already, but when adding a large attraction like a waterfall, be sure to select a color and kind of stone that looks natural in your area. Different plants are best accentuated in different ways so it is important to select landscape elements with a deliberate eye for contrast and texture.
Another interesting feature that you can use in your garden is a birdbath. A birdbath is a slightly more sedate source of interest in a garden and will not have as much impact on the overall look, but it will provide interesting balance and contrast to the leafy and flowery. There are many types of birdbaths, ranging from small low to the ground constructions to Romanesque columns.
Try moving your birdbath around and look at it from several directions and during several different times of the day. Arrange flowers and other garden elements carefully around your birdbath so as not to distract its charm.
If you have a very limited amount of garden space, but a large patio, deck, or veranda, use planters to arrange greenery in the space you do have. Accent your planters with a trellis or coax a vine along another standing structure to increase the height of your arrangement. By arranging several different planters in a small space it is easy to create the illusion of a much larger garden.
A trellis can also be used effectively to block unsightly constructs in your vicinity. Many climbing vines grow (especially annuals) quickly, without much care to add attractive height, color and texture to your space.
Another way of adding height to your arrangement is by using a wall fountain. Wall fountains provide graceful lines to areas that usually remain unornamented. The advantage of structuring your garden around such inanimate objects is lasting, low maintenance attractiveness.
Think about the shape of each object you are using and how it balances its companions. Two planters of the same height but very different shape should probably not be placed side by side because it creates an awkwardness in the visual flow. Use other pieces of statuary to move the eye along a more graceful line.
Many people have trouble arranging their garden in ways that please them. There are a few key design elements that may help you create a garden that provides lasting visual pleasure and is reasonably easy to maintain.

  1. Use permanent objects to define the boundaries of your garden. Limits help to create relationships between objects and will help you determine what is missing.
  2. Use movable objects to create change and keep yourself from feeling trapped within an inflexible design. (Your garden should make you happy!)
  3. Remember that not every item in your garden can be the center of attention. Although it is often a good idea to work outward from a large central object, symmetry is actually the hardest kind of pattern to do well. Asymmetrical patterns are actually far easier to work with for the average gardener.

Creating a Themed Garden

An important idea in all design work is the idea of unifying space by using elements that manage to tie things together. This can be done in many ways, for instance, lining a path and framing your planters with the cheerful primroses or creating a similar edging with decorative stones or ornamental grasses. The major idea here is that you want your garden to work as a cohesive aesthetic space, that is, as a single visually pleasing work of art. The individual pieces should work in the same ways as the various elements of a painting.
Choosing an actual theme for your garden can help you to narrow down number of choices you’ll have to examine as you plan it. There are many kinds of themes that can be used to help you mentally organize your garden ranging from whimsical to literary depending on what you want out of your garden.
One way of selecting a theme is by starting with any negative conditions that might hinder your garden growth. You’ll be happiest if you create a garden that is ideal for your climate and your needs. If your garden is going to be in a harsh climate with a short growing season, make sure you choose a theme that will make your garden attractive during the cooler seasons as well.
Rock gardens and zen gardens can be created with some fairly hearty shrubs and a few pieces of garden statuary that won’t be damaged by winter weather. As you plan a garden that relies primarily on stone and statuary, remember to pay as much attention to the spaces created around your objects as to the objects themselves. Textured backgrounds, like gravel and sand, become part of this kind of design and must be carefully considered to compliment the other textures and shapes of your design. Textured objects like this wood fountain invoke the presence of nature (and provide contrast and even color) in a garden that seems too plain. The most attractive gardens of this kind create a sparse, clean and incredibly serene landscape. Every element must be placed with conscious regard to every other element.
There are many other kinds of themes that you can work with in your garden. A striking and interesting garden can be created by using just one flower color. These monochromatic gardens are interesting because, as in a Zen garden, similarities draw attention to differences making texture, height and spacing increasingly important. Different textures treat colors in different ways so be sure to choose flowers that bloom in similar hues of your color of choice. If you choose a single-colored theme, add interest by planting a few vegetables in the right hue.
If you are trying to be certain that you will have something usable (perhaps edible) think of the kinds of vegetables that will grow best and be most useful to you and see if you can create a theme around it. The French kitchen garden has been a long time standard in residential gardens and recently “pizza” gardens have found popularity in many areas.
A pizza garden grows as many little elements that any pizza maker could want, from a variety of tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic for sauce, spinach, squash or artichoke toppings to basils and oregano and thyme for seasoning. Many of these are created in circles and designed in angled slices. A pizza garden is an excellent garden to grow and tend to with children and will provide you with an excellent array of fresh herbs.
Other edible themes include growing a collection of flavorful herbs for creating herbal teas. One might try creating a garden with the species and delights mentioned in the texts of a famous author. An herb garden can also be the solution to tight space and poor soil. Many herbs grow excellently in planters like this homey basket like planter or this graceful urn-like planter.
Various plantings are able to attract different creatures. The most common of these themes is the butterfly/bird garden. The cheerful behaviors of butterflies are often a pleasure to watch and it is quite easy to draw the creatures near. They simply love bright flowers and are easily pleased by a few basic modifications to most gardens. Flowers from the warm side of the color spectrum (red, orange, yellow) and vivid pinks and purples will help attract butterflies, especially if placed in a very sunny spot. Take a look at some reference material to find out what kinds of butterflies are natural to your area and what kinds of plants to which they are most attracted. Butterflies also appreciate a bit of water so a bird bath works well. Remember not to use pesticides in a butterfly garden.
Most importantly, your garden theme should please you and reflect a bit of the personality that you bring to your garden. Themes are a great way to experiment with growing and can have interesting results. Not everything comes out as planned so be flexible and be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the area you are gardening.