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Accessorising Your Garden

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 14 Dec 2010 | comments*Discuss
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There's more to a garden than trees, shrubs and flowers, no matter how beautiful they are. Interesting features are what make your garden unique, and they also add a touch of intimacy by drawing you in to a focal point. Here are some ideas on how to accessorise your garden to give that unique, whimsical style that you can make you own.

Colour Combinations

Herbaceous plants and perennials are garden ornaments in themselves and in the right colour combination can be a star attraction in your garden. Purples, blues, and greens as well as pale pinks and pale yellows are known as cool colours. Cool-coloured flowers seem to meld with their background. Visually, they soothe the eye.

In contrast, the hot colours, such as bright yellows, oranges, reds, and deep magenta are visually very exciting: They seem to leap at you from the garden. Hot-colour gardens are like a sultry breeze on a summer afternoon. They are riveting and sensual. Foliage colour, whether green, red, yellow, or silver will also play a major role in creating your garden's ambience and will keep you coming outdoors long after the flowers are gone.

Water Features

Water adds a unique dimension to the garden. It reflects the warmth of the sun and the world around it, and brings the colour of the sky and the patterns of clouds to earth. It also adds an audible dimension as it trickles, spouts, or cascades from a fountain or other water feature.

Water features can be placed as focal points in beds and borders, on a terrace or deck, or wherever else you need to make a major statement. Iron kettles, urns, and glazed pots all make great containers for small water gardens.

Basins, pools, and ponds create opportunities for gardening with aquatics on a larger scale. And don't forget that your local wildlife will also benefit from your water feature and will find your garden a welcome spot to visit.

Add an Arbour

An arbour can be used for many purposes. By adding trellis screens all around and training climbing plants you can create a garden room or garden seat that is surrounded by beautiful scents and colour. You can also add a gate or set of gates to the arbour and create a grand entry feature.

Use Planters

The use of planters can be very liberating because they are versatile and, of course, they can be moved around your garden to suit your change of mood. They are also great if you have a very small space to work with. Containers come in a variety of style and materials from wood to terracotta. Mix and match them to create a contrast in your garden. Make a dazzling display with colourful flowers and contrasting foliage. Use plants of varying heights to create an eye-catching feature.

Stone Features

Stone features area a great way to accessorise your garden. They can be as simple as an evocative arrangement of river stones or as dramatic as a life size statue. Here are some other great stone features:
  • Stone figures such as angels, animals and children
  • Garden gnomes are a timeless favourite and come in a wide range of styles, many of them humorous.
  • Fountains make excellent water features and can range from a simple wall inlay to a dramatic free standing stone centre piece.
  • Lay out a patio using coloured stone.
  • A path or walkway is another way to use stone to create a feature that can link to other intimate spots in your garden.
  • Planting a rock garden is another extremely attractive way to use stone.

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