Find your space to create with plants as your palette. Creating a beautiful, functional and unique outdoor living space not only looks good but adds value to your home. An artistic opportunity awaits in your own backyard, a chance to explore new plant combinations or lay down a new garden path. Get in touch with your creative side with these tips for making an artistic oasis.
Focal Points, Color and Shape
When creating your landscape design, color, plant spacing, and layout all play precise roles. Contrasting plant shapes can generate visual drama as well as the use of color. Monochromatic or one-color gardens rely almost entirely upon shape to carry the design. Find a focal point, like this weeping Ponytail Palm, to define a bed.
There are many elements that go into designing a garden – color, form, sound, fragrance, even the texture of the plants. Texture in garden design refers to the surface quality of the plant. ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Drought Tolerance’ is a playful nod to classical sculpture, only with a textural twist, as she is wreathed in about 20 types of succulents and air plants. She was created with a chicken wire frame stuffed with potting soil and moss and now overlooks a memorial garden.
Allow Space for Creativity
Find a spot in your yard that you can use as your canvas where nature meets design. Play with color and light. Discover a new variety of plant. Designing a garden space of your own can be a most rewarding and joyful endeavor.
Focal Point: Our Lady of Perpetual Drought Tolerance
-Tillandsia setacea Southern Needleleaf bromeliad
-Graptopetalum paraguavense Mother of Pearl
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Not Your Typical Landscape
Jon George is the owner of Cottage Gardens, Inc., a Gainesville-based landscape design and installation firm. Jon has been gardening in North Central Florida for more than 30 years. You may contact his staff at www.TheCottageGardener.com or at [email protected]