If you want to make your neighbors jealous of your garden, the following tips may be of benefit to you.
- Make sure you plan things properly. Look up images of gardens designed by landscape architects for instance. Your garden is like a canvas or work of art. It needs to have certain stand out points and features that draw the eye to them.
- Balance is more important than symmetry. You don’t have to have straight rows of plants everywhere. Instead, have bunches of certain colors, in uneven numbers, in certain parts of your garden.
- Sit down, close your eyes, and think about your garden. What is the first thing you see in your mind’s eye? That is going to be your most important focus in your garden, the part that you want to stand out. Do not simply copy what someone else is doing (certainly not your neighbor), because it won’t work. This is about your space, and what works for you.
- Consider adding water somewhere. Do make sure, however, that you choose an energy efficient model, and preferably one the recycles water. This also avoids algae and standing water. Add some rocks and plants to give it a unique look.
- Do not make your garden’s focal point the exact center of your garden. Rather, people should be encouraged to explore. Even if you have a small garden, the eye can explore. The eye will almost automatically travel to the center, and if the focal point is right there, they will look at nothing else.
- Make sure you pick trees and plants that actually do well in your particular climate. It is all very well wanting to create a tropical oasis with palm trees, but if you live somewhere with harsh winters, you will have to move the palm trees inside for quite a few months each year.
- Use vines, real or artificial, to highlight certain parts of your garden, creating a point of interest. Vines are also perfect to hide imperfections, or to frame certain things like mirrors or shutters. They often create a type of illusion of secrecy and mystery.
- Always have a flag somewhere in your garden. You can be patriotic and have a flag of your country, or you can have something mystical and whimsical such as a Tibetan prayer flag. Either way, there should be some fabric somewhere up high in your garden, moving in the wind.
If you incorporate these tips into your own garden design, you are sure to create a space that will be the envy of the street. If you were to also hire a landscape gardening company to do it for you, people will really be jealous! However, remember that the goal here is to create a space that you can be comfortable in and proud of. What others think about it is actually of secondary importance. Of course, knowing that others would like to achieve the same is a bit of a badge of honor.