There is no need to be constrained by traditional ideas of what a garden should look like. Get creative and use your imagination to design a garden that you will love spending time in. Whether you want a simple, minimalist space or something more ornate and lavish. Enjoy the process of creating a work of art that is both productive and enjoyable. Creating a diverse garden filled with vegetables and flowering plants makes a welcoming spot for both pollinators and people.
A garden can be a wonderful place to relax, and it can also add beauty to your home. If you’re thinking of creating a garden, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, choose a design that appeals to you. There are many different styles of gardens, so take some time to browse through pictures and find one that speaks to you. Once you have a general idea of the kind of garden you’d like, it’s time to start planning. Think about what kinds of plants you’d like to grow, and consider adding a few personal touches, like a chair or statue. With a little bit of effort, you can create a garden that you love.
Here are some decorating garden ideas that will help you create a garden that you love.
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Choose a Design that Appeals to You
When you search gardening layouts or plans, you’ll see numerous styles and layouts. Each one will appeal to a different person. You do not have to plant a garden that grows in neat and orderly rows if you prefer the look of a wild, rambling garden. You don’t have to plant beds with a hodgepodge of plants if you prefer the look of neat, tidy rows.
People are different, and the garden should reflect the gardener (YOU!!). People are different, and the garden should reflect the gardener. Really consider what you enjoy when you look at garden plans either online or in person. No matter what you read or what other people say, just plant a garden that inspires you!!
You should love your space, because you are the one who has to work in it!!
Make it Your Favorite Place
I highly suggest you decorate your garden! Paint a sign to hang at the gate. Buy the garden gnome wearing pajamas. Hang the wind chimes, all 10 of them. (I may or may not do this in my garden, lol.) This is not silly advice. This is not arbitrary. Take ownership of your space. It matters.
There are going to be gardening years that are more productive than others. Pests change year to year. The weather is unpredictable. You will have things pop up in your life that may hinder your ability to garden to the extent you might like. Life happens, and sometimes the productivity of your garden may falter.
You have to want it anyway. If your only goal in the garden is to get food, you will quit when productivity is low. If you invest a little bit of your heart, though, you’ll go back even when you get offtrack.
Enjoying the act of gardening might not be enough to stick with it. It might not be enough to plant the next wave in summer or to start seeds for fall. You can love gardening and grow a garden once a year in spring. But if you love the garden itself, you won’t ever be able to quit for long.
Need some inspiration? Here are some of my favorite garden decor pieces.
Grow Something Lovely
If you start to compare the amount of time you spend in the garden and how much certain crops cost in the grocery store, especially during season you will likely go crazy and quit gardening!! That is why I encourage you to grow something lovely.
Grow the varieties that you can’t find in the grocery store. Do your research and grow the heirloom varieties that are harder to find and taste better. By doing this you are growing things that will taste better and can’t compare to anything you might find in the grocery store.
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Include a Chair in Your Garden
Every garden needs a chair or a sitting stump or some space to rest. Be intentional about observing your garden. Have your morning coffee or your evening herbal tea there.
During the day and especially during the morning hours I have my list of things that need to be done. Watering, weeding, pruning, etc. But the evenings are different. The “golden hour” (evenings) are for resting and observing.
When we created this garden we didn’t realize how much time we would spend in the garden just relaxing and chatting so we didn’t include many seats into our plan, therefore we pull up a chair wherever we see fit. In our next garden we plan on being more intentional about making seating areas and placing stumps that swerve as a place to rest and observe.
Those moments of rest and observation in the garden are when nature comes alive!! We watch the hummingbirds zip through the garden chasing each other. The butterflies flutter from flower to flower sipping the sweet nectar. The garden comes alive with life and color!
Passion about the garden, a drive to grow food, interest in what is growing, and an overall sense of desire to be in the garden you create will overcome any struggles or discouragement you may face. If it doesn’t become something you enjoy, hot summer days, persistent pests, and dread of the physical demand will steal your harvest.
Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned green thumb, these tips will help you make your garden into a place that is both productive and beautiful. Have fun with it and experiment! Be sure to share pictures of your finished product on our social media pages.
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