The right plants and accessories can set the tone for your ideal outdoor atmosphere — a glowing escape or a relaxing retreat. You can step forward on this gardening adventure yourself, or you can hire a landscape architect to help with advice. Either way, designing your garden should be a fun and thrilling experience
Here are a few ideas for a beautiful garden
Pile on Pots
Green up your patio or deck with oversized terracotta or plastic planters overflowing with anything from tomatoes to wildflowers.
Climb a Wall
Liven up a plain patio wall with a sun-seeking climber, like bougainvillea — the twining vertical vines balance the bushiness below. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.
Hang an old canvas or over-the-door shoe organiser on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines.
Fill Up a Window Box
Feel free to pack a container fairly tight with succulents, because the trendy plants don’t grow quickly and crowd out their neighbours the way other varieties do. Succulents can even do well in shallow containers as long as you provide good drainage.
Topiaries are a staple of New England landscaping. They’re especially fitting in this colourful garden belonging to the president of One Kings Lane, as the shrub graces the brand’s logo.
Repurposed Garden Bike
Landscaping doesn’t have to break the bank. Give old items a second life as garden structures or planters like Organised Clutter did with this bicycle in her self-described “junk garden.”
Lavender is practically indestructible, comes in beautiful hues, and is deer-resistant. All you need are a few Lavender seeds.
This farmhouse’s garden is filled with all kinds of wonderful edibles. Check out our list of the best ways to landscape with edibles.
An archway covered in porcelain berry vines separates beds of black-eyed Susan, bee balm, and cat mint from this New York garden estate. The white, ruin-like columns in the distance were salvaged from a local bank.
Frame an Archway
Let climbing roses, well, climb up an archway for a thoroughly romantic garden entrance.