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Focal Points in Your Garden

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Often the only difference between a nice garden and a great garden is the simple use and addition of garden focal points. Something that draws our eyes in, grabs our attention or perhaps even surprises us.

Garden focal points can be developed in several different ways. You can use plant material, natural pieces from nature, man made garden art objects and garden structures. All are very effective and can be adapted to reflect your garden style and even your own personality.

How to Create Garden Focal Points

Plant Material

You can create that wow factor by either positioning a well selected specimen shrub or tree. Choose your specimens for great architectural form, flower power or leaf color. In the photos below a Japanese Maple of gorgeous colour leaps into your view from the neutral fence. The white flowering Viburnum has wonderful form as well as great blooming ability.

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Mass planting a showy plant in one area will also draw the eyes in, much more effective than scattered plantings of many different varieties.

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Another trick is to repeat a specimen plant, such as an ornamental grass. In this photo a stunning privacy hedge has been created.

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Art from Nature

Borrowing from your natural surroundings is always a good idea. Proper placement of a few large boulders is very attractive. Large pieces of driftwood placed in amongst a planting works well also.

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Man Made Garden Decor

Loads of options in this department. This is also an area where the gardener’s personality can really shine through. A word of caution however, less is often more and keep it simple.

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

A few well placed pieces are much more effective than many different pieces here, there and everywhere. It is also wise to pick a theme and stick with it.

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Garden Structures

Garden structures can be very large as in a gazebo, shed, patio or fence line but can also be smaller pieces such as an artful gate, pergola or trellis. Allow your budget to dictate your options then get creative.

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

Garden focal points with Sensible Gardening

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About Lynne Cherot

It's been a life time of gardening and many years of working in the nursery trade, but now I enjoy exploring and creating in my own gardens and farm fields . I'm passionate about gardening and work alongside my husband who takes care of our apiary. Bees & flowers make a great team! Hopefully by sharing my garden knowledge, your gardening will be easier and more enjoyable.
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2 thoughts on “Focal Points in Your Garden

  1. Oh boy….I must hang my head. I have committed so many of the above mentioned sins: too much unrelated garden art, too many different varies of small plants (same color–does that help?), Theme? My theme is to keep those suckers ALIVE! Squirrels and insects are constantly playing havoc with my little flowers. Thanks for all this great advice. You teach me a lot.

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