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.
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.
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 color leaps into your view from the neutral fence. The white flowering Viburnum has wonderful form as well as great blooming ability.
Mass planting a showy plant in one area will also draw the eyes in, much more effective than scattered plantings of many different varieties.
Another trick is to repeat a specimen plant, such as an ornamental grass. In this photo a stunning privacy hedge has been created.
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.
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.
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 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.
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