I’ve been observing my garden a lot lately, as I’m finally taking time to pay attention to my garden a little more this year.
As a landscaper and garden consultant, I spend a lot of time in other people’s gardens and give my leftover time and energy to my own (which is often sadly lacking).
Putting My Garden into Focus
Over the years I’ve planted many a perennial, shrubs, trees, and filled my pots to overflowing with annuals, but not necessarily with much rhyme or reason. Had an empty spot, filled it…found a new and interesting plant, bought it and stuck it where I hoped it would work. But now as I have a good look at my own garden, there is plenty of great plants there but not a lot of focus. It’s my turn to put my garden into focus.
Garden Focal Points
One area of garden design needing improving is adding a focal point or two. What is a focal point, where do I add it, and what should it be? A focal point draws the eye to an area of interest in the garden. It could be an attractive garden accent, such as a fountain, bird bath, a statue or a specimen tree. It also could be a group of plants that draw the eye in their direction or a bright colour, ultimately anything that captures ones attention. Where becomes a practice of trial and error in some cases, although the placement of a focal point should feel like it has always been part of your landscape, it can also be a natural apex or corner in the garden or an existing structure. Take a look at your own garden and decide if your space has points of interest that draw your eye.
By creating a centre of interest or a place for viewing eyes to land, it can bring a garden into focus. Without a focal or focal points, ones view of a garden could be a passing glance. Allowing the eyes to be drawn to a specific point provides interest and a sense of being drawn into the garden. In a formal setting, the focal point becomes easier, as it might be the centre of a balanced and equal garden design. In an informal design, there should be at least one if not more than one area of interest to draw the eye throughout various interesting parts of the garden. An informal garden is the best way into understanding a gardeners’ personality.
Your Garden Style
Take a walk through the nursery, garden centre and greenhouse and determine what focal point would work in your garden. Blue Grass has some unique specimen trees, brightly coloured flowers and garden décor, garden structures, statuary, fountains and so much more. What will work for your garden, totally depends on you and what your garden style is. Maybe it’s as simple as a brightly coloured front door that draws a visitor right up to your front step, maybe it’s one of our unique statues that’s just been waiting to call your garden home.
Drop by, we’ll be happy to help bring your garden into focus!