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Creating An Original Garden

by Josh Doylex on December 4, 2015

3574411866_717f8d2b91_bYour garden is a special project, where you express your love of growing things, creating an outdoor retreat or fantasy land. Maybe you just like to grow the same roses your mother loved, or you prefer home-grown tomatoes to the flavorless store bought kind. You may simply like the expanse of lawn with even, deep green, or fascinating hedges neatly trimmed, forming a mini-maze in your garden. Whether you prefer planting beds, big planters, or a mixture of several different displays, these ideas for your garden will make it look original and fresh.

 

Big Planters

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One of the quickest and easiest ways to add a unique touch to your garden is with big planters. You can find them made out of many different materials, any of which may suit your decorating style or your individual taste. For example, for an earthy, natural look, you may want concrete planters. These will retain the roots of invasive species like bamboo so that you can plant that wind break or sound buffer you have always wanted around your garden.
Metal planters are available in all different kinds of planters, from zinc to stainless steel or wrought iron. Metal usually ages nicely, developing a lovely patina through the months and years. This can add a touch of history to your garden, looking like the piece has been made to place in your garden.

Specimen Plants

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We all have special plants or planting beds in our gardens. At my house, it is the bed of hostas under the live oak tree in the back corner. This area which never gets much sun, due to the shade from the oak, was once a dull, lifeless area. While hostas don’t have very impressive blooms, they do come in a wide variety of foliage styles. You can find them in chartreuse, dark green, almost white, and every shade in between. The leaves may be smooth or corrugated, solid colored or variegated. The wide variety of hostas available make this one of the prettiest planting areas in the garden, now.

You can also draw attention to certain areas of your garden with a single plant. A heritage oak tree, for example, is worthy of its own special spotlights to highlight the texture of the trunk at night, or to shine up through the leaves. One of my favorites is black mimosa tree. This striking specimen looks particularly wonderful in a big concrete planter in a section of my garden where the soil is not so healthy. Everything else dies when planted in that spot, but my potted mimosa tree thrives. Since nothing else will grow there, I have mulched the entire area and added seating under the spreading, fragrant branches of the tree. As a bonus, since the mimosa is sort of a “trash tree,” the location keeps the seeds from sprouting, and the big planter keeps the roots retained so that they don’t spread.
Other ways to make your garden original and unique are with water features and seating.

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