Ever fancied a steel sculpture? Pyramid water feature? Or outdoor lighting that doesn’t resemble off-putting fairy lights? Despite what you may think, it is possible to create an innovative, outdoor space that shows off your personality even when your square footage is, in fact, quite limited. Everyone mentions gadget filled bachelor pads and gas guzzling supercars but often guy’s gardens can be completely ignored.
Don’t be afraid to use color in the garden even though you may think it’ll end up in a multicolored mess as if you stick to a color scheme that won’t happen. One of the most popular looks is green, white and then, if you’d like, add in a third bolder color like purple, or even red to give it that extra ‘in your face’ element while helping to break up paler shades. Replace terracotta slabs with crisp, clean limestone paving that not only looks great but is easy to clean or white zen garden esque gravel paths to add in texture. Paint any exposed brickwork white, or for an out of the box feature wall erect an aluminum fence then add in glass panels to create a cool, unusual design.
Give Plants Structure
Green ferns, palms and leafy grasses will liven up any bare space so plant them where you think the eye naturally wanders to on the walls. Use repeat patterns when planting, not only will it give bushes, shrubs and plants a uniform feel but it’s a timeless method that’s been used for hundreds of years to great effect. For inspiration visit a nearby historic house and note how shrubs have been planted together, yet evenly spaced and in neat, elegant rows. Add in contrast, otherwise your garden may end up looking quite militant by popping some trailing wildflower type plants such as mauve begonias, petunias or even poppies in the flower beds where the color will pop nicely against all the green. Gardens are seasonal so you want to think about what it’ll look like in winter as well as in the height of summer.
Light It Up
We’re not saying you should attach floodlights to the walls so that the lawn’s lit up like a football pitch. Choose areas, such as certain plants, water features or even the path itself, that you’d like to light up as the glow will completely change the aesthetic of the garden when it’s dark. Attach spotlights to the walls, above stone statues and even in flowerbeds for emphasis. Remember, lighting will create shadow, texture and patterns but use it wisely or your garden could end up looking like a giant piece of floodlit modern art.
Think Rustic Not Rough
Avoid faddy furniture that may cheapen your design and go for wooden benches, stone ornaments and long, trough style, tables. If you’ve the space why not create a small heated summerhouse with wicker chairs and tables at the end of the garden? The idea is that you keep the look natural so try to use as little steel or plastic as you can, instead incorporate plenty of wood, stone and even grass elements into the finished garden.
** THIS ARTICLE WAS UPDATED ON 12-29-2017