Adding Landscape Accessories

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Planning your landscape can be very rewarding work. When it comes to actually building your landscape the work is worth while with the end result in mind and you will feel extraordinarily proud of what you have produced. You could be transforming your garden completely with water features, a patio, decking or basically anything that you want. However, the thing that really helps to give it that extra special look is by adding some accessories to the landscape.

Adding accessories to any landscape has many benefits that are easy to see. They can help to lighten up areas or to add a little bit of extra charm to open spaces. Without using accessories, the landscape may be missing that vital ingredient to make it look and feel complete. It can really turn an open barren space into somewhere that either you can relax yourself or you can entertain others.

Even some of the best created gardens can frequently be improved upon with the use of landscaping accessories. There are many different accessories to choose from and so you really shouldn't have any difficulty finding something to suit you. You just need to know what is available in order to know what will best fit in with your landscaping needs.

Thinking about your garden as a barren wall in your living room. Before choosing what to hang on your living room wall, you take cues from the style of the room. Think of your garden in that context, from the size of the space available to the arrangement of trees, shrubs and flowers and the architecture of your home. These will be the cues used in choosing and spacing your garden accessories.

Each part of your garden may have a different mood or feeling and can furnish an opportunity to incorporate different types of garden sculpture. Such pieces produce interest year round and serve to animate and differentiate a space; a strongly planned element can even inspire the theme for the plantings.

Gardeners trying to introduce too many pieces into their garden produce too many distractions for the eye to absorb or enjoy. The garden becomes complicated and cluttered. Under the less is more principle, one well-suited piece will develop a presence and a focal point, introducing harmony rather than chaos into the garden. The less is more principle does not mean you are limited to uniform arrangements of statuary in your garden. Multiple pieces and styles can work comfortably together if they are not part of the same grouping.

Lawn ornaments include things such as garden Gnomes and bird baths. They are things that look substantial and add a little extra something to the garden. Statuary is one of the most common and versatile additions. You can purchase lawn ornaments and statues in all different styles and sizes so you should easily find something to suit your gardening needs. Remember to take considerable time deciding what to purchase for your garden. This is because you do not want to bring home something which either does not fit or simply looks out of placement. So, be sure that it will suit the garden and that you measure it beforehand.

Cutting a piece of statuary out of cardboard and placing it in different locations throughout your garden can help you get a feel for where each piece looks its best. It will also give you some time to think about why you want to add that particular ornament to your garden setting. This may be a time consuming practice but well worth the effort.

The most imperative thing to keep in mind when choosing the right piece of statuary is the overall style of your home and garden. Whether you have an urban, contemporary or country garden, the statuary you select should be compatible with the style and feeling of your house and garden. Most likely, you wouldn't place a classical statue in a contemporary-style garden. However, classical statuary makes a wonderful feature for a more traditional home or garden.

Birdbaths are a wonderful way to invite birds into your garden. Whether set into the ground as a small pond or on a pedestal, they can add a touch of old world elegance to a shrubbery or foliage garden that will benefit from the aesthetics of our feathered friends.

It is best to consider the whole theme of the landscape in order to get accessories that add something special to the space. So, if you want to decorate a secluded surface of the garden you could consider using trees, shrubs, a wooden bench or anything else you like that can add peaceful surroundings. If you are developing a water feature on your land, you could add extra items such as stones or slabs and some nice plants and flowers to add some extra color to it.

Just like a picture on your wall, garden statuary looks best with some kind of frame. Some choices are using a background of traditional clipped box, yew or a mixed border of grasses to frame your statuary in the landscape. A stone wall or trellis covered with roses or even a simple wooden fence maybe all you really need.

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Author: Luann Hays
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