Do you wonder how to make your garden look better? Following are a few design tips that I have found to be very effective:
Consider the flowering height of plants. Plant taller varieties in the back - shorter in the front.
Plant in groups. Are you planting one of each variety? In a larger garden this can result in a 'crazy quilt' effect. Create greater impact by planting 3, 5 or even 7 of one variety.
Repeat plant material & colour. Repetition creates continuity and ties the garden together.
Consider the shape of plants. The garden sometimes tends to have a consistently horizontal look. Break this up by planting tall spikey varieties to provide vertical presence.
Consider the shape of flowers. Use a variety of floral shapes, that is: spikes, daisies and ball shaped plants.
Use bold colours. Certainly pastels are nice, but don't be afraid of using bold contrasting combinations. Experiment.
Ornamental grasses bring loads of excitement to your garden -- particularly the mid-sized to tall varieties. These grasses add important vertical architecture. They also bring movement, sound and a unique texture. Most ornamental grasses can also be enjoyed in the fall and winter.
Use colourful foliage plants to break-up all that green in the garden. There are lots of great dark-leaved and variegated plants that will add beauty to your garden even when nothing is in bloom.
What makes my garden particularly interesting is the creatures that have come to inhabit it - butterflies, hummingbirds, song birds, frogs and toads, to mention just a few. Select plant material that will attract these beautiful creatures.
Add a water feature to your garden. A pond is lovely, but even a smaller decorative bowl with water will attract attention. Consider a bird bath.
Statuary, prominent rocks, obelisks, etc., can also add interest and beauty to your garden.