4 Ways to add Dimension to your Garden… In the process of finalising the look of our gardens, it can be easy to fall into the grips of melancholy when you take a moment to stand back and survey your work, only to realise something is missing. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but even with those meticulously groomed shrubberies, carefully pruned rose beds or clusters of gardenias, the overall look of your garden feels inescapably flat. Not to worry though, as we have here below listed four simple ways to give your garden design a little added dimension.
One of the first and easiest steps to take is to consider where and how to place your plants. Their natural shapes and textures can noticeably enhance the volume of a garden, depending on how they are placed. Differing shades of colour can help create this look too, so think about how to contrast greens and browns to give the impression of depth. The obvious route, meanwhile, might be to strategically place large plants towards the back of the bed, or near the fore. Even if your choices are not particularly distinctive in terms of height, small variations in size can still make a noticeable difference.
Probably the most ambitious suggestion on this list, but by far the most impactful, introducing new architectural creations can bring entirely new dimensions into the design of your garden. What’s more, you can draw inspiration from the gardens of history. While you won’t necessarily achieve a parody of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, an Italian-style pergolas or loggias can serve a multitude of purposes; perhaps as a covering for your patio, or as a frame for climbing plants. If you’re feeling adventurous, maybe even consider building something of a height from which flower baskets might be hung, which leads us nicely into our next suggestion…
Planters and Baskets
When considering adding a new dimension to your garden, its worth thinking not only about the differences in sizes and colours of your plants, but the area in which they are placed. Planters can be both inexpensive and open to creativity, with options limited to the stretch of your imagination. Used packing crates, barrels, even metal buckets/pails; everyday objects filled with flowers or growing herbs can become visually attesting features that add real depth to your garden. The same could be said of baskets, suspended from wooden beams or hanging from the side of a fence.
A Twisting Path
While the creation of this might seem like something of a labour-intensive affair, when completed, a sandstone or granite path winding through your garden achieves a three-dimensional final look that makes you wonder how you could ever have envisaged your garden without it. In addition, this feature can be used to bind the various elements of your overall design together, whether that’s by having it work its way through your flower beds or by acting as the connection between your house and outdoor seating areas.