My first garden was a small patch of dirt under my forsythia bush. It has since tripled in size and I have added a few more gardens around our home. It wasn’t easy. I tried to do my gardens the way I decorate the house, by moving things around until I like what I see. This method did not translate well with plants. By not giving them enough time to grow and reach their full potential, it left my garden stunted. I had to become more patient. A hard concept for someone who is “impulsively creative” (shameless plug). Along with giving the garden time to mature, I also purchased some gardening books. They helped with my garden design and plant choices. I will never be a master gardener, but I am definitely getting better by sticking with tried and true plants and bushes… and giving them time to flourish.
One thing I have taken from decorating my home to my garden is adding architectural detail. As you can see in my garden pictures, I added a weathered chair and a statue of a little girl. Items like these give the garden depth and interest making them more visually pleasing.