Monday, 4 July 2011

Adding interest- statues , art and paths in the garden

Adding some other points of interest in the garden, apart from plants, gives your space just that extra bit of visual enjoyment.Not only will this add to your garden in summer, but will make the garden so much more interesting in winter, when everything is stripped back to it's bare bones..

You can create this above- with cat -if you have one as curious and interested in exploring as mine- or without cat -by adding some salvaged statues to a corner of a garden....
Or , you could make a faraway corner just that much more inviting..
by converting a fallen down tree into a bench with some clever cutting, using your (chain) saw .. something I am still planning to do- you can see this bench in this garden here -I thought it such a fun idea ! 
We were staying in a lovely place in Devon, where the design of the garden incorporated three different kind of paths.It is not something you would think of immediately, but it gave the relatively small garden quite a big feel- as the different paths separated the areas in to several garden "rooms".
This is a really good idea to incorporate in your garden design.Here is a view from the top of the first bit of the garden- where the path is crazy paving.

The house was built on a slope, so to make this work, there were different steps going down.The path after the first step was created using a different material : pebbles..visually my favourite- but actually quite awkward to walk on, sadly enough

Then the last area was created using slate off-cuts, interspersed with other stone.

I thought  it an excellent idea to split this sloping small garden up into three separate gardens with three different treatment for the paving and paths.
Maybe something to think about when you are designing or re-doing your garden ?
I will certainly be planning some interesting paths!

 As a last note, may I point ouy to you the charms of the simple nasturtium ?
I grow them every year- the colours are just so wonderful.If you don't have any now, be sure to order some seed packets up this autums to grow them next year !

Happy 4th of July to all my American blogfriends- hope you have a wonderful time!
And wishing all the rest of you a lovely week.

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, such a gorgeous garden and I love all the different little rooms that have been created and the paths leading to them. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow....what beautiful garden rooms! Looks like something right out of the French countryside! Wonderful job on planning them out! :)

xoxo laurie

Mariette said...

Dearest Bea,

Well, you got a 'late' reacting American friend... We did celebrate for three days and blogging was on the back burner!
What a lovely post; as usual. You are full of tips and hints to pass on to others.

Lots of love,


Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

I agree! I love statuary and large pots in a garden. The stone paths are beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Transformations and Treasures!

Spittin-Toad said...

Thanks for the visit threw your garden...I keep thinking should do the same and do a on-line garden tour of mine...but then I should probably weed first. :)