Common mistakes in garden design. Part 3: accessories, mirrors and planting in rows

Common mistakes in garden design. Part 3: accessories, mirrors and planting in rows

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Today we will talk about choosing figurines for a garden plot, about the correct use of mirrors, we will not bypass the problem of planting plants in rows.

Having examined the typical mistakes in the decor, we will be able to pick up some original ideas for decorating our landscape.

Mistake 1. Excessive obsession with figures and accessories

Garden sculptures are quite popular in continental Europe.

These figures give the garden its own uniqueness, a special aura, make the landscape truly fabulous.

Sometimes it is enough to put one figurine in the center of the site, and it will add completeness to the whole composition..

Figurines made of plastic, concrete, stone should enliven the landscape, complement the lawn, and not dominate over living plants. It must be remembered that the main task of the figures is to focus on themselves, so they will look advantageous, for example, along the path or near the summer cottages.

The next problem is the choice of the material for the sculptures. Landscape designers often recommend natural materials (wood, gypsum, stone), but artificial polystone material, consisting of aluminum hydroxide and acrylic resin, may also be the best option. Polystone is not afraid of a sharp temperature drop, copes with any weather conditions and does not lend itself to deformation.

To decorate a garden, experts advise taking one or two materials as a basis. The site can contain any plot, scenario, where each sculpture will fit logically. For example, statues made of stone and plaster would be appropriate for a romantic garden. Another option for arrangement is the allocation of conditional zones, where each zone has its own scenario. For example, antique statues will look organic with amphoras, and bronze lions in the corners of the plot will approach the magic fountain in the center of the garden.

The figures include not only "characters", but also many different designs: benches, bridges, fences for flower beds, colored pots. For implementation, such original ideas must be combined with character figures.

Mistake 2. Incorrect use of mirror effects

The mirror is used to visually expand the boundaries of the territory or to decorate some architectural forms.

With it, you can emphasize the beauty of garden compositions, for example, a dummy of a reservoir from a mirror with a hedge is able to revive any garden space.

The main task when installing a mirror should be the principle of reflecting the views of nature. For example, small mirror balls will look good on trees, and instead of paths, you can install a path of oval mirrors.

To correctly add a mirror to the decor of your site, you must adhere to the following rules:

  1. Mirrors cannot be placed on the west side of the garden. In the first half of the day, they will reflect the bright sun, which will not affect the plants growing nearby in the best way.
  2. It is not recommended to install mirrors in an open space in order to avoid damage by birds. If the mirror is already installed in an open area, it is advisable to put a figurine of a bird of prey next to it or hang a small stuffed animal nearby.
  3. The required angle must be present. Mirrors are placed on the site at a certain angle to the path, green spaces. A strictly vertical arrangement of the frame will lead to the loss of the desired effect of the continuation of the surrounding nature and garden landscape, and the mirror itself from a distance will seem to be just an ordinary frame.

LED bulbs and glass figures can be a good addition to mirrors. The combined path of pebbles, pieces of mirror and stone chips will allow you to make a "dry stream" in the garden.

The jagged edges of the various mirrors add unpredictable effects that will impress even the most sophisticated professional.

It is worth remembering that a mirror on the site is always a practical solution that allows you to embody the wildest fantasies and turn the garden into a cozy family corner.

Mistake 3. Diversity of plants when planting them side by side

If you plant plants at a great distance from each other, you get the effect of a plantation, but not a design.

Ornamental crops must be planted in clumps, that is, a space limited by paths or lawns.

We can say that curtains are a planting unit in a decor.

Low-growing shrubs should be placed in the front row in case of tiered placement.

Between two rows, to protect against small animals, it is advisable to stretch a metal mesh on wooden stakes, subsequently, as the plants grow, this mesh will become invisible.

It is not necessary to plant shrubs more densely, reducing the distance between them to form fast dense vegetation.

In the process of growth, shrubs will interfere with each other, will create competition, inhibiting the development of each other, which ultimately will lead to a violation of the integrity of the appearance of the hedge. However, this does not apply to ornamental crops, which grow more luxuriantly at high density.

What mistakes have you made in your garden design?

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