The perfect garden with a wrought iron table
Home Style: Three things every garden needs
from MARY CAROL GARRITY
On a beautiful June afternoon, there’s no place I’d rather be than my garden. If you want to create an outdoor space that revives and inspires you, here are three tips for turning your garden into an oasis. — I’m no gardener, so two very dear friends of mine took pity on me several years ago and turned the patch of weeds that surrounded my home into Eden. Through the years, Gloria and Lynda, who are master gardeners, have taught me a lot about creating lovely and livable outdoor spaces. Thanks to their guidance, I’ve learned what every garden needs.
The key to success is to know your space and know yourself, then create a garden that suits both. For my garden, that meant giving up on fussy, finicky plants that need a lot of care and opting for shade lovers that have an irrepressible desire to live, despite all odds. Lynda and Gloria rimmed my beds with shrubs that give me four-season color, then under-planted them with hearty perennials like hostas.
Adding a sprinkler system ensured that my plants would be watered on a regular basis — something I could never remember to do on my own.
The only annuals you’ll find in my garden are in a few intriguing pots and urns. I used to plant an array of flower-filled pots and put them all over my porch. Unfortunately, I felt like a slave to those things, and by July, they looked awful. Zero in on just a few annuals, and your garden will be beautiful and carefree.
What good is a garden if you can’t go out there and enjoy it? After a long day at work, I can’t wait to flop into a comfy chair in my garden, put my feet up and let myself unwind. If that’s your style, too, then add a few seating areas to your yard.
And, for a little drama, add some height. Try stacking a wrought-iron side table on top of a wrought-iron coffee table to create a two-tiered structure. The top level is a perfect spot to put an iron urn filled with a gorgeous hydrangea.
A small table and chairs on the front porch make a perfect place to drink your morning coffee, or enjoy a glass of wine after work. For entertaining, take the party out back, where a large, round concrete table can be the center of a courtyard, deck or patio.
Outdoor rooms must have a few arresting focal points. These well-chosen treasures will give your garden beds character and provide a place for your eye to rest as you drink in the whole scene. In my garden, I’ve used different types of artwork. One of my favorites is concrete statuary. I nestled a petite seat right into one bed, providing a hideaway under the green canopy. Other focal points could include iron urns, birdbaths, trellises and fountains.
The old adage “less is more” is definitely true when it comes to decorating with outdoor art. It’s essential to keep the number of pieces you feature in your garden to a bare minimum. Otherwise, your garden runs the risk of looking like a graveyard or an amusement park. Pick just a few pieces that capture your heart, then subtly weave them into your landscape.