Looking for some new garden ideas? These landscaping tips and backyard garden decor ideas will help you turn your yard into an outdoor oasis. There are also tons of ideas for garden art, including garden photography, crafts, and recipes for your fresh produce.
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It’s time to love your garden! Creating your perfect outdoor space is completely possible with well-planned landscaping and garden decor. This page also includes lots of garden ideas for using what you grow in the garden in crafts and other garden art projects. Read on for links to tons of unique garden ideas to create your own beautiful gardens.
Garden landscaping can make a huge difference in how you use your outdoor space. Landscaping includes planning which plants to plant where, but also involves “hardscaping” with structures such as patios and walkways and systems such as drip irrigation and garden lighting.
Garden landscaping encompasses everything from perennial cottage flower gardens to a formal vegetable garden and potager. The landscaping for most gardens often includes several different types of gardens in a given space. Front yard garden landscaping may include a grass lawn, foundation planting, or dedicated raised garden beds. Backyards may include hedges, vegetable plots, lawns, perennial gardens, hugelkultur, or other garden landscaping.
Garden landscaping takes time to plan and install. If you’re considering taking on planning your garden landscape, invest some time in reading detailed garden landscaping books. My favourite garden landscaping books written for homeowners are Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway and Landscaping with Fruit by Lee Reich. These books help you think about the purpose of garden landscaping elements and how they fit into your overall landscape.
Mulch is an important part of garden landscaping. Garden mulches can include everything from organic mulches like compost or wood chips to inorganic mulches such as plastic or fabric sheeting. Many home gardeners prefer the look and benefits of select organic mulches. Check out these 3 organic mulch ideas for a beautiful garden.
Garden edging can be anything from gradual transitions between landscaping elements, to crisp cut garden edges to hardscape edging options. Beautiful gardens that have thoughtful edging can actually be less maintenance in the long run.
Gradual transitions can be the least amount of work up front, but may look a bit wild or messy if the environment allows for weeds to thrive or otherwise doesn’t support the growth of your preferred plants. For a crisp cut edge, Stihl makes a garden edging tool as part of their kombi system. For garden edging hardscaping, plastic, concrete, metal, and wood barrier options are available.
Garden decor includes the plants, furniture, and other items used to create the garden landscape. Great garden decor should support the form and function of the landscaping while also adding to the aesthetics of the garden. Two areas of detailed garden decor include the backyard and patio.
A backyard may include a grass lawn, vegetable garden, flower garden, shade garden, play area, or any other backyard ideas to enhance the landscaping and decor. The backyard can usually be a bit more freeform than the front yard. We even built a dance floor in our backyard for our wedding!
Garden bed ideas can range from bright, sunny flower garden ideas to moody, shade garden ideas. Garden beds can add to the welcoming feeling and overall decor of a backyard by adding natural colour and form. They can also be used to fulfill landscaping functions such as creating outdoor rooms or providing food and shelter to pollinators.
There are tons of great patio ideas to turn your outdoor space into an extension of your home. Whether you do a complete DIY deck or simply jazz up your space with some succulent bowls or a herb garden, effort that you put into your patio is well worth it. Here’s 5 easy crops to grow on a patio or balcony!
Garden art ranges from plant photography to natural crafts to culinary arts. The garden can be enjoyed not only as it grows, but also in harvest season. Here’s some garden ideas to help you create garden art from your harvest.
Garden photography is a wonderful hobby. I’ve loved learning to photograph flowers and gardens. Garden photography encourages you to get outside and really look at the natural world. There is something incredibly calming about being out in the garden at dawn to photograph plants in the morning dew.
Garden pictures are also lovely to keep indoors during the winter to remind us of the growing season. I like to display my favourite garden photos on my kitchen photo string so that I can keep inspired! If you’d like some garden photos for your home, you can download mine here for free.
Garden crafts provide a relaxing way to enjoy the garden harvest. For instance, I love collecting moss from my shade garden to use in centerpieces and hanging kokedama string gardens. Now I can enjoy relaxing garden vibes indoors.
During the growing season, I love using flowers and other bits and pieces from the garden in crafts. Flower crowns are one of my favourites!
Holiday crafts can be a wonderful way to celebrate the garden, especially in seasons where a thriving outdoor garden may not be front of mind in your area. You can use garden bits and pieces in this Thanksgiving centerpiece, these natural Christmas decorations, flower-themed parties, or even for DIY Valentine’s gifts.
The holiday season is a wonderful time for homemade crafts. I love using evergreen foliage from the garden in wreaths, twigs for ornaments, and even acorn caps. These garden treasures work well with other natural materials such as natural wool felt and garden twine.
The garden harvest is a time of celebration! My all-time favourite garden recipe is heirloom tomatoes on toast. It’s simple but incredible! In the fall I also love roasting the seeds from homegrown organic pumpkins. The go very well in cinnamon cranberry granola.
During the off-season while fresh produce is scarce, I love baking with high-quality ingredients from local and specialty producers. These gluten-free chocolate chip honey walnut muffins are splendid with local eggs, and these honey walnut cookies are so much better with real black walnuts from the recent harvest. Even high-quality local flours can make a huge difference. This super-simple traditional shortbread really highlights the difference of using high quality flour in your holiday baking. If baking isn’t your thing, making your own kombucha is a great introduction to how fermentation works (hello sauerkraut!).
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