Garden Design for Your Outside Room
Ancient meets modern. That’s the effect you can create by introducing some favourite styles from the past with fresh modern thinking in contemporary garden design. If you are fortunate enough to visit any of the spring and summer flower shows and view the show gardens you’ll often see cutting edge designers taking a leaf out of their predecessors but giving their ideas a classical feel.
For example: using the vertical space in the garden to dramatic effect. This has been used since biblical times from the hanging gardens of Babylon onwards with tiers of planting going ever higher using plants and foliage to ‘dress’ and decorate a structure. More recently, Mediterranean hanging gardens of a more modest size give a timeless beauty to contemporary garden design by dressing walls, balconies and sections of trellis with terracotta pots or galvanised metal containers of different shapes to life the horizontal garden up to the vertical.
The use of water features, mirrors, glass and ceramics together with imaginative planting schemes, sympathetic lighting and the use of music will often add that special piece of originality to contemporary garden design that delivers a fresh reinterpretation of classical themes producing a result that is both pleasing on the eye and satisfying to the soul. Gardens are often referred to as the outside room. It can become your own secluded hiding place with Banana trees, Palms in large Terracotta pots and Aussie Ferns shielding you from the outside world.
If you add some garden ornaments, birdbaths and havens for birds and planting of wild flowers you could make your outside room a true magnet for nature. Just add great company, good food and wine and you can imagine you’re in some exotic location without the hassle of going through passport control.