Wood Bird House

Wood birdhouse colorfully painted adds a spark of interest in one’s garden design.

This unique bird house is little creative and visually interesting with the use of bright colors and little design funk.

Birdhouse is mounted about 10 feet (3 meters) off the ground on a cedar pole with it’s bark still intact. Behind is pine board and batten building siding with well an established vine climbing the wall.

Wood Bird Houses – follow to see some unique inspiring creative bird house pictures

Trimmed Cedars

A Cedar tree’s growth generally retains the latest shape created … but a new trimming can bring back the design shape you like.

Cedar trees can be formed into many shapes.  This is an easy DIY project!

When one is pruning cedars,  some prefer to cut the bottom wider than the top to allow sunlight to the lower branches … more of a Christmas tree or cone shape. Cedars are flexible and as shown in the picture above as cedars are trimmed in more of a column shape.

Trimming cedar trees or hedge can be done most any time of the year. The best time is after spring’s 6-8 week cedar leaf growth period.

Cedar Pruning Caution: Start out slowly and trim a little at a time until your shape starts to develop.  Cutting to deeply into the cedar you will run into the interior branches that have little or no foliage … then you end with a hole in you shape .. not so good!

Tools need are a sharp pair of hand shears for smaller trees … some smaller cedar hedges can be done with shears but with larger cedar hedges one needs an electric or gas shears.

If you have large and tall cedar hedges consider using an arborist as there is some danger and/or skill involved.

Advantages to regular annual pruning is that it keeps the cedar’s shape you want. Regular trimming maintains your cedar’s size and the garden area they take up.

Eastern Arborvitae ‘Sherwood Moss’

Having trouble identifying a particular tree you would like to incorporate in your landscape design?

Why not pay a visit to your local arboretum. They do a fantastic job of labeling their trees and plants.

As indicated on the  sign, the scientific name for the Eastern Arborvitae, Sherwood Moss is Thuja occidentalis.

 

Landscape Design Chairs

Resin Adirondack Style Chairs

Adding these low maintenance chairs into your landscape design adds a focal point in the garden   ..  with a resting spot to enjoy a tea or cold drink.

Selecting a striking color adds contrast and draws the eye to your seating arrangement ..  you can then build out the garden area with your favorite trees or flowers.

Resin Plastic chairs vary in price and quality. One area to inspect is the size of the 4 vertical legs. If legs are too small, the chairs may wobble side to side over time … a firm based area of patio style stones will prevent the legs with sinking into the ground.

Suggest you buy at least two chairs  .. so someone can join you!

Landscape Design Water Lilies

A great garden design should have a water feature with the sound of bubbling of running water.

If you have a small garden you may have to limit the size of a water pond  … hopefully you will still able to add some water lilies  … white flowers are most common … the violet or purple flower very pretty as in the picture.

Water pond materials, liners and supplies can be purchased at building stores  such as Lowes, Home Depot ..

Water lilies for sale can be found at most medium to up scale garden centres

Landscaping Ideas Driftwood

Landscaping Idea: Old driftwood can be used as a unique garden accent  … especially interesting if is a unique shape  … and more so if found for free

Nice part about using old driftwood is that the  piece(s) are usually light weight and can be worked in and move around the garden    … this allow you to test and find the best creative spot in your garden!

Landscaping Ideas with Antiques




Landscaping Ideas using found or bought Antique objects – this is an example of using an old crop seeder  … antiques look great as a garden accent especially if left to rust ..

Work in your landscape design a few special trees and you will have a unique and creative garden!

Landscaping Design:  Finding a old crop seeder or unique type of antique it is best to get away from the city  … find an old farm country auction, multi-vendor antique flee market or small town antique store    … may take a bit of looking ..