Cedar Hedge with Onion Tulips Garden

A “Wow Garden” in part has to do with contrast between plants and trees. If you have mature cedar hedge, it creates a great dark green back drop for bright contrasting garden flowers as can be seen to the photo. Don’t have 5-8 years to wait for cedar trees to grow, then possibly consider a fence.

Cedar Rail Fence

Cedar rails, some call split cedar rails, are taken from cedar trees.

Property lines can be a sensitive issue between neighbors and a permanent fence is a good solution.

The cedar rail fence is popular for larger yards because considerable number of wood rails are needed.

Simple design and installation makes this type of cedar fence low cost for going long distances.

We have many types of cedar tree pictures on our Cedar Trees page

Garden Water Pond

When looking for a water feature, one the first things is to consider scale … it is very easy to just buy one you fancy and then get it home to find it is too tiny for the spot you had in mind. Good part about buying a water feature at your local retailer is that you can easily return it, usually for full refund.

The fun part for me about having a garden water feature is that it attracts birds during the dryer summer times … if water fountain is close to your patio seating area or a window .. it is quite a cool experience to have them be so close … watching visiting birds just going about their business is enjoyable.

A couple safety considerations, is that other insects are interested in your water source, these include wasps and bees and can be annoying and a sting hazard to some .. especially if they frequent your patio area .. and are constantly flying through your seating area. Also to be aware of young children may be temped to touch the water, if in reach, maybe afterwards put their hands in their mouth. Remember that bacteria from summer heat … and birds poop will contaminate your water … good warn to your kids and any visiting children not to touch the water.

The fastest way to get a water pond and/or fountain is to buy a prefabricated one … water features can be found at retailers like Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot … and your local garden center which may have larger water fountains in more elaborate garden styles

Wood Stools

Wood Stools are handy as they can be used for every day use or secondary seating, brought out for added seating.

These wood stools are cut out of solid wood and thus have a solid bottom and are relatively sturdy.

Without backs, the stool makes for a great space saver .. able to be tucked under a table or in a corner when not in use.

Nice part about the above designed wood stools, these are little more up scale design than the basic cut log pieces that one going to find around the outdoor firepit.

Note: These turned stools are not readily found and may require custom order or fabrication.

Wrought Iron Chair Design

Wrought Iron chairs make for a great up scale garden design addition.

Creating a “Vintage Look” is the advantage that wrought iron presents … a heavier historical feel, chairs, tables and benches that one would find in a Victorian garden in the 1800-1900’s.

Antique steel wrought chairs are harder to come by …many rust away when left outdoors in the rain. Wrought iron furniture is heavy and readily resists blowing over in heavy winds, unlike the basic plastic patio chairs.

Good part is that wrought iron chairs are available cast in aluminium, although not as heavy as the old wrought iron furniture, they are stable in the windy locations and do not rust on the legs bottoms which can stain stone and interlocking patios.

Adding, as in the photos above, a small matching table allows you have a sweet little spot for a morning cup of coffee .. or evening drink with a friend.

Landscape Design with Rocks

Designing your Garden with a large rock element is a simple way to create a focal point.

The more knarly the shape, the bigger the holes and using large scale can add a unique natural element to your garden.

Color differences can be attractive and add interest if you can find.

Larger shape and scale are a landscaping factor, as too small rock display will get hidden or over grown by future tree and plant growth.

Rock Landscape Photo is a good example, it is knarly, sizable and has some color contrast … good luck in your rock hunt.

Landscape Design with Metal Bench

Landscaping designs and layouts are dynamic not static.

Over time, the tree behind the metal bench has over taken the area around the seating area. It is easier, cheaper and faster to trim the tree when the bench is bolted down on a pad.

Garden Design Tip: Trees that over hang benches and seating areas can be messy and may result in stains on clothing