Over the last few years I have travelled to see many beautiful gardens. It’s not just the plants that make each one special. Of course, plants are a big reason we like to look at gardens but it’s also how they are featured in the garden. As much as I would love my garden to be one of those Better Homes and Gardens type it is more on the rustic, free-flowing, cram every plant in it kind. Let’s look at how you can make your garden come alive. I used the word vignette to represent a small section of the garden that I enjoyed. A vignette is described as being a collection of items or a quietly touching or appealing scene for visual enjoyment.
I visited this garden in Portland last year. Doesnt this seating area look inviting? What draws the eye is the ladies head on the table. The colour was chosen to match the inviting sofa. I find this a welcoming look. The lushness of the container plantings creates a corner for a private moment for two.
One item used extensively in gardens now is glass. Glass art is everywhere. These blue fiddlesticks look wonderful in a garden. Choose a colour to match your flowers or use in a space that needs a pop of colour.
Arches are a favourite in the garden. This one is made of steel and covered in climbing roses. I wonder if the view to the garden below is what was being framed by this arch. Use arches to welcome people to your garden and to draw their eye to a new area of the garden.
For the easiest vignette to create, use a large container. Above you can see the impact a textured container has. Not all containers need to be planted.
This is last summer in my garden. I wanted to be able to enjoy the fragrance of the roses so we placed the Adirondack chairs here for a place to sit and enjoy.
Not every vignette has to cost a lot. Try planting up a small box like with flowers. I placed water-filled mason jars in this pretty box and added cut flowers. I like to place bouquets around the yard, on benches, tables and near the front door for all to enjoy.
How about finding a table like this? Tables like this are easy to find. You could spray paint the legs and edges a colour to match your flowers nearby. A quick new chair cover completes the look. The use of a fence panel to create privacy without being intrusive is genius.
I am a cat lover so when I saw this statue I couldn’t resist a photo. Clearly this cat is the master of this garden with his head held high watching everything around him.
This vignette had me thinking. Did the globe represent a large egg or the earth ? Grasses spilled out casually while the grasses in the background softened the display. It’s a simple but interesting vignette.
I saw this bird house in a local garden this week. The colour of the bird house matched the fence behind but also tied in with the Clematis along the fence. The dragons on the bird house guard the garden. What interesting details it has! It was surrounded below by more flowers in blue and white tones which made this mostly shade garden pop.
So do you have vignettes in your garden? I bet you do without realizing it. From simple to ornate there is a vignette for everyone.