HOW TO ADD A WOW TO YOUR GARDEN

Maybe the title does not make it quite clear. What I am talking about is a feature in your garden that makes visitors stop and be more than just impressed, but really wowed. Add one of these to your landscape and it will transform your garden from being just pretty to something that people will remember and talk about with their friends. These ideas have been collected by Kathy Woodard and are from The Garden Glove website.

Ok, so you have the plants picked out, the hardscape in place, and even some evening lighting, but you still feel something is missing from your garden. Chances are, it?s a little bit o? character, and a smile! The garden is meant to be a soothing place, but we must never forget, it?s also about affirming life. And what is life without laughter and fun? Learn how to add whimsy to your garden to take away the boring blahs, and to make your garden a place people want to come back to. Keep in mind though, adding whimsy to your garden is like anything else in life? it?s all about balance. While we love a smirking smile on our garden visitors, we try to steer away from things that are over the top cutesy. But honestly, whimsy means different things to different people. It?s your garden! If you want ten pink flamingoes, well then? ahem? go for it!
Here is some inspiration for you to get you started making?your outdoor space a place of whimsy. (No flamingoes on our list, though!)
Our feature photo above, is from ?Interiorholic?. This ?spilled? flower pot is the perfect touch of make believe, with the blue lobelia spilling out the idea of rushing water. Easy instructions on how to make this work in your garden!
From ?Crafts by Amanda?, this watering can that pours out crystals is a really clever take on whimsy? This is simply old chandelier crystals attached with a piece of wire. Longer crystals could also create sounds in the wind, like chimes. Loving? this!
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So I love this idea from ?Jennifer Rizzo?? These are just vintage teacups hung from sisal twine in a tree. What about vintage flatware? I can just hear these clinking in a summer breeze, too!
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From Kathy Hutchison at ?Picasa?, this whimsical lawn shape doesn?t take any more than the desire to make it! Use a sharp garden knife to cut through the sod to make your shape, then peel away the sod on the outside. Keep well watered until roots on the edge of the sculpted sod take good root.
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Image source: Andrew