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How to Use Gardening Design Ideas to Turn Your Garden into a Peaceful Haven?

Written by Maanasi

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

-William Henry Davies

 

The poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies, a Welsh poet, sums the chaotic rush of modern life. With concrete jungles overtaking the green patches in cities and towns, creating your own green haven has become imperative. And, with so many gardening design ideas, it isn’t really difficult to create your own peaceful refuge to hide in, when your life seems to be turning topsy-turvy. For many city dwellers, finding the right balance between these designs ideas can be difficult. So, here are some tips to get you started.

Use Shade-Giving Trees to Your Advantage

Treeless roads have become the norm in today’s world. However, trees can make a huge difference to your garden. When planted strategically, not only will the leaves of a tree function as a noise insulator, the tree also can shade your rooftop to make your home cooler in hot summer months. Trees also reduce the amount of dust from entering your home, as the leaves act as a snare to trap the dust. It can be relaxing on a summer’s day to lounge under the shade of a tree sipping a glass of chilled lemonade and reading your favorite book.

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Aesthetically speaking, trees give homes, dignity. They can soften the architectural lines of a home and the lovely colors of the leaves and fruits can be a great contrast to the color and style of the structure.

 

Usually, gardening design ideas advocate a blend of flowering deciduous trees with evergreens to create the perfect ambience and look that most homeowners aspire for. However, don’t go overboard. Plant a medium-sized shade tree in the middle of the garden and use paving to reach the spot. Place a few deck chairs under the tree and see how your family gets attracted to spot. On the side that you want to block an unwanted view, plant a few evergreens as a screen.

 

Grow a Lush Lawn

A lawn can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of a home. A lush lawn is not just aesthetically-pleasing, it also is functional. You can easily win your battle against poor soil quality and stubborn weeds with a wide range of organic and inorganic chemicals and fertilizers.

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Trim the edges of your lawn with beautiful flowering plants, walkways and shrubs. Make sure you water the lawn regularly and keep the grass mowed. Check with your local nursery about watering and feeding the sod. This will help you get a lush lawn and also offer your kids a safe haven to play.

 

Initially, it can be a little work-intensive growing your lawn. But the effort is worth the end result. So, get the soil in your garden analyzed and if necessary, add the additives to change the makeup of the soil. Be sure the spot you have selected has good drainage, as sod doesn’t thrive in soggy and marshy soil.

 

Add a Riot of Colors with Flowers

Flowers break the monotony of a garden and also attract beautiful singing birds and vibrantly colored butterflies. The singing and chirping of the birds is more beautiful than any music you hear.

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Your garden should have perennials, summer flowering bulbs and annuals. The perennials grow and bloom in different seasons, while the annuals will give your garden the color and ambience from spring right until the first frost in autumn. So, create a plan on paper to design the layout of your flower beds. When you check gardening design ideas, you’ll see most flowerbeds tend to be borders that have a mix of annuals, summer flowering bulbs and perennials. However, it is important to know when each type blooms, so that your garden always has color. You also can opt for foundation planting – close to the house – wherein you flowering shrubs and evergreens. Floribunda roses and forsythia along with chrysanthemums are good choices for foundation planting.

 

Twinkling Water Fountains

Without a water element in your garden, the look and feel that you’re trying to achieve will be incomplete. With a splashing fountain, you will complete the haven you are seeking to build. The sound of running water and the evaporation that occurs will keep your garden and surroundings cool.

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You don’t need to do a lot of work, as there are ready-made fountains available with a small motor and pump. Make the fountain the focal point of your garden. You can place in the middle of the lawn or in a shady corner to where you can relax to the sound of the water and forget the rigors of daily life.

 

There is no dearth of gardening design ideas. The lush green lawn, the colorful flowerbeds, the cobblestone pathway meandering through the garden and the musical sound of the fountain can come together to create the peaceful green refuge you want. Remember, your yard is a huge canvas. Use these ideas and your creativity to paint the canvas and come up with a gardening design that makes you happy.

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What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of...
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. <em>-William Henry Davies</em>   The poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies, a Welsh poet, sums the chaotic rush of modern life. With concrete jungles overtaking the green patches in cities and towns, creating your own green haven has become imperative. And, with so many <strong>gardening design ideas</strong>, it isn’t really difficult to create your own peaceful refuge to hide in, when your life seems to be turning topsy-turvy. For many city dwellers, finding the right balance between these designs ideas can be difficult. So, here are some tips to get you started. <strong>Use Shade-Giving Trees to Your Advantage</strong> Treeless roads have become the norm in today’s world. However, trees can make a huge difference to your garden. When planted strategically, not only will the leaves of a tree function as a noise insulator, the tree also can shade your rooftop to make your home cooler in hot summer months. Trees also reduce the amount of dust from entering your home, as the leaves act as a snare to trap the dust. It can be relaxing on a summer’s day to lounge under the shade of a tree sipping a glass of chilled lemonade and reading your favorite book. Aesthetically speaking, trees give homes, dignity. They can soften the architectural lines of a home and the lovely colors of the leaves and fruits can be a great contrast to the color and style of the structure.   Usually, <strong>gardening design ideas</strong> advocate a blend of flowering deciduous trees with evergreens to create the perfect ambience and look that most homeowners aspire for. However, don’t go overboard. Plant a medium-sized shade tree in the middle of the garden and use paving to reach the spot. Place a few deck chairs under the tree and see how your family gets attracted to spot. On the side that you want to block an unwanted view, plant a few evergreens as a screen.   <strong>Grow a Lush Lawn</strong> A lawn can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of a home. A lush lawn is not just aesthetically-pleasing, it also is functional. You can easily win your battle against poor soil quality and stubborn weeds with a wide range of organic and inorganic chemicals and fertilizers. Trim the edges of your lawn with beautiful flowering plants, walkways and shrubs. Make sure you water the lawn regularly and keep the grass mowed. Check with your local nursery about watering and feeding the sod. This will help you get a lush lawn and also offer your kids a safe haven to play.   Initially, it can be a little work-intensive growing your lawn. But the effort is worth the end result. So, get the soil in your garden analyzed and if necessary, add the additives to change the makeup of the soil. Be sure the spot you have selected has good drainage, as sod doesn’t thrive in soggy and marshy soil.   <strong>Add a Riot of Colors with Flowers</strong> Flowers break the monotony of a garden and also attract beautiful singing birds and vibrantly colored butterflies. The singing and chirping of the birds is more beautiful than any music you hear. Your garden should have perennials, summer flowering bulbs and annuals. The perennials grow and bloom in different seasons, while the annuals will give your garden the color and ambience from spring right until the first frost in autumn. So, create a plan on paper to design the layout of your flower beds. When you check <strong>gardening design ideas</strong>, you’ll see most flowerbeds tend to be borders that have a mix of annuals, summer flowering bulbs and perennials. However, it is important to know when each type blooms, so that your garden always has color. You also can opt for foundation planting – close to the house – wherein you flowering shrubs and evergreens. Floribunda roses and forsythia along with chrysanthemums are good choices for foundation planting.   <strong>Twinkling Water Fountains</strong> Without a water element in your garden, the look and feel that you’re trying to achieve will be incomplete. With a splashing fountain, you will complete the haven you are seeking to build. The sound of running water and the evaporation that occurs will keep your garden and surroundings cool. You don’t need to do a lot of work, as there are ready-made fountains available with a small motor and pump. Make the fountain the focal point of your garden. You can place in the middle of the lawn or in a shady corner to where you can relax to the sound of the water and forget the rigors of daily life.   There is no dearth of <strong>gardening design ideas</strong>. The lush green lawn, the colorful flowerbeds, the cobblestone pathway meandering through the garden and the musical sound of the fountain can come together to create the peaceful green refuge you want. Remember, your yard is a huge canvas. Use these ideas and your creativity to paint the canvas and come up with a gardening design that makes you happy.

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