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Create a Unique and Interesting Garden

Updated on June 11, 2014

Use of Statues and Ornaments

How to Create an Interesting Garden

There are ways of making a garden a little more interesting than just planting a group of different plants and hoping for a good final effect.

I have been inspired to write this hub because my new garden is taking on a series of themed rooms with no walls . I am not sure if it is my over active imagination or just chance that this garden is evolving in this way but when friends come to visit they find it most interesting and so maybe this is a fun way of gardening.

Each of my gardens has certainly taken on a bit of a theme with out me even trying so I have decided to share some ideas and look at interesting and colourful gardens to help get the imagination going while you plant your new garden.



Use of Colour

Planting for colour effect in tows with the Tulip Themed garden
Planting for colour effect in tows with the Tulip Themed garden | Source
Flower group plants.
Flower group plants. | Source
Mixed planting  for effect.
Mixed planting for effect. | Source

Planting for Colour

Above you can see how you can group plant flowers to create many garden effects in colour.

You can choose a small group of colours and plant accordingly.

You can plant in rows or on mass for a great colour effect.

Or you can go for the slightly more disorganised method of cottage style garden to ad a abstract canvas of colour.

What A Garden Should Have.

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When Its Not Just a Garden

You garden may evolve slowly as you add or move plants around, build fences and create areas in the garden to meet with your needs.

What are some ways to add interest and theme to a garden.

  • Planting a themed garden with a group of plants from the same family . succulents , roses, conifers, ferns etc.
  • Planting with colour effect.eg in groups and lines, Planting using a set group of colours using flowers and leaves for effect.
  • Using garden ornaments for a final touch, for colour and or theme.
  • Planting a garden especially for attracting the local wildlife with natives and edible berries etc.
  • Create and interaction garden so you can enjoy a favourite area in your garden by using frame work and garden seating.
  • The vegetable garden used often as a separate area just for growing vegetables.
  • The edible garden. An area where to plant to help with the budget and enjoy fruit , berries etc.Including the herb garden.
  • Container garden.
  • Kids garden. With a fun area for the kids to play.
  • A Water garden with fish, fountains water lilies and more.
  • A secret garden every one wants one of these a place for privacy and reflection.

Your themed garden could be left up to your imagination really. You can turn your garden in to your living canvas.

Interesting Garden Shape and Use Of Props and Containers

There are different ways you can add themes to the garden.

One way to enjoy a themed garden is to dig the garden to a shape or use pots and props to create the look that you are after.

I have seen many interesting containers for planting from small boats to bathtubs. Actually if it holds dirt you can plant in it. Again it is up to the imagination.

Digging Garden to Shape and Using Interesting Planters and Containers.

You can Instantly get a theme just by digging garden to shape
You can Instantly get a theme just by digging garden to shape | Source
Using Interesting Containers
Using Interesting Containers | Source
Containers had interest to a garden. This Container also uses good use blue colour theme.
Containers had interest to a garden. This Container also uses good use blue colour theme. | Source

Attracting Wild Life

If you are like me you may love to have visitors to the garden and want to attract birds, bees and butterflies this can be as simple as planting the types for flowers, shrubs and trees that will produce food that they like. It is also a nice idea to have a bird bath or pond that will create a good water source especially during the hot dry months.

Attracting Birds - Many of the native plants that you find in your area will also attract the local birds. The local garden centre is the best place to start as they will know what fruits and berries the local birds love. You can also put out a treat to encourage the birds . Bird feeders and houses can look good in the garden.


Bees- With lots of good pollenating flowers if there are bees in the neighbourhood they will find you. Or if you have a big section and you are keen you could try you hand at running a bee hives.

Butterflies- You can attract butterflies with flowers and plants. Swan plants and butterfly trees are good or if you do have lots of butterflies in the area try a little cut orange in a dish this may attract them.

A Garden to Bring Wildlife

Butterfly Trees, flowers and certain plants like swan plants will attract Butterflies to the garden.
Butterfly Trees, flowers and certain plants like swan plants will attract Butterflies to the garden. | Source
Bumble bees and bees will find their way to your care if you have lots of good pollinating flowers
Bumble bees and bees will find their way to your care if you have lots of good pollinating flowers | Source

My New Garden as it Takes on Small Themed Areas

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The Herb Garden. I have set aside on my sunny deck and area for herbs. This includes trellis and planter and separate containers.This area came about as a privacy screen how ever with the planter here you can have an interesting garden. Planted out With lavender and ponytail palm.The bark garden created for a tidy and low maintenance area.I have an area in the early stages and I call it my edible wall . I am training a Granny Smith, and passion fruit,cranberry, feijoa , and other berries  with herbs growing on and around the wallMy citrus garden has mandarin and lemons.In my secret garden I have a hedge growing in planters along with palms and ferns. in pots
The Herb Garden. I have set aside on my sunny deck and area for herbs. This includes trellis and planter and separate containers.
The Herb Garden. I have set aside on my sunny deck and area for herbs. This includes trellis and planter and separate containers.
This area came about as a privacy screen how ever with the planter here you can have an interesting garden. Planted out With lavender and ponytail palm.
This area came about as a privacy screen how ever with the planter here you can have an interesting garden. Planted out With lavender and ponytail palm.
The bark garden created for a tidy and low maintenance area.
The bark garden created for a tidy and low maintenance area.
I have an area in the early stages and I call it my edible wall . I am training a Granny Smith, and passion fruit,cranberry, feijoa , and other berries  with herbs growing on and around the wall
I have an area in the early stages and I call it my edible wall . I am training a Granny Smith, and passion fruit,cranberry, feijoa , and other berries with herbs growing on and around the wall
My citrus garden has mandarin and lemons.
My citrus garden has mandarin and lemons.
In my secret garden I have a hedge growing in planters along with palms and ferns. in pots
In my secret garden I have a hedge growing in planters along with palms and ferns. in pots

My Garden

As you can see from the above photo my garden is in the early stages but it is fun starting out fresh. My garden has many containers, planters and walls so that already is a good interesting foundation to build around.

I do spend a lot of time choosing plants as there is much to consider in a town section. We have a storm water pipe under the section so root growth is a big factor. I am also leaning towards a low maintenance garden so I take that into consideration when purchasing plants.

What my garden is lacking now is colour so my next mission is to had plants that will be rich with colour.

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    • cangetthere profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Informationshelte, ,

      I agree about using natural fertilizing in the garden. I usually use Sheep pallets. They are great in pots too and easy to apply.

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      informationshelte 

      4 years ago

      Hi,

      I think I know what you mean when you talk about garden rooms. It's the art of stimulating the "sixth sense", i.e. the picture that the mind can see, while the eyes may actually perceive something totally different. Thumbs up for that!

      As a practical note, attracting birds, bees and other animals and insects will have the extra benefit of fertilizing naturally your garden through the excrements of the animals.

    • cangetthere profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank You so much Lady Guinevere I am glad that you like the hub.

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      Love, love, love this hub of yours. I love all your pictures Thanks for sharing.

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