What Makes a Beautiful Garden

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Variety is the spice of Life’ this popular saying is as relevant in garden planning as it is in any other area of life.

In order to appreciate individual items in the garden, we need contrast. Areas of greenery allow beautifully coloured blooms to take the spotlight, but if the same flowers were positioned in a bed full of colour their individual impact is reduced. Equally geometric features can provide the perfect balance to natural planting and structural forms can offer height and interest to the overall design.


Trees are an obvious choice for adding height and structure to an open space. They can become a focal point for the design, add year round interest and even provide fruits. A tree offers shade from the sun and a home or resting place for birds, insects and other wildlife. Trees can be used to line pathways, to direct the eye and create a sense of dimension. In planting one tree, you benefit from decades of delight.

Trees might be ideal in some parks and gardens, but they aren’t suited to all situations. In smaller spaces on the wrong position they can dominate, block out natural light and prevent other plants from growing. Their capacity for drawing water out of the ground means that their roots can cause damage such as subsidence to property or uneven pathways. They also require regular pruning to keep them in good shape and condition.

Many of these issues can be eliminated by your choice of tree. If you are considering tree planting to enhance your outdoor space, it is worth seeking the advice of a horticultural specialist. A qualified gardener will have the knowledge and experience to recommend suitable specimens for the space, ideal locations and planting instructions.


If tree planting isn’t ideal, there are an extensive variety of shrubs that can be used to create height, geometry and structural features. No matter whether you are looking for plants that love full sun, shade, dry or damp conditions, small tight foliage or large exotic leaves, there will be a variety of shrubs to choose from.

In addition to structure a shrub can also be selected to provide year round colour, to attract wildlife or for its scent. Pruning bushes into shape is easier than a fully grown tree, so it is easier to keep them at the right size and shape for the available space. Shrubs can also be used to provide a natural border; to divide the land into distinct areas or add privacy.

Manmade Structures

Another way of creating height, structure and geometry to an open space is with the use of manmade structures. We can look at the grand gardens of stately homes to see how fountains, gateways and carved sculptures were popular points of interest. In our gardens we might use tall plant pots, bird baths and arches to the same effect.

Walls and Fencing

Walls and fencing are typically considered as practical features of a garden, but they can also be used to enhance the overall appeal. As an example, climbing plants positioned against walls and fencing will help to carry the design upwards. In addition to being a border, fencing and walls can be used to divide the space, to direct the eye and even as a decorative feature in their own right.

Outdoor lighting, window boxes and other items can also be attached to walls and fencing to add interest. They can also be painted to add contrast, or to compliment the planting colour scheme.

Ask for Advice

If you are keen to explore ways of adding variety and interest into your garden, or would like more advice on trees, shrubs, manmade structures and fencing, Wokingham based Gardeneer is happy to assist. From recommending the ideal spot for your favourite plant, to tree surgery and landscaping, we have the expertise to help.

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