For garden accessories that are a cut above the ordinary, think about distinctive structural elements, fountains and other water features, skilled placement of native plants, and other artful additions to a back yard space, as illustrated here by Art in Green. When it comes to an inviting ambience for any outdoor space, probably nothing succeeds like water: infinity-edged reflecting pools, ponds carved from a natural wetland, gentle ripples lapping against lily pads or offering a home for tiny fish…the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Waterfalls and cascades are irresistible as well: a flowing stream of water over a stone or metal wall, illuminated by different colored arrangements or white up-lights by night, gives any garden a sense of magic. And water plus statuary or ceramics make a terrific combination.
Pair a small waterspout with a statue of an elfin or mythical figure and you’ve upped the “fun” quotient immediately. For tiny city gardens, container plantings can make the difference between bare and bountiful, and the planters can be as minimalist, plain, or ornate as you like: use pristine white concrete rectangles, tall carved vases, or anything in between! Most important of all, though, let’s not forget the stars of the garden — the garden plants and trees themselves. Foliage can provide privacy, create secluded nooks for conversation or contemplation, or add much-needed shade. Using native plants, wildflower clusters, and ornamental grasses provides both color and fresh fragrances, a priceless addition to any oasis. Take a look at these ideas and create a uniquely inspired garden of your own!