What do your picture when it comes to a beautiful garden? Is it a garden gnome in the corner, or do you prefer a full cascading waterfall garden?
Very trendy garden corners are meditation gardens, Zen gardens and shinrin-yoka (forest bathing) are a few gardens that have become very popular this year. The concept is to achieve mindfulness, and by drawing the eye toward a garden focal point, this is could be a resting pond for example. Many of these garden spaces include a bench or seating areas in a quiet section of the yard. Display water accents to create a Zen zone.
This is a huge trend. The sound of water is so soothing. The visual aspect makes it even better. You can start by looking for a simple stand-alone fountain, to a larger reflection pond. These pieces can enhance your space by making it peaceful.
You can find native plans that will self-seed and come back strong in the coming years. Some of these include trillium, datura, maximilian sunflowers, black-eyed Susan, fall aster, purple coneflower, milkweed and goldenrod. These are perfect because they can grow in thick where it can prevent weeds and will result in an annual wall of colour with a long-term effort.
You probably see these often in displays in stores. Succulents love bright, hot areas and they need minimal water. They look great along sidewalks and can easily brighten up your winter interior. A few succulents that can survive our Ontario winters outdoors include sedum, sempervivum, jovibarba, orostachys, rosularia and saxifraga.