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Garden Series III: How-to Create a Fantasy and Romance Garden
• Opt for soft lines and curves in landscaping instead of straight lines and sharp corners.
• Incorporate some design features such as a garden arch and trellising for floaty climbing plants or a pathway for romantic strolls.
• Ideally your space should be private, or at least include a private area. You can do this with clever planting or invest in a metal gazebo or pergola for a completely enclosed seating area.
Vintage Metal Garden Furniture – Choose swirly white or cream metal garden furniture with a delicate framework for an elegant, dreamy look. Choose elegant bistro set with in a French country style or a rustic garden bench with a bronze patina finish.
Garden Art – Classical Aphrodite or Eros statues will add to the ambience. Choose something more ethereal such a collection of winged angels or cherubs. Garden statues also offer an opportunity to add a fantasy element with mythical fairies, toadstools or dragons.
Twinkle Lights – lanterns or candles for a dreamy feel after dark.
Rhododendrons – or Rose of Sharon have beautiful blooms and available in many sizes and colours. These shrubs can create areas of privacy and reduce wind.
Lavender- Fragrance is an important feature; lavender is perfect for edges and borders.
Cherry Tree – Look for trees with beautiful spring blossoms such as the cherry tree, the confetti effect in spring will make your garden feel even more magical.
Honeysuckle –The honeysuckle has creamy white flowers and is perfect for use on trellises or arbours.
Lily of the Valley – with stunning white heart-shaped flowers, great for softening pathways
Trailing lobelia – for planters and hanging baskets.
Mirror – useful for making small outdoor spaces seem larger and to decorate walls in a courtyard garden, plus shimmering light reflections will add to the ambience.
Loveseat – a bench made especially for two, position in a quite spot in your garden.
Drapes – If you have a pergola or gazebo, use soft flowing fabrics to curtain off for extra privacy and to enhance the design. If not, get creative and find other ways to incorporate floaty drapes.