By guest blogger, Heather Roberts

Don’t fall victim to the common misconception that gardening mostly means growing and looking after plants. The garden can just as easily be turned into an interesting place that could be an extension of your home. 

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Beautiful gardens often come at a price as maintenance can be costly as well as time consuming. There are a lot of things you can do to it – from pathways and creative landscaping to putting some special features that are fit for every budget and style. But anyone can really have a beautiful garden if they set their heart to it. Add a feature here and there and managing it can be a breeze. 

Here are just a few handy ideas that you might want to consider for your garden:

Pathways

Popular-Eye-Candy-Garden-Features2-300x200Most gardens feature at least a pathway, which serves a practical purpose. You can’t be treading in mud every time it rains outside, as garden care won’t wait for the ground to dry. Apart from being useful in that regard, paths can complement the aesthetics of your garden a great deal. You can choose from multiple materials, such as gravel, concrete and brick or ground covers and mulch for more of a natural look. So take a look at your overall garden style and pick what best works in your case.

Water features

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There’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of water coming from your own garden. Water features tend to lend tranquility as well as achieve a unique look for such a place. You can go with a small pond, or if you’re more ambitious, a large fountain. If you are feeling creative, you can use a tub or a specialised container to make a pond out of. Otherwise you can aid your garden maintenance efforts with fountains of multiple sizes and styles.

Gates and fences

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There are a lot that fences and gates can accomplish when you feature them in your garden. The most obvious is adding privacy, but they are also used as barriers and shelter from tough conditions.

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You can choose to pick your fence from a gardening centre or create your own as part of a DIY project. You just have to be careful and select a design that works well with the rest of your garden – iron and wood gates are excellent addition in every natural country setting, while picket fencing is what every cottage garden can use.

Garden structures

Trellises, pergolas and arches are the best complements to fences and walls. The good thing about them is that they can be specially tailored to fit your garden style and needs – they can be either for decorative purposes or to provide support, shading and screening.

Focal points

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Never underestimate the importance of a good focal point. Statuary and ornaments have a wonderful impact on the overall look of every garden. Don’t restrict your imagination – let it run wild and pick the right features for you, as they become beautiful centerpieces and don’t really require too much garden care. Simple cleaning from time to time is enough in most cases.

There was a time when only the privileged owned beautiful and manicured gardens. Gardens make for a great addition to every home, especially when they are well maintained and have interesting features. It can even add value to the property if your garden is well planned and maintained.

There is a lot that you can introduce in your garden. You can choose any of the tips we’ve just shared or consult some experts. Whether it’s a pathway, a creative landscape, or a special feature, make sure that it all blends well to make your garden the beautiful sanctuary that you’ve always wanted. 

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