Having your own secret garden is probably something you have only ever imagined having in your dreams, but what if you could create one yourself, uniquely to suit who you are as a person and what you want in a garden?
Have a read and see what ideas stand out to you. They are all simple enough to do, but will drastically change the look of your backyard, turning it into something magically mysterious for you to indulge in.
Get a garden gate
Now we’re not talking about a little wooden thing that can be stepped over – we mean very large antique styled doors with a grand vintage knocker and a bolt or two. If you want to make an impact, this is definitely the way to do you. That by itself will create a curiosity so strong that people will be begging to see what lies behind it. Remember that first impressions tend to be made within the first few seconds, and with that as an entrance, you will be creating an incredible sense of mystery, desire, inquisitiveness, and longing.
Plant a variety of trees
Trees are a great feature to have in a garden because they can make you feel so many different things, and if your focus is mystery and secrets, then planting trees around will create that sense of privacy you need. Get expert advice when tree planting from Johnson’s Landscaping, so you know exactly how things should be done, depending on what type of tree you’re looking at getting. Decide whether you want them randomly scattered, or in a specific pattern. You could even purposely plant them in a way that creates a wall or other ‘room’ to hide away in.
Embrace the shadows
Not that there is anything wrong with light – if it didn’t exist, you wouldn’t have a shadow anyway. But encourage shaded areas in a new way – rather than having a block of shade, try creating patterns instead. It’s really not as hard as it sounds. You can easily do this with a modesty screen, or something of the sort. If it hasn’t already had details cut into it, you can do this yourself with a drill. Something as simple as random holes in a plank of wood will do! When the sun is where you want it, light will be firing through, while leaving painted shadows over the trees, floor, and even your body.
Add architectural pieces
It is very easy to get carried away with this, but the key is simplicity. You don’t want it to look like an artsy garden where everything is perfect and sparkling – where’s the mystery in that? Instead, you want to place the pieces slightly hidden away, as if they have been there for hundreds of years. By doing this, you will be making your guests and visitors create a story, without even releasing it.
Now you understand how simple it really is, get looking online and in your local garden centers, and see if anything stands out to you that you think will work for your theme. Just remember not to tell anyone! – It is a secret after all…