Art and the Garden

By Chad Keller

Now that the patio doors are open for the summer season, and the outdoor furniture is ideally placed for comfort, it’s time to turn your attention to the surrounding landscape and complete the scene with just the right finishing touches. Because our backyards are an extension of our indoor living space, many homeowners view their landscape as a place to express their creativity, using their artistic flair to create a cozy and inviting outdoor space.

Some design their landscapes to be an experience. These homeowners create multiple vignettes and points of interest that can be seen only when wandering through the garden. For them, the experience in the garden is comparable to wandering through the rooms and halls of a museum. Each flower bed and area of the garden offers a different place to contemplate the colors, shapes, and textures of the plants that fill it, to view a statue or water feature, or to find a place to sit.

Just as a museum would, the garden should offer room for wandering. This provides a chance to view the various areas of the garden and be drawn into different spaces. Meandering paths are a good way to lead people through your landscape. Most people have a sense of adventure and curiosity and will follow welcoming paths in familiar environments to see where they lead.

The end of a path or an open space is a perfect place to site a bench or chair for meditation or an object (artifact) to contemplate. These garden focal points can be hidden throughout the landscape – places, plants, and art to find and enjoy. Or they can be very obvious features seen from every angle of the yard, like an arbor over a gate or copies of architectural ruins like Roman columns or a small-scale Monticello, known as follies. There are all kinds of “art” that can be used to create interest. The list is endless; specimen trees and shrubs, unusual plants or plant combinations, birdbaths, statuary, water gardens, urns, interesting pots, trellises, arbors, old iron fences or gates, and more. These items can be purchased from your local garden center or found in an attic or garage – two great resources for old doors, windows or pieces of furniture. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Consider placing an unusually shaped door or door frame at an entrance to a side yard or incorporating it into a fence. They could also be used as a trellis or just perfectly placed to frame a view. Old doors come in different shapes, sizes, and with interesting textures and colors. They can be easily painted or covered with vines to create a beautiful place in your landscape.

Getting creative in your own garden is fun and recommended! If you need some professional help, please feel free to write us to ask any questions you may have


Chad Keller head

As owner of Precision Landscapes, Chad’s vision is to consistently provide the best landscape services and customer experience in Northeast Georgia. Chad has many notable projects to his credit such as the installation of Bolton Dining Commons at the UGA, Shakerag Park in the City of Johns Creek, and numerous residential estates throughout the state. He grew up in Oconee County and was fascinated by the outdoors. In his free time Chad enjoys boating, traveling, football Saturdays and spending quality time with his wife Nina Keller and his two dogs Aspen and Breck.

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