Tips for your garden
How to turn a dull garden into a radiant one? Apart from aesthetics, choice of colours plays a major role for improving the look of the garden. Avoid cluttering of plants too.
THE BASIC purpose behind tending and nurturing a garden is creating a microclimate around the house, screening the glare, letting in the breeze and cutting down the noise. And above all, the soothing greenery is a great stress buster.
But as time passes, the tender saplings take roots firmly and begin to blossom, presenting you with an ambience of bright green and colourful foliage, the dormant designer in you longs to lend that artistic touch. Of transforming the simple garden into a magical one with that designer inputs, a little pond here, a cute mound there, and lighting.
So here is some advice from Sridevi Rao, well-known landscape architect, on how to create levels and decide on colour scheme to make one's garden stand out.
While creating levels in the garden, never go against nature and don't create obstacles resulting in flooding of water, she says. A flat garden looks as good. A water pond, mound should not be included just because they are in-thing. One can use lights throwing glow on branches or recessed lights, illuminating steps and slopes.
The choice of colours enhances the look of the garden. They should be in contrast to the colour of the house. Plants with darker colours could be planted closer to the house while lighter ones be away to give a sense of space. Don't clutter the garden with too many plants but have few plants that are in harmony with each other in shape.
Providing hedges to define borders of a garden may not be a good idea as nothing could be grown in the area later as the roots of hedges would become harder and stronger.
M.L. MELLY MAITREYI
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