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July 24, 2017 3:50 am

Adding some “Pop” to the Landscape

Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 6:45 AM

Adding the finishing touches to the landscape is what brings it over the top. It’s those small details that can make a big impact.

You can have a great garden design, and plenty of colourful flowers, but without the finishing touches it may feel flat.

There are a number of ways to add these touches to your garden, whether it is adding a pop of colour, an element of sound or something fun and whimsical. Many gardens and landscapes have a focal point. This can be a tree, shrub or other plant but it wouldn’t it be great to add a fountain to the landscape as the focal point.

Fountains add both visual interest as well as the element of sound and movement. There are many options for fountains, whether large or small, natural looking or modern, as well as as the possibility of adding colour and light. Fountains and running water add a serene feel to the landscape, as well as inviting the birds to come and have a dip.

Another great way to add a finishing touch to the garden is the use of garden art. This can take many forms such as statues, gazing balls, wall art, metal art or hanging pieces.

Even small pieces of decor have a large impact, whether nestled into a garden or displayed on a porch or entryway. Statuary has been used in landscapes for centuries. Small statues such as wildlife, gargoyles, angels,etc., tucked into the landscape can add whimsy or elegance depending on what you use. Small statues easily fit into almost any spot in the garden and with so many options you are sure to find one that suits your personal style. Try placing one at the base of a tree, or tucking it under large overhanging foliage.

Gazing balls are attractive spheres that come in various colours and styles. They can add a pop of colour or reflect colours when using the metallic spheres.

Wall art, while traditionally thought of for inside the home has grown in popularity in recent years and as such has created many great options. Often made of metal, and either in neutral or bright colours these pieces can be hung on fences, walls or even attached to a strong trellis.

Adding vertical interest can make a big impact on the garden, by adding something as simple as a unique trellis. You can also draw the eye up with a hanging piece, chimes, spinners, garden flags and sun catchers can be just the finishing touch you were looking for.

Don’t forget about when nightfalls. Solar lights are a wonderful way to add an inviting, warm glow to the landscape. They come in various styles and can be placed anywhere. Lighting a path, on posts, in the flowerbed. Or perhaps hanging a string of lights from one tree to another. Lighting the garden is a great way to be able to enjoy the garden longer as you sit outdoors and enjoy the tranquillity of night time.

You may be surprised how a few simple pieces can create a whole new look in your garden and give it that ‘finishing touch’.

-Jos

Jos Van Hage owns and operates two Art Knapp  Home and Garden Centres in Prince George

Highway 16  west at Kimball Road

Highway 97 North at Northwood Pulpmill Road

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