Even if you don’t identify as an artist, your garden is a form of art through your self-expression. Consider that each of us draws from a common regional palette of plants but situates them in idiosyncratic combinations. We create vignettes that are like paintings that change by the minute and day. And we add utilitarian, sentimental, and purely decorative objects that personalize our outdoor spaces and impact our gardens’ designs by providing focal points and contrast. No two gardens are alike.
When it comes to garden art, convention tells us a little goes a long way. The solid structures in our gardens—our houses, outbuildings, stone walls, fences, and pathways—all act as foils for the wild exuberance of plants, providing contrast and scale. Every container, tuteur, birdbath, bench, gnome,…
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