From the most elegant and expensive to simple and beautiful, gardens provide many benefits to any home. A garden can be a quiet, peaceful environment for busy moms; a safe, imaginative environment for children to play; or a retreat for busy professionals. Magazines may have given us an intimidating notion about what a garden should look like, full of perfectly manicured flora, freshly painted designer furniture, and grass so green it looks fake. Don’t fear – you can begin building the perfect garden with just a few pieces: an outdoor water fountain, seating, and, of course, plants. For centuries, poets and philosophers have been musing about the relationship between humans and water. Some have even claimed that those who live near water experience more peace and tranquility than others, because the sound of water has been symbolic of giving life for centuries. Early in the history of humanity, people groups would build cities dependent on the location of water sources. Whether or not you live near a large body of water, setting up an outdoor water fountain just beyond your door evokes the same soothing quality of listening to waves crash to shore.Fountains can be purchased or built in a variety of different design aesthetics, including classic, zen, and modern.
Seating is very important, because the placement and comfort of it directly influence the quality of relationships that can be fostered and built in your garden. It also influences the amount of restoration you can gain from your garden. In the past several years, design shows and blogs have begun to feature outdoor spaces, creating a demand for comfortable, affordable outdoor furniture in a variety of styles. Choose durable furniture with removable back and seat cushions. During inclement weather, the cushions can be removed and brought inside to extend the life of your furniture.
Gardens aren’t just for flowers anymore. From succulents to ferns, to full-sized fruit trees, find plants to match your personality. Do a bit of internet research or check with your local home and garden store to determine which plants are appropriate for your area and easy to maintain.
Start with these pieces to evoke elegance and tranquility, and you’ll add square footage to your home. With all of these stunning elements combined, your garden area will be enhanced and will also offer a quiet place to retreat to on a busy day. Your garden will also benefit yourself, your relationships, and the value of your home for years to come.
Paige One looks to gardens and the decor elements available for instant elegance and tranquility. Add elegance to your garden with outdoor water fountains and enjoy the instant value to your home.
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