A garden is often the one place on the property where people go to relax and be at one with nature. It provides a respite from the harsh, grey reality of the bustling city life, but it can be difficult to design the perfect rustic retreat. Here are some handy hints and tips you can follow to make the process easier and more enjoyable.
Plan your space
The first step in any DIY project is to always plan out your space. Ask yourself what you want to do with the space and how you will be using it once you have finished. Will you only be designing a garden space or will you be installing a stunning rustic shed, complete with a stylishly weathered wooden garden gate for privacy?
Knowing what you are going to use the space for will help you to plan the layout and appearance of the space. For example, a keen gardener will need an area for planting and someone who simply wants to relax among wild greenery will need a place to put a bench or daybed. Draw your plans up first before you go shopping for exciting accessories and tools.
Claim the space as your own
Often, gardens are created to be general space for the family but with a rustic garden, you can truly put your own touch on the space. You can use home decor items that may not match your interior decor, such as bulky wooden key hangers for keeping small garden tools handy or votive candle holders as pretty succulent pots.
Do not be afraid of putting your personality all over your rustic garden, but be sure that you do not clutter the space with knick-knacks and decor. Let nature do some of the speaking and put in potted plants, creepers and flowers as green decor. If you have a garden shed, decorate this to suit your needs and personal style, and make sure your family knows that it is your space, so they do not introduce clashing elements to the area.
A rustic garden needs a selection of rustic decor and plant holders. Instead of spending money on expensive “shabby chic” containers, why not upcycle the ones you already have? You could use old pallets for vegetable garden fencing; simply pull them apart, sand them down gently and nail them together in the desired shape.
Plants can be grown in anything, not necessarily the pots found in garden stores. Use old metal buckets, biscuit tins, unused bird baths – the list is endless. Be sure, however, that the container has sufficient drainage holes in the bottom for excess water to drain out. If the container does not have these, drill some of your own if possible. Also, consider the depth of the container if you are going to be using it to plant vegetables.
If you are going to build a path in your wonderfully rustic garden, be sure not use pavers that are too new-looking, as this could break up the look and make it seem forced. Rather, you should use old pavers or stones from previous landscaping projects. If they do not match exactly, this will simply enhance the overall look and atmosphere.
If you absolutely have to have new pavers then get ones which have a rustic or vintage appearance. Look for ones in neutral browns or greys which will match the overall decor of the garden. Choosing stones in bright colours will clash with the aesthetic and will take away from the calming, natural appearance of the space.
Choose a colour palette and stick with it
Every garden should have a pop of colour in it to create interest and draw in the eye. However, when you are designing a rustic garden it is best to choose a single colour palette and stick to it. Rather than playing with a diverse variety of colours, choose flowers and plants that are calming colours, such as purples or blues.
This colour palette should continue into your decor, so as not to interrupt the flow of the garden. If you have planted purple Lavender and purple Gerber daisies in your garden, you could include wooden pavers with a grey undertone to match or purple pots for succulents to tie in with the rest of the garden. Avoid bright reds and oranges, which are more common in modern gardens.
There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments
Remember to have fun when creating your rustic garden. Experiment with the design and layout, adding or subtracting elements as you see fit. Your garden should reflect your personality, which makes a rustic aesthetic the ideal choice. Once you have created the perfect green haven, you will be surprised at how much time you will want to spend in the great outdoors.