The first in a series of articles on how-to creatively design personal touches - patio furniture, fountains, area rugs, statutes, bird feeders, bird baths, and other related items into the landscape.
It's the moment you have been waiting for. The hard work of designing and installing the landscape is now complete. The patios and walkways have been laid, the plants have been planted. Now it’s time to add the finishing touches. It’s time to accessorize.
What does this mean? Inside the home, adding furniture, throw rugs, pictures, and other touches is known as interior decorating. Accessorizing the outside of the home is nothing more than exterior decorating. In fact, many of these same types of features used to decorate the inside the home - tables and chairs, decorative lights, vases, plant containers, rugs – are used outside as well, albeit these design elements will be chosen to handle the weather. As a landscape designer in the San Diego area, I get my clients personally involved in choosing these personal finishing touches. I often leave space in the landscape plan for the selection of patio furniture, fountains, area rugs, statutes, bird feeders and bird baths, and other related items, then leave it to the client to select these items. Or we select them together. In this way, clients feel a part of creating the landscape. They are personalizing their outdoor space.
When choosing accessories, a few rules apply:
This is the first of a series. Next, we will go more into depth as we break down the various types of garden accessories in upcoming articles.