By Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry
DISCOVER THE GOOD LIFE!
Gardens are a great place to sit and relax. Technically you are not considered a couch potato if you are sitting outside. So relax, kick up your feet and enjoy the ambiance. With a little garden art you can turn this experience into a full action thriller.
Fountains of life: Fountains are luxury item in any garden. It is the accessory with a strong beauty element. Install only if you have enough space.
Taps and hand pumps: Taps or hand pumps are available easily; you can even have it custom-made or renovate an old one! Most of the pretty gardens we visited had these at the entrance or in a corner. It is an accessory that won’t cost you much and add a little something to your garden.
Garden sculptures: Add color and life to your gardens with sculptures like the ones pictured here.
Ornamental Bird Feeders: Mowing your lawn, trimming the hedges, watering your plants are not the only jobs in a garden. Making it lively is also important so that it feels; looks and sounds like a real garden. There is nothing better than the chirping of birds in the garden. Attracting birds is essential to a garden and although some people might disagree because birds tend to pick on seeds that you spent your precious time in sowing. Bring music to your garden by introducing bird-feeders. You can have them custom-made or buy them from the market. These sleek, sophisticated bird feeders are as ornamental as they are useful, combining craftsmanship and mod appeal.
Buggies, band-wagons, Tongas make wonderful garden accessories! Surprised? Well, have a look at the ones we photographed and you will agree that they do add a vintage flavor to the garden.
Sculptured hedges: Have the hedge at your entrance sculptured or around the garden in designs of your choice. Here are a few ideas–
A WORLD OF CREATIVITY
Let your imagination run wild and let the creative side of you take over to give your garden a touch of you.
Creative flower pot ideas… Do try them at home.
This article was originally published in the print edition of Valuemag, issue 2, June 2008.