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Lighting in a garden is very important as it gives your garden a completely different look in night. Besides decoration, garden lights are used to show different aspects of a garden in night. If you don’t know which type of light is better for your garden then read this post as I have mentioned some common types of lights which can be used in garden.

Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are actually decorative lights which are small and strung on a cord. Since these lights are decorative, they are mostly used on Christmas to decorate gardens. But these lights can also be used year-round for as they give a pleasant and romantic feel to garden. Fairy lights come in different varieties. They are either powered by electricity or solar energy. Some fairy lights are battery powered also. Fairy lights are easy to install in garden because these strands of lights have clips which can be attached to branches of trees. Fairy lights are available in different colors to highlight different aspects of a garden but white fairy lights are commonly used as they serve general purpose.

Spotlights

If you want to highlight one specific area of your garden then a spotlight is the best for this purpose. Using spotlight is not a garden lighting method because it cannot light the whole garden. It is just use to create a dramatic effect in a garden. A garden spotlight can be used to highlight a specific garden feature like a tree, garden pond, statue, waterfall or a garden fountain.

Peg Lights

Peg lights are either LED or powered by solar energy. They are most popular way of lighting a garden as they are easy to install and are less expensive. Moreover they do not require maintenance. But these lights have a dark side too. Solar powered lights need sunlight during day so that they can produce light in night. This drawback has been overcome with batteries. There are some solar lights which also have batteries which can be used if there is insufficient sunlight. Peg lights have different shapes so you can choose one according to your garden style and theme.

Garden Lanterns

Lanterns are also decorative garden lights and come in different shapes, styles and sizes. Most common type of lanterns which are used in gardens is hanging lanterns. You can hang these lanterns on garden posts or around garden furniture. Besides hanging, lanterns can also be placed on garden furniture and other garden features. Lanterns get power either from solar energy or electricity. Some types of lanterns are also powered by candles. Such lanterns give a unique ambience to your garden at night.

These are four major types of lights which you can use in your garden. Each one of them has its own unique characteristics and style so choose one of your favorite from them and use it to have a well-lit garden.

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Hanging baskets containing flowers are always considered as best way to decorate your garden or patio. They not only add colors and fragrance but also give an elegant look to your outdoor parties. If you also want to decorate your garden or terrace with hanging baskets then you will have to choose flowers which all have same growth requirements so that it may become easier for you to take care of these flowers. Here I am providing you a list of flowers which you can choose to plant in your hanging basket.

Scaevola

It is an annual self-cleaning plant and produces flowers in different attractive colors and varieties including New Wonder and Purple Fan. These fan-shaped flowers are purple in color. These flowers are best for hanging baskets as they grow only 12 to 18 inches long. Moreover they can grow well in all conditions including full sun, partial sun and shade.

Calibrachoa

These flowers are considered ideal for hanging baskets as they trail over the edges of baskets and can hang up to three feet below basket. It is very easy to take care of these flowers because they shed their dead flowers themselves so there is no need to prune them. These annual flowers are also called million bells and they come in different colors like yellow, orange, violet and bluish-orange. They require full sun to grow and hence do well in summer.

Lobelia

These are tiny white flowers having a splash of navy blue. Trailing habits of these flowers make them ideal for hanging baskets for decorating patios and gardens as well. They are very easy to grow and have a long flowering period. These are also summer flowers as their growing period continues from June to October.

Trailing Sweet Pea

I personally like these flowers for their sweet fragrance. These flowers grow in smaller baskets because they manage to grow 7 inches only. Although they also grow best in summer, they continue to grow in winter also and produce flowers in colors like pinks, whites and purples. As far as growth and care requirements are concerned, these flowers need to be pruned when they are spent in order to encourage new blooms.

Begonia

Most suitable varieties of begonia that grow best in hanging baskets include Fragrant Cascading, Trailing Peach Melba, Fireball Cascading and Lemondrops. Begonias are found in colors including yellow, peachy pink, orange yellow and yellow.

Trailing Verbena

Hanging about 12 to 18 inches over the edge of their baskets, these flowers grow in clusters and have a soft and charming aroma. Some popular varieties of verbena are Babylon, Aztec strains, Twilight which come in beautiful colors including purple, lavender, red, white, pink and rose.

Other hanging baskets plants include:

  • Lobelia-trailing
  • Diascia Little Dancer Collection
  • Busy Lizzie
  • Fuchsia

Garden sheds are an important feature of a garden and they don’t look attractive if they kept simple and boring so like every other thing in garden, sheds also need to be decorated. People lacking time and money often try to tuck away garden sheds in corners so that they may not become visible. But in small gardens, it is not possible to hide garden sheds in corners. Don’t worry, with some innovative ideas, you can make garden shed looking an attractive feature of your garden and the great news is that I have come up with some ideas which are not only practical but also economical. Just have a look on these ideas:

  • First thing which you can use to decorate your garden is weather vane so attach one with peak of your garden shed. You can buy a traditional rooster weather vane or some other weather vane featuring one of your favorite animals.
  • Bird feeders and birdbaths are also considered essential while decorating a garden or a garden shed. Buy some attractive but economical birdbaths and bird feeders and hang them on a side of garden shed. Another idea is to hang birdbath at front of shed and set up birdhouses in nearby trees. Hanging birdbaths and bird feeders will not only decorate your garden shed but they will also attract birds which will make your garden even more beautiful and natural.
  • Take old garden items and use them to decorate the outside and entrance of shed. Old garden items may include tools, straw hats and clay pots.
  • Dried flowers arrangements can also be used to decorate a garden shed. So arrange some dried flowers in hanging baskets and hang them over windows and around entrance. Use flowers which have strong fragrance like sage and lavender to hang them on garden shed door.
  • Under the windows of garden shed, nail flower boxes and plant beautiful and smaller flowers in them like moss roses. You can also set matching flower boxes near path to garden shed. Also add other flower containers around outer area of shed.
  • Hanging wind chimes around garden shed is another wonderful idea. It adds to the beauty of garden shed and provides you with a pleasant feeling by producing melodious sound when wind blows.
  • Terra cotta garden art can be fastened to the side of garden shed that comes in different designs like that of butterflies, sun, flowers and fairies.
  • A trellis can be leaned against shed wall so that roses, ivy and other plants and vines can climb the wall easily.
  • I have also seen some garden sheds decorated with castle style cupola. It is actually a beautiful piece of artistic quality and it adds height to garden shed.

See!!! How simple it is to decorate a garden shed. If you are creative enough, you can use any of your own ideas to decorate your garden shed in the way you like.

A beautiful and attractive plant is not always sufficient to compensate the ugliness of a boring pot so people mostly think of looking for some beautiful and expensive pots. Instead of buying expensive pots, you can decorate them and for this, all you need is some great and applicable ideas. Decorating your pots at home will save money and you will be able to add beauty to not only your plants but whole garden. Here I have come up with some ideas which you can apply to decorate your potted plants:

First and easiest option is to decorate your boring pots with paint. You can paint your pots either with a single color or make a pattern by using different colors. It all depends on your creativity. Mostly boring pots are made interesting by painting either stripes or polka dots on them. If you are creative enough and have good painting skills, you can paint a whole garden scene on a dull pot. Bright colors are always recommended to paint dull clay pots.

Another technique which you can use to decorate your pots is one which is called decoupage. In this technique, you can stick on pictures and other relevant items to your pot using a decoupage medium and a paint brush. After doing enough practice, you can make different designs on pot by cutting paper in different shapes like that of flowers and then sticking them to pots. But remember that this technique works well on pots made of plastic or terra cotta.

Decorative elements can also be added to terra cotta pots by attaching mosaic tiles. You can do so by using any simple tile glue. You don’t need to have some expensive mosaic tiles for this purpose because you can also use broken pieces of glass and dishes to make mosaic tiles. If you don’t have enough broken pieces then you can also purchase tiles and other items. If these tiles are very large then use a hammer to break them into smaller pieces but before attaching these pieces on pots, make sure that you have made a plan about a pattern in which you are going to attach them.

Last but not the least; you can use plant pokes to decorate your flower pots. Don’t you know about plant pokes? Plant pokes are actually decorations which are attached to a thin rod. All you need to do is to dig the bottom of rod into soil letting the shape at the top to mingle with plant leaves. You can easily find these decorative elements in market having interesting shapes like that of bees and other garden related images.

These were some really great and simple ideas which can be applied easily to decorate potted plants. I hope that you will like these ideas and follow them as well.

Garden decoration is not limited to fountains, garden furniture and waterfalls but you can also decorate your garden walls as well. If you are thinking of decorating your garden walls in unique ways then read this post because I have a number of wonderful ideas to decorate your garden walls:

  • You can decorate your garden wall with outdoor wall lights. Outdoor lights are available in different sizes and unique shapes including both traditional and modern. I will like you to use an iron lamp with a lantern shape to decorate your garden wall but choice of lights will all depend on your liking and theme of your garden. I will also like to add that wall lights should be decorative as well as functional such as you can use track lights so that they can highlight your wall art.
  • Thermometers and clocks can also be used to decorate garden walls. Outdoor thermometers and clocks are mostly waterproof and made of material like rust-free aluminum that prevents these lights from any harm and damage. If you have an intention to decorate garden wall with clocks and thermometer, you can make a choice from a wide variety as clocks and thermometers come in different styles and shapes. Sometimes clocks also come in combination with thermometer or even with humidity-level indicator. Moreover thermometers and clocks come in different exciting shapes like that of a rectangle, sun or round-shaped.
  • Another very good idea is to decorate your garden walls with wall art. Wall art for garden usually has a theme that depicts nature like plants, flowers and animals. Different kinds of garden wall art are available which are decorative and very attractive. For example, wall art may be in the form of ceramic plates, mosaic artwork as well as metal work. Metal work wall art come in the shapes of sun, moon, butterflies and hummingbird etc.
  • Wall planters can also be used for garden wall decorations. Like other decorative items, they are also available in different shapes and sizes from which you can choose according to your choice and garden theme. Wall planters that are usually available are made of materials like wood and wrought iron and they look like vases or pots. There are some plants that are best suitable for wall planters like petunia, sweet potato wine and ipomoea etc.

These were some really great ideas that you can follow to decorate your garden walls in a beautiful ways. You can even combine these ideas with your own creative ideas to make your garden walls even more attractive and appealing.

Growing an indoor garden is very beneficial as it plays an important role in reducing air pollution in your house and consequently it will also prove healthy for you. Many people want to create indoor gardens but don’t know the exact way of making it possible. It is quite easy to create indoor garden if some useful tips and instructions are followed. Such instructions are given below:

Purchase Plants

Firstly you will have to purchase plants that can grow and flourish indoors. These plants may include some varieties of ivy and tropical plants.

Selection of Containers

You will have to select containers of good quality. Plastic containers should never be used as they can not support a growing plant due to their light weight. Remember that the containers are not only necessary for the proper growth of plants but also they affect the decoration of your house. Bad quality containers can spoil the outlook and décor of your house.

Choice of Soil

Potting soil should be used to grow the plants indoors. Some people make a mistake by using the topsoil from their yard. It can be bad for the healthy growth of plants because topsoil doesn’t contain the nutrients essential for plants.

Selection of Location

The best area for growing the plants indoors is that which receives a lot of sunlight during the day time. An eastern-facing window would be the perfect location as it receives a large amount of sunlight in the afternoon.

Keeping the Plants Mist

Indoor plants need to be misted frequently. In big and modern homes, there are air conditioners which give a pleasant feeling to human as they deplete the indoor moisture. But this is not good for indoor plants. Therefore it is necessary to provide moisture to the plants daily with a spray bottle. Remember to fill the spraying bottle with filtered water.

Arrangement of Plants

The plants should be arranged in an attractive way to appeal the guests that visit your house. You may hang some plants from the ceiling. Spider plants and ivies are best for this purpose as they grow downwards. While making plants grouping, place taller plants in the back of short plants so that short plants become visible.

These were some simple instruction to create indoor gardens. Hopefully it will help you a lot.

Decorating a garden is not as difficult as it sounds. People think that an expert designer is required to decorate a garden which is very expensive. To save money, you can decorate your garden very well. All you need to do is to plan that how will you decorate your garden and then execute this plan. In this way, you can decorate your garden according to your taste and within your budget. Some garden decoration ideas and items are given below. By applying these ideas, you will be able to decorate your garden beautifully.

Stones

Using stones in garden is proved to be very good decoration idea. These stones are available in different sizes and shapes and can be used in different ways. For example, the stones of small size can be used to make circles around the trees or to make a boundary around flowerbeds. And the stones which are flat in shape can be used to make walkways.

Solar Flower Lights

Solar flower lights look very beautiful and give an elegant look to your garden. They provide light to your garden at night. There are different types of solar flower lights available in the market such as roses, tulips, lilies and others as well.

Wind Chimes

Wind chimes add to the beauty of a garden because they produce very sweet sound when mild wind blows and give a peace of mind. Wind chimes are available in different attractive colors. But people find it difficult to decide that where to hang them. The wind chimes can be hung from a plant pole or porch. Using wind chimes in your garden will make you relaxed with melodious sound produced by them.

Fountains

Fountains are a common item that is used for garden decoration. They can be placed in the middle of the garden. They look even more beautiful when a stone walkway circles around them. They also give a pleasant and relaxing feeling by the sound of running water.

Animals Figurines

You can also add animal figurines to enhance the beauty and décor of your garden. These include turtles, bunnies etc. These figurines can be moved anywhere according to your choice and needs.

Garden Flags

Another item that can be used to decorate the garden is garden flags. They look very beautiful and can be changed depending on the season.  These flags can be decorated with flowers, trees, birds and other designs. Most importantly, they are quite inexpensive and give a unique look to garden.

Bird Feeders

If you are a nature-loving person then you should include a bird feeder in your garden decorative items. But one thing that needs to be kept in mind is that the feeders should be placed at such a place from where you can see them eating food. Another factor which demands special care is that the feeders should be always filled with seeds and birdbath should be filled with water. When you will do this, you will see your garden full of color and life.

These were some of the items that can be used to decorate a garden within budget and resources.