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Natural Beauty with a Purpose

It is often times desirable to add utility and usefulness to space but if the space you adding it to is in your garden for all the world to see matching the theme is also important. Years of carefully cultivated landscaping can be diminished by a poor choice when the need to add utility comes up.

Natural beauty of a maintained garden is difficult to match. Integrating a utility shed or garage often becomes a chore as you relocate flowering bushes and plants in an attempt to hide or masquerade the intrusion on your natural beauty.

In some cases the structure is already there and you are simply looking for ways to integrate it more cleanly to a natural look in your garden. Whilst perfectly acceptable 15 years ago when your landscaping amounted to trimmed grass and a few potted plants it now mars the vista with its square lines among your mature flowering plants and natural backdrop.

Some simple steps can be taken to correct the appearance of an existing structure. Not different from most decorating the key is in blending lines and colours in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

If you want the structure to blend more with the garden than look at the colours of the garden. Natural greens, browns and pastels of different hues blend more graciously than stark whites or harsh hard colours.

Use accent or trim colours to match the colours of nearby garden flowers or if desired use trim colour to match the primary homes colour to keep everything congruous.

Square corners and lines are not found in nature. If you want a more gentle look break up long lines of corners and eaves by planting a flowering bush or evergreen at the corners and hanging plants of different sizes and at different levels on the eaves. A flat wall is made more interesting by hanging ‘closed shutters’ on the wall with a flower box underneath. No need for adding an actual window if it is simple aesthetics. Always an excellent option – add a simple trellis with a clematis vine to add character.

For new structures such as sheds or garages on your already mature garden keep the same things in mind. Plan coordinating colours and keep in mind the sight lines. An easy way to ensure a more natural beautiful appearance is to select a structure that is more natural or rustic looking. Relatively cheap log cabins made of all natural environmentally friendly materials have more rounded lines and natural beauty.

If you are looking for a bespoke design to match either other structures architectural style or for further utility of porches or trellis to enhance the garden you can click here: Log Cabins for Sale – for design ideas and possibilities. It is possible to incorporate natural buildings and structures into your landscape even if needs place require a specific size or purpose.

With new or existing structures matching colours with those already existing in your garden will draw the eye to the natural beauty as opposed to the building. New structures are readily available in materials that demonstrate your dedication to a green environment and respect for nature.

This article is written by Vickie Harrison and it is her fifth article of a series on garden solutions.

Vickie is a budding/beginner gardener based in the UK. In her spare time she can be found hanging out around garden centres looking for inspiration for her own small back garden that has been ruined by her big Labrador called Ernie.

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