(NC)—You don't have to spend hundreds (or thousands) on a landscape architect to add major impact to your garden. Look at these simple—and affordable—ways to pump up the wow factor.
1. Never underestimate the power of planters. Set them around the edge of your patio to separate the space from the yard or put them right in the garden. Fill them with tall ornamental grass for added privacy as well as visual interest. For a designer touch, pick an affordable and chic looking artisanal planter like an authentic terra cotta pot in celebrity potter Guy Wolff's collection, available exclusively in Canada in select Loblaw banner stores.
2. Vines can be so helpful—especially if the view of your backyard includes a chainlink fence or the side of a shed or garage. Use colourful, fast-growing vines like honeysuckle or Virginia Creeper. If you're beautifying a wall, you'll need a lattice, which you can buy in sheets at the hardware store.
3. Hanging baskets always look stunning on a porch or a veranda. Choose a bright basket and use multiples to create a look of balance, such as the new PCGigantico Suncatcher Pink Lemonade Petunia featured in the 2012 President's Choice Lawn and Garden Insider's Report. It's an easy way to brighten up a deck, balcony or front porch.
4. The sound and motion of water gently falling from a fountain brings serenity to your garden—and looks fantastic. Place a water feature in the corner of your patio or right in the garden bed, as long as it's on a sturdy base.
5. Lighting adds so much to a garden. Aim a spotlight up the base of a tree into the branches for some real drama. Strings of white lights around bushes are a special touch—and you can even place them throughout topiary forms to emphasize the shapes.
6. Accessories are affordable and make a difference. Add some instant character by setting up an antique-style bench padded with comfy cushions. Or hang a mesh hammock under some shady trees and drape it with a cozy fleece blanket.
More tips to help with planning your garden can be found online at pc.ca.