Welcome your guests, mark the way, or just add a bit of extra beauty to the entrance to your garden. At Northwind Perennial Farm they did just that.
A pair of containers filled with Mandevilla, petunias, and sweet potato vines flank the entrance to a colorful garden. Visitors stop to view the containers and discover the beautiful gardens that lie ahead.
Arbors have long been used to mark an entrance or transition in a landscape. You can use an old gate as an arbor for a twist on the traditional approach.
Combine the two for a colorful welcome from the containers on the ground to the structure over head.
Use stone pillars to mark the beginning or end of a garden path.
And in one area at Northwind Perennial Farm we were invited to step into the garden and onto a path that seemed to disappear into a woodland garden.
A bit more information: Include landscape lighting to brighten your entryways at night. Low voltage and solar lights can be used to guide visitors to your front door or outdoor living space. Use homemade or purchased luminaires, candles in mason jars and wine bottles, or votive candles in decorative glassware along walkways for parties and special events.
About Melinda Myers
Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes for Chicagoland Gardening and State-by-State Gardening. She has received recognition and numerous awards, including the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award. Myers’ website is www.melindamyers.com.
Nationally known gardening expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moment television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Home gardeners throughout the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative. Here, Melinda shares garden tips which expand on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.
New topics will be added throughout the growing season, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! To view online streaming video of Melinda’s Garden Moments, click here.