Garden Planning Tips Hide Ugly Features

Wouldn’t it be lovely if all the garden looked lovely, but sadly this is not the norm. Most gardens have an unloved area, a part of the garden you wished wasn’t there or an immovable feature that is just downright ugly! The trouble is modern gardens are much smaller now, so these ugly bits become even more noticeable. This Garden planning tips hide ugly features post will help you come up with easy design solutions that won’t cost a fortune. But that will help you hide those ugly bits better!

Garden Planning Tips Hide Ugly Features Top Tip:

Distraction – you can’t hide ugly objects in a small space; you just need to make them less noticeable

Every garden has its bad bit, the problem arises when the bad bits become THE garden feature, so how do you reduce the negative visual impact?

With all these images, there is one common problem, one missing element that means all you end up looking at is the unattractive features. These could be concrete paths, bland paving slabs or lots of fence panels. So what is the missing element?

A ‘Look at Me Instead’ feature!

The problem with hiding large unattractive features is, what is doing the hiding has to be large as well. You simply replace one ugly element with a larger less ugly one.

Does adding a green ‘wall’ make the ugly less ugly? All that is being accomplished is more attention is drawn to the one part you don’t want to notice! It becomes more noticeable because it is trying to hide something – so we tend to look for what is being hidden.

A different approach is needed.

Distraction Technique Number 1 – Add something unexpected.

This is all about creating an ‘oooh what’s that’ or an ‘oh, that’s a clever idea’ response. Add something to the ugliness that is so totally different, it takes over from the ugliness behind it. And the best part is that this can be anything YOU LIKE!

Distraction Technique Number 2 – Make a big bold feature elsewhere

Now this may seem blindingly obvious, but in a small garden, one big tall bright bold border or feature will shout and demand your attention. This is especially the case if you can add movement to the garden also. We watch things that move more than we watch things that don’t..

captivating isn’t it.?

Distraction Technique Number 3 – Make a place you can immerse yourself – entirely

If it is not possible to change the eyesore, perhaps because it is not in your garden or owned by you, then the next best option is immersion. Create a sanctuary area in the garden to retreat into but once ‘inside’ all your senses are activated.

It’s not just sight, you need to think about touch, taste, hearing and scent as well. Scent is probably one one the best distraction methods available. Smell evokes memories and to tap into our memories, we often close our eyes – so you then won’t be even looking at the unattractive parts of the garden.

Imaging sitting in a small trellis covered bench, with plants to eat, surrounded by scented foliage. Maybe just in front of you is a small wind sculpture spinning gently in the breeze or you have a butterfly feeding station – you will automatically become engaged and interested in what is around you.

All you need is one small space that is just for you, where the world is ‘outside’ and you are surrounded by the things that make you happy.

So it’s all about language, if we stop trying to ‘hide ugly features’ and instead think of ways distract ourselves – we open up a world of interesting options.

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A little book plug 😉

Now clearly we could write a book on garden design that will help you plan even the narrowest of gardens better – which is brilliant because there IS a book to help you

I Want to Like my Garden by Rachel McCartain available at Amazon and other online bookstores in eBook and Paperback

Get some more design ideas by looking at the gallery of gardens we have created.

Or Contact Rachel@plantplots.com – a little advice is always free.

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