Watch out for bugs. It’s a simple fact that most lighting tends to attract bugs at night. When pests are a real concern, it’s important to carefully position landscape lighting to ensure bugs aren’t attracted too close to where people congregate. It doesn’t do any good to spend a lot of time creating a beautiful landscape and adding lighting if no one can enjoy it!

We have an idea of what it means to be in right relationships with each other. What does it mean to be in right relationships with the rest of creation, upon which we depend for everything? What can the garden teach us about relationships – with the Earth and with each other? What if we look to the rooted and multi-legged beings as a model for cooperation and the miracle of God’s creation? Join Angela Herrmann on a journey into the garden to witness the mostly unnoticed events that happen every day. Take time to reflect on a place in creation. Learn how we can make changes in our gardens that foster cooperation.

In a good design, everything links together and functions as one whole entity. So if one part has to change, it has a knock-on effect to everything else in the garden. It’s a bit like having jigsaw pieces that don’t quite fit – it will never work!

Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!

Before you set out to hire a professional you must layout your objectives. Do you want a fancy or a simple landscape design? Would you like to have any extra installations; a water fountain, solar lights etc? Your design plan will be laid out following these elements; therefore, be very clear with the project designer what extra items you want.

So what could you do to make your gardens more exciting? Here are a few items and features that you could use to make this space a bit more memorable.

A plant’s shape, texture, and color play a critical role in any garden design. While the color of a plant’s flower may be its most obvious feature, remember that a flower often is a fleeting thing in a garden. Thus, consider the color and texture of the leaves as well as the blooms. By using plants with different shapes, textures, and colors, you will add visual interest and definition to the landscape.

As for my experience, it’s very important to put the rocks together by sizes – the small separately from the larger. I buried my large stones in the ground when needed to put them near the smallest. This made them look planted as if this where they really should be, not just where they got fall down.