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#1 of 2 Old 07-12-2003, 07:19 PM
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Giving Your Garden A Touch Of Home

by Rick Rouse

During the warm months we try to spend a great
deal of our leisure time outdoors. It's a good
idea to decorate your lawn and garden areas with
all the comforts of your home. A few nice touches
will provide your outdoor space with a feeling of
welcome and beauty!

Using color is a great way to add character to
your lawn and garden. You can pick an intense
color or use one of the lighter, less obtrusive
hues. A white fence or gate compliments your
bright, vibrant blooms and it doesn't even have
to lead to anything in particular. Just use a
short length of white picket fencing in the midst
of a beautiful wildflower garden to add visual
appeal and a country touch to your property. If
you have a porch or deck area, you can use
beautiful hand-made quilts or pillows with
bright, lively colors that match or contrast
with the colors of your flowers.

It's also fun to experiment with texture. Highlight
smooth surfaces with baskets. A patio table can be
accented with a basket of fruit or flowers. Rough
stepping-stones or walking areas add a rural touch
to an "in-town" flower garden. A swing on your
porch or in the midst of your garden can provide
relaxation and pleasure at the end of a stressful
day. You can sit and take in the sweet aromas and
beauty of the spring and summer seasons.

A gazebo accents a garden extremely well without
being too flashy or prominent. You can decorate
the gazebo with potted plants and metal ornaments.
If properly placed, you can sit in your gazebo
and take in the view of your entire garden!

Fun items such as ornamental butterflies, cast
iron frogs and turtles, angels, benches, and
birdbaths will lend a distinctive touch to any
outside area. These attractions will give visitors
the impression that you worked just as hard on the
accessories as on the garden itself.

An antique clawfoot bathtub makes an exceptional
water garden, birdbath, or fountain! Use a shower
head as a sprinkler and you'll have birds
flittering here and there. Place the tub in a
corner of your garden or near a fence covered
with ferns or ivy and you can have a breathtaking
waterfall in your garden.

If you decide to use inexpensive items (highly
recommended), they can be changed often and your
garden will always have a fresh look to it. Use
your imagination and show off your plants and
your artistic talent!

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Gerat article, I loved the ideas about accenting a garden patio with ornamental objects.

I enjoy decorating the outside of a home as well as the inside.
I took some notes for ideas to use for my huge patio in our new apartment we move into later this month.

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