How to create a focal point in your garden

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How to create a focal point in your garden

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There are a few different ways to draw attention and highlight certain areas in your garden. We’ll show you some different styles to consider, such as shaped hedges, water features, plants, statues or even garden furniture.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Plan where to put your focal points
2 Create a water features
3 Plants and trees as a natural focal point
4 Make a statement with art
5 Get the kids involved
6 Consider your line of sight
  • Step 1. Plan where to put your focal points

    Start by planning where the focal points in your garden will be located. It helps to draw a simple sketch of your garden. Then think about what types of focal points you would like – natural features, statues or even a plant. A good tip when designing and planning out your garden, less is often more.

  • Step 2. Create a water features

    A water feature or pond can add a calming influence to your garden. They can also attract wildlife such as birds and ducks into your garden and look great at night with the right lighting.

  • Step 3. Plants and trees as a natural focal point

    You can use different plants to create a focal point in your garden. A manicured hedge or a topiary ball can instantly stand out in your backyard. Placing an evergreen within a group of deciduous plants will also create a feature. If you have lots of small shrubs or plants in your garden, a large tree between them can be a striking contrast.

  • Step 4. Make a statement with art

    Garden statues or sculptures can be effective feature in a garden. Natural materials such as metal, stone and wood can add a real point of interest in your garden. Even a park bench in the right spot can tie the garden together. You could even try grouping different materials and textures together to really make a statement. 

  • Step 5. Get the kids involved

    Getting the kids to help create a focal point in the garden is a great way to keep them active and interested in gardening. Fun things to make include painting stones to look like ladybugs or carving a face into a tree.

  • Step 6. Consider your line of sight

    A focal point doesn’t have to be located in the centre of your garden. Consider the views from different points in your garden. You might place a focal point somewhere out of sight, such as at the end of a garden path for a great effect.

Tools and Materials

Materials

  • Garden furniture
  • Hedges
  • Plants
  • Water features
  • Statue
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