Samantha and Ron’s Wisconsin home a few months ago, their garden wasn’t in full bloom. (That hardly seems fair to a landscape architect and a horticulturist.) Their outdoor space is now so inspiring—alternately peaceful, exotic, and energizing—that we’ve come back to see it in its lush prime. Samantha specializes in creating restorative gardens for healthcare facilities; Ron is an imaginative horticulturist with a nursery business adjacent to their home. But even non-professionals can learn from this couple's creative style.
- Earth: incorporate as much variety and lushness as you can in your vegetation, especially in a smaller space. Use boulders, stones, and large pots to elicit feelings of stability.
- Water: use even a small water feature. There are many free-standing styles available. Moving water is calming and brings feelings of abundance.
- Fire: yes, firepits are great, but don't forget to provide shade from fiery summer sun. Incorporating lanterns or lights to illuminate paths and points of interest can also have a positive impact.
- Air: breathe deep and take in the fresh air! You can make a summer breeze tangible through the use of hanging textiles. Ron likes to bring home fabrics from overseas travel; those colorful pieces often turn into exotic banners and flags.
- Space: use moveable furniture so you can create an intimate space or a more social one, depending on your needs. Try to carve out small niches or garden "rooms" to add privacy and peacefulness. If you have a smaller space, plant a strolling garden along the side of a house or garage.
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