[The Garden] Not So Secret

April 25, 2013 in Beauty, Life

Spring is here. As rejuvenating, refreshing and renewing as it may be- with Spring comes a whole new list of things to do. Cleaning the house, changing the linens, opening the pool… do the kids have rain gear? You know you need to get to the garden but you just don’t have the time let alone the energy or a big budget. Listen- it doesn’t need to be complicated, elaborate, or glamorous. Follow these tips to revive your tired looking garden- on a budget and in your schedule.


  • Find a window of time on Saturday or Sunday and write it into your agenda
  • Schedule the time you plan on going to the nursery
  • Choose your theme: Peruse your local hardware store website, or home decor magazine


  • Survey your space. Choose the space your are going to makeover- Condo balcony? Front porch? Garden bed by the deck? Selecting a specific space to focus on will make a greater statement as opposed to just haphazardly plopping planters around the yard.


  • Herbs? Blooms? Determine your style for this season. Read up on what it takes to grow potted herbs or the weather which petunias thrive in.

Colour Theory

  • Colour is a great way to create impact and to have the Jones’ trying to keep up with you. Decide which of these three harmonies you will be sticking to this season.
  • Complementary: Remember a colour wheel? Complementary colours are those that stand opposite each other on the wheel like Blue and Red.
  • Monochromatic: Using several hues, tints or shades of the same colour. An example would be mint blue, robins egg blue, baby blue, royal blue in a single bed.
  • Polychromatic: Using several seemingly random colours in the same space.
  • No Colour: An all white garden helps reflect light making it extremely eyecatching yet it still stands bold in the evening


  • Recycle old containers or planters by giving them a simply face lift. Give the kids a chance to get messy and let them paint the containers in colours that match your theme.

Journal It

  • Take a photo of your completed garden and include the kids. Caption the photo with the names of your flowers and herbs or write down what you liked or didn’t like. Having something to look back on will provide inspiration for the next year’s garden and pretty soon you’ll have a photo journal of your garden every season with your children.


  • Put a stool or chair in your new space and enjoy it with a magazine or a cup of tea. No sense is devoting your time to something you never step foot in. Gardens aren’t meant to be admired from the window. The Romantic era tells us gardens were carefully tailored to express nature’s inherent beauty; they were picturesque, sublime, romantic and the epitome of good taste. A garden was a piece of art and was a place for conversation and inspiration which could only be utilized by experiencing it first hand.

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