When you are holed up in suburbia or dense city living, your mind can't help but wander from time to time of what it would be like if you just threw in the towel and escaped to the blissfulness of the countryside. Fresh air, rolling hills and an expanse of green is good for the body and soul, but more often than not, our schedules and commitments prevent us from fulfilling this desire and urgency to jump ship. This article is designed to cater for those who hope for the latter, but can't call their current life quits—reasons aside. Whether you are graced with a plethora of land as your yard, or a small paved courtyard, it is possible to have the feeling of the countryside in your garden. Just follow a few of the tips outlined below:
If you have access to a wonderful plot of land such as this, a pond to contemplate your thoughts or grow some marine plant life is an undeniably stunning addition to any home— even on a varying scale of size. Adding a touch of drama and point of difference to this expanse of greenery, this large pond, complete with luscious lily pads, will have your guests and family members completely in awe. Designed by Paul Dracott Garden Design, as part of a project for a large country home, it fuses together traditional garden design with forward thinking modern techniques.
A cup of tea in the morning, afternoon and evening is an intrinsically British thing, especially when accompanied by a wonderful country setting such as this from Susie Watson Designs. Stereotypes aside, a cuppa in the garden is unbeatable when the blooms of early spring are blossoming and the birds are starting to return from their winter escape. This scene is achievable even in a small courtyard and balcony space, you just need to be prepared to lay off the hedge trimmers and let the plants grow. Country and cottage gardens are not typically manicured to the hilt, they are luscious and earthy and allow us to return to our roots even in the most built up and urban settings.
A curved steel archway is the epitome of romance and charm, and is too, a wonderful bonus to any chic country setting. This scene can be found attached to a Manor House with work completed by IJLA. The neatly arranged row of roses at the base of the arches is dreamy and exciting, and would make for the perfect open canopy to an outdoor setting or tea party. Just imagine hosting a dinner here underneath a blanket of stars; it would be sheer bliss.
For those who want to inject some ambience into their outdoor area, this can be achieved to great effect by the installation of a water feature. The gentle trickle of water not only has a calming effect on our bodies, but when illuminated at night, looks impressive and lively. In this example from Water Garden Ltd, we can see the natural formation of a weeping willow tree transformed in bronze into an earthy and nature inspired piece—a great addition to suit a style of garden that is organic and pure.
To finish, for those who want to see the rolling landscape of the country before them uninterrupted, a simple patch of grass speaks in volumes for itself. Whether you want to lay down a blanket and have a picnic, or allow the scenery to take centre stage, the view of an endless countryside is soul satisfying and heart-warming. The landscaping of this particular garden was completed by Baca Homes. As you can see, it ingrates and blends perfectly with the setting in a subtle and subdued manner.
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