This planter was set for winter with Boxwood and lovely Heuchera for winter interest. Then my bunnies got to it! They ate the Heuchera down to soil level leaving the planter looking really sad.
After looking at the bare soil for a few weeks I got tired of seeing it look so sad. I didn’t want to add more plants since I hope the Heuchera will come back next spring. Insead I filled the while planter with greens. They’re from my garden or the forest so this arrangement cost me a total of $2 (for the red ornaments).
Hydrangea ’Limelight’ really glows, especially during dusk. The blooms shine even more when planted against a dark boxwood hedge. There, they create the most beautiful focal point.
Small gardens in particular need something that directs the eye to the furthest part of the garden: a strong focal point that adds depth. It could be a tree, or a shrub. Or perhaps some furniture, a pretty container, or some other garden decoration.
How to choose your focal point
Here are a few things you should think about when choosing a focal point for a small garden.
To not disappear into the surroundings, a focal point needs a background. It can be a hedge, a wall or a group of shrubs of the same kind. To not blend into one another, make sure the colors of the background contrast the focal point. Bright blooms against a dark background never disappoint!
Go for big rather than small. A good size shrub or small tree makes e a bigger impact than a few perennials. Then again, a proper group of perennials with some height makes for a beautiful focal point.
Make sure your focal point has a long peak period. You want it to last for the most part of the season.
Large object make the space look bigger – small objects do the opposite It might seem odd, but one big container, shrub or tree makes an area appear bigger while many smaller objects do the opposite, especially if spread out. Use large raised beds to make a small garden appear bigger.