Livening Up Your Garden In No Time

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Marleny Hucks
Marleny Hucks
Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

Are you worried about a dull garden? If you wish to have a lively and beautiful garden, there is no harm in taking extra steps to achieve this. We can all enjoy a garden wonderland if we know the right measures. Using this guide, you can find the best tips for livening up your garden.

Feeding the grass and plants with the right herbicides

There are different types of pre-emergent herbicides. Knowing the differences will enable you to enjoy the liveliest garden. Feeding the grass and plants properly will help them thrive, and you’ll have the most beautiful garden in no time.

Add more plants for color

A simple garden idea to liven things up is to add more plants. One of the easiest ways to liven up your garden is to add some colorful plants and flowers. Choose flowering plants, shrubs, and perennials of all shapes, sizes, and textures to add interest and diversity to the garden. Think about mixing annuals—plants that can be used over one season for bold color bursts – with perennials—plants that come back year after year.

Layers and depth

Layering adds depth and creates interest in your garden. Again, it’s all about scale: you don’t want tall plants towering over your shorter ones. Even within a bed, you’ll want perennials that have varied heights. Place your tallest plants in the back, your shortest up front, and filler plants in between. This kind of layering adds interesting structure to your garden for large beds.

Garden containers

Garden containers are very versatile and can be placed anywhere in a garden. They can also be used to add splashes of color. Use different containers, such as pots, planters, window boxes, and hanging baskets. Experiment with color, texture, and height. You’ll also notice that your garden is more organized, allowing you to maintain it easier. Staying organized is going to encourage you to spend more time in your garden.

Charm with accents

Add charm and personality to your garden by incorporating decorative accents and accessories. Such decorative accessories can give your garden a finished look. You can easily define the appeal of your garden by adding artful touches here and there. How about garden statues, sculptures, bird feeders, bird baths, wind chimes, lanterns, potted plants, planters, trellises, decorative stepping stones, etc.? Use decorations that reflect your preferences and personality while complementing the existing garden theme.

Focal points

Every good garden design has focal points. A focal point is something that draws the eye to something. Some great examples are container water gardens, birdbaths, benches, pergolas, trellis, or boulders. Your focal point should add character, beauty, or function to your garden. One thing to remember is to try to place your focal point in such a way that it will add balance to the scene. You won’t want it to stand out too much, as it’ll make it obvious. You want it to be subtle, as this will make your outside space look timeless and elevated. 

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