Starting Over with an Outdoor Swing

Outdoor gardens can be a wonderful, peaceful place to relax and unwind or they can be a place that is overgrown or barren that you avoid. It all depends on the time and effort you put into designing a garden that gives you the kind of environment you can enjoy.

One of the best ways I have found to create an outdoor garden space that I love spending time in is by starting with one central item, such as an outdoor swing. Take this item and find the perfect place for it and then build the rest of the garden around it. Create a unified look based on that one item.

The large pieces you choose will have an important impact on the look and feel of your garden. Planning ahead will help you create a unified look that works as you add each new piece.

When you use a central item to begin your garden, you must choose it carefully and with thought. This will help you eliminate the possibility of designing a space that you end of hating and avoiding.

Take your time when you are buying garden furniture. Since this piece is going to be central to your garden, you want to select something you love and will enjoy using and looking at. As the central focus it should be comfortable and enduring. It may be difficult to find other pieces to go with it but if you take your time you will find them.

The first outdoor garden I designed was a disaster. I made the mistake of not planning ahead. I found furniture that I love when it was in the store. When I got it home and put it in my garden it was horrible. I hadn’t thought about what it would actually look like in my yard. Not only did I hate it, my entire family hated it.

You know how I solved the problem? I got rid of it and everything else in the garden! I decided I would just start over with a blank slate. I gave some stuff away and sold some online. It sounds drastic but it really worked! When I started over I purchased an outdoor swing that I fell in love with. I could visualize it in my garden. I knew it would be perfect and knew what I wanted the completed garden to look and feel like. I had a plan.

I still have that swing in my garden and it is still the central focus. Whenever I consider buying anything for the garden I think of the swing and decide if the new item will work with it. I ask myself if the item fits into my vision of the way I want my garden to look. This method has worked very well for me. My garden is a place I love to go and spend time.

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