Celebrate Mother’s Day by giving yours the finishing touch for the garden – a focal point that shouts creativity and individuality.
Are you still looking for a perfect gift for mom for Mother’s Day? Why not consider a plant or ornament to provide a finishing touch to her garden?
to create drama, draw the eye and add a personal touch. Focal points can be small and simple or extravagant and sophisticated. Either is
effective, as long as you consider the size and theme of the garden. One or two focal points can be successful in a smaller garden but in larger gardens, the various sections need their own features.
pathway, particularly one leading to the front door; around a corner; in a garden bed close to the patio or at the end of a pathway.
the object stand out.
features. Modern gardeners are thinking outside the box and choosing unique objects that shout creativity and individuality.
Focal points can be practical and functional or they can be quirky and fun. A focal point like a birdbath, garden bench or pergola provides a practical purpose in the garden. Focal points can also be used to disguise an unsightly wall, pool pump or unwanted view.
the quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma), tree aloe (Aloe barberae), cycads or tree ferns. Trees can also provide a privacy screen or windbreak.
A succulent topiary provides a water wise and attractive living focal point. Wire mesh is crafted into the desired shape. A coir liner
is placed inside the frame and filled with potting soil. Succulents are planted through the liner. Completed topiaries can be suspended from a tall tree or patio roof, wall-mounted for vertical interest or placed in a sunny garden bed. Bonsai in pots bring artistic flair
to the garden. For an inexpensive and changing focal point, consider pots of colourful annuals.
and branches; driftwood or bamboo can be arranged naturally to form an interesting and eye-catching focal point. Insects make their homes in stumps and logs, providing free natural pest control and food for insect-eating birds in your garden. Gabion baskets filled with rocks or pebbles can be used as a standalone focal point or be used as an attractive retaining wall.
placed close to the home or on the patio as a stunning focal point with a practical and healthy purpose.
planted with a combination of two or three flowering climbers, they can be eye-catching. Choose climbers according to their flowering
season. As the seasons change, the space transforms.
of fun into the garden with colourful planters, game “boards” and vibrant ornaments. Think whimsical, magical and childlike. Turn a concrete stepping stone into a garden noughts and crosses game with a little craft paint and “noughts” and “crosses” of your choice – perhaps stones and shells or playful bug or butterfly-painted rocks.