2012 has given us one of the most spectacular springs that I can remember. We had such a mild March and once the blooms were full, April and May has been cooler making all of our perennials and flowering bushes last a long time.
Each year I plan to add to my garden and think about how to incorporate some “garden art” to make it much more interesting and dramatic while not fussing. Having small gardens is a real plus for me since I work full time and often on weekends with the many special events we hold in the Glasstown Arts District. Some of my inspiration for putting art in my gardens comes from the Village on High which is a cluster of cottage for working studio artists, gallery space, unique shops and a terrific café.
This charming setting is enhanced by the beautiful flower beds filled with varieties of plants and flowers that begin blooming by the first of March and continue into the late autumn. Over the years objects of art have been added, particularly metal sculpture. Whether the metal is painted aluminum or untreated iron, the sculptures will look great over the years. Oxidation will create rust on some of the metals, yet they still look good and are often whimsical.
I like to use a variety of urns and pottery pieces on my patio and have a container garden. This works well in limited space especially if you are in a condo, townhouse or retirement community. To save money, look around for discarded pots. They might look new if you just apply some paint! Visit some yard sales and you are bound to find great bargains for your plants.
An herb garden is also an added visual and sensual treat in your garden. Mine are planted in a variety of large and medium size pots. My chives come up every year in a beautiful rectangular urn I have on a brick wall. When they create their own beautiful lavender flowers, I can appreciate the plant in two different ways.
Many of us like to add a garden flag or two. They are simple and easy to replace when the sun bleaches them out. If you like figurines go ahead and enjoy but place them sparingly in the garden not to detract from the plantings.
Lastly, let your garden inspire you. There are many objects of art you can create which will enhance the beauty around you. A small mosaic table or chair will be of service when you entertain outdoors. Collecting rocks and placing them in the garden beds often look terrific. Remember, there is nothing to stop your own creativity and you’ll enjoy your outdoor time much more!
We invite you to explore the galleries and shops of the Glasstown Arts District to help you find your “look.” Several new shops have recently opened that carry home décor, art, antiques and vintage items. Check our online directory of businesses at www.GlasstownArtsDistrict.com. or download our free smart phone app: MillvilleApp.com.
Marianne Lods is the Executive Director and Certified Main Street Manager of the Millville Development Corp., Main Street Millville and Glasstown Arts District.