5 Things That Make Your Garden Look Professional
So, you’re not a garden decor guru. No problem! You can still give your green space an expert look and feel, if you borrow inspiration from those who do it best, like New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). It’s a green paradise with a million plants across 250 acres, and it features a few key decorative fixtures. All of which you can have. These are the five things you need to give your space that professional NYBG look.
1. A really nice bench
Take a stroll around NYBG—and just about any park or garden worth a gander—and you’re guaranteed to see the ubiquitous outdoor bench. It’s classic and practical, which is why you should consider it. Choose one with built-in storage for more functionality. Stash outdoor pillows and throw blankets inside—because you should be able to snuggle on a bench.
2. A fountain
Some of NYBG’s most striking sites are its fountains, which range from grand, architectural features with stone statues (like this one shown above outside the LuEsther T. Mertz Library) to modern-looking infinity pools. All of them are stunning–yours can be, too. Go for a free-standing fountain or birdbath in a style you like, such as traditional, Zen, or industrial. Try to keep the look cohesive with your bench.
3. A sundial
In the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden you’ll see an armillary sphere–a sundial used by astronomers in ancient Greece and China. What was once a scientific tool is now an artful focal point in many English-style gardens. Place your sundial on a garden pedestal to make a statement. Or instead of mimicking the exact replica, choose any sundial that speaks to you.
4. Lots of planters
Walk through the clipped boxwood paths of the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden, and you’ll smell fragrant sage, rosemary, and lemon balm in gorgeous garden beds. Your solution: Planters. Grow herbs like lavender, basil, and thyme in pretty planters on your front steps or patio—because that’s a thing. Or just put out the planters as decor without anything in them.
The Victorian-style Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a jewel box of tropical rain forest species, cactus desert plants, and palms from around the world encapsulated under a glass dome. Use a terrarium as a centerpiece on an outdoor table. Bring the concept into your home by choosing a coffee or console table that includes a built-in terrarium. Fill it with your favorite succulents for a spin on indoor-outdoor décor. Garden goals achieved.