3 Ways to Add Personality to Your Garden

How you decorate your home reflects who you are — your garden is no exception. If your back and front yards aren’t showcasing your individuality as much as you’d like, make a plan to change that. Need a little inspiration to get you started? Here are 3 ways to add personality to your garden.

3 Ways to Add Personality to Your Garden

3 Ways to Add Personality to Your Garden

1. Add Surprises

Flowers and greenery are the bulk of a garden, but consider adding hints of personality amongst all the foliage. You can do this with all kinds of items, which reflect who you are.

If you like ceramics, consider adding bowls and other pottery in and around the garden plot. They can be used as planters or simply be nestled into the dirt, adding a dash of color and texture.

If you’re an art lover, opt to include a sculpture or statue as they bring the art gallery into the garden. You can use stone, clay or metal pieces, which react with the elements as well as create places for plants to crawl.

If you have a sense of humor and want your garden to as well, try adding toys around your plants, such as plastic dinosaurs that can roam the jungle.

2. Add a Theme

If you’ve traveled abroad and want to bring that exotic locale back with you, consider building your garden around a theme. Maybe you want to create an Asian-influenced green space or Mediterranean feel to your yard. You can accomplish this by adding cultural design elements.

Consider using principles of Feng Shui in your landscaping to bring the aesthetic of the Far East to your courtyard. This means combining minimalist features to accentuate the land while harmonizing with the natural elements.

Japanese garden in Monte Carlo, Monaco

To bring the Mediterranean palate to your garden, consider making space for common Mediterranean plants including sage, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Also install the red-toned terra cotta brick as walkways or patios.

3. Add Homey Elements

If you like to host friends, let your garden showcase your entertaining interest and help you at the same time. Install lights throughout your garden. You can even choose solar-powered fixtures, which don’t need to be turned on or off. You can also hang a string of lights across your patio or deck to illuminate your seating area and extend your living space outside of your house’s walls.

Add comfy furniture to the yard to invite guests to take a seat and stay awhile. You can add a rustic wool rug that can stand up to weather to soften the wood or stone of your patio surface.

Add a mirror to your garden to make the space feel bigger than it is. This will create a feeling of airiness and space for your guests to relax in.

Final Thoughts

Your house is your sanctuary — by extension, your garden is as well. Don’t overlook the opportunity to boost your comfort in your yard and garden by adding your personality. Be sure to spend the time and energy to personalize your outdoor space. It will help to make your house a home.


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Bobbi Peterson loves writing and regularly posts on her blog Living Life Green. She’s also a freelance writer, green living advocate and environmentalist. You can find more from Bobbi on Twitter.

Author: Bobbi Peterson

Bobbi Peterson loves writing and regularly posts on her blog Living Life Green. She’s also a freelance writer, green living advocate and environmentalist. You can find more from Bobbi on Twitter.

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  1. I love the idea of having fun little surprises throughout the garden! It definitely adds a lot of character and pizzazz! Thanks so much for the pointers!

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    • Thanks for your comment Morgan. Having a unique garden is a great way to express yourself. There are so many great ways to add personality to your garden. 🙂

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  2. These are great suggestions. What would you recommend for someone who has the opposite of a green thumb? I’m great with diy in the house and can do loads with the baby’s nursery but plants are not my thing. Any help?

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    • My suggestion is to choose plants that are native to your area. It’s also a good idea to start with plants in a pot. Be sure to know if the plants need sun or shade and place the pots/planters accordingly. Start with a good, organic potting soil and compost (if possible). You’ll be amazed at how quickly the plants will grow and thrive and you’ll all of a sudden realize you really do have a green thumb. I think people go wrong when they just choose plants they thing are pretty. The environment has to be right for the plant. Best of luck to you! 🙂

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  3. I can’t wait to do this. My back yard is a disaster. We are getting landscaping estimates now. I particularly like the little surprises idea.

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  4. Your comments about adding a mirror, as well as others, are good insights. The reflective nature of the mirror will make the space appear bigger and create an increased sense of airiness for people who enter the garden.

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    • You’re so right Christina. The mirror idea is unique and inspiring!

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