The way I go about designing an outdoor space, or outdoor room, is much the same way I design an indoor room or space.
First there are the bones. Outside this means outdoor furniture such as seating, etc. In other words everything that isn’t a plant or tree. After all my “bones” are in place, I situate the plant containers.
I like to cluster them together just by eyeing what looks right with what. It’s more personal preference than anything else.
In a home, or my apartment, the bones would be the indoor furniture, then the lighting and then the decor.
Color is important in design. Indoors I go with mostly neutral furniture as a backdrop, then I add just a handful of colors. I like to spread those colors fairly evenly throughout my home. That gives the human eye a place to land.
It makes things appear cohesive and fluid.
Outside, I do the same thing. I space out the height of my plants according to the view I want above and around them. I choose the colors by sprinkling them throughout the space for the same reason I just cited.
This year I have added more blues to my outdoor space. I already had the blue raised bed and the old distressed blue rooster. Last year I added the blue birdbath. This year I added the blue fountain and two large blue pots.
If you only have a few things of one particular color, it’s best to spread them out evenly here and there within your space.
Along with my purples, yellows and white flowers, I added a few blue flowers this year as well. Same premise as above.
It’s taken me years to get all this figured out.
You build upon your own particular style as you go along, by trial and error. Element by element you figure out your own design methodology.
I’ve had most of the galvanized containers since I lived in Texas. I put them all together for the greatest impact. I also have galvanized buckets for use when working in my garden.
Then I added the two galvanized tubs hanging on the fence a few years ago.
These tubs add texture to the landscape. Among the frilly delicate flowers they become a rustic backdrop. The same goes for the distressed patina of the fence. It is kind of a balancing act when adding textures.
Now it’s fairly easy for me to determine what I need to add or what I need to subtract from the space.
I truly love my outdoor space. I love to sit inside and stare out at what I have created.
It is like a painting in some ways. The canvas is framed by the French doors from the inside and the privacy fence on the outside.
Your own design is determined by your personal preferences and the amount of space you have to work with.