Art and fashion are two terms that people don’t often think are entirely synonymous, and they aren’t all the time, but the fact is sometimes art can be quite fashionable. To hang trendy pieces of art around one’s home can be a statement that defines you. Fashion isn’t limited merely to the clothes that you wear or the style of your hair, but everything that’s incorporated into your life. Anything that reflects your tastes is your fashion, and around the home there are hundreds of opportunities to express yourself. One of these, one very common one, is the design, layout and style of your garden.
A garden isn’t all flowers, either. The things that make up the garden all contribute to its overall feel. A lawn gnome, for example, was a fashion icon of gardens in the ‘70s. Used now, however, it’s considered ironic and retro, creating an intentionally tacky feel. Yet if used properly it can also seem trendy and clever. The exact placement of the gnome, the position in the garden, which way he’s facing, what’s around him, all of these things come together to combine with the piece itself to create the context, and set the feel for the decoration.
The same goes for structures and larger bits of a garden. Greenhouses, for example, are large homes for certain types of plants, but they don’t all have to be uniform. Nothing says that a greenhouse must be sheets of plastic. Glass and lean to greenhouses are quite trendy and can look very nice, especially if you plant the right plants around them, such as perhaps a vine, or a shrub, depending on the size and space available. Furthermore once the initial greenhouse is installed there’s nothing saying it can’t be decorated itself. A bit of creative woodwork can turn the greenhouse into a cottage, while still remaining functional, creating almost a rustic feel to the garden.
Too often people focus on specific generalizations for gardens. A garden doesn’t need to be surrounded by rocks or a white picket fence, or built in a specific alcove. When you look at your garden there’s no telling what you are capable of making, but one thing is for absolute certain: whatever you do for the garden will reflect upon your creativity and your sense of fashion, it will become an art piece and you the artist, so exercise a little imagination.