Secret Garden Ideas
I love, love, love your secret garden. The layout and the plants you picked are so pretty. and I think the key is a gem. I haven’t read the directions for your moss art, but I will. It’s lovely. I don’t have a place for a ‘secret’ garden, because I live in a subdivision that doesn’t allow fences, but I have island gardens that are each themed…fairy garden, rock garden, heather garden with miniature evergreens, English garden, rose garden. Anyway, yours is just enchanting.
Secret Garden Ideas
Plant shrubs, vines and flowers for birds, to give them a place to make nests and raise their young. Add a flowering fruit tree or shrub. Cherries, dogwoods, bayberries and crabapples offer food for cardinals, mockingbirds and other kinds of wildlife. Imitate Mary’s garden by planting cottage flowers like snapdragons, delphiniums, larkspurs and poppies. Pansies are pretty in early spring or fall, when the weather is cooler. Grow some plants for fragrance. The more enclosed your garden spot, the more you’ll notice their perfumes. Mignonettes, lilacs, hyacinths, dianthus, sweet peas, lily of the valley, gardenias, nicotiana, lavender, magnolias and heliotropes have rich perfumes. Oriental lilies and many petunias smell sweet after dark. If you really want a garden like Mary’s, grow so called “old garden” or antique roses. ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ is an old favorite with cerise-pink blooms and a spicy, clove-like scent. ‘Cecile Brunner’ sometimes called the sweetheart rose, is another pink beauty with a peppery-spicy fragrance. It’s a rose your grandmother might have grown. One source to try for old-garden roses is Heirloom Roses. Plant Buddleia and daylilies for butterflies. In the fall, let some of your flowers go to seed. Goldfinches love the dried seed heads of flowers like echinacea, also known as coneflowers. Many other birds will visit to feast on seeds as the temperatures drop and their natural food sources decline. Lure hummingbirds with red salvia, coral vine, trumpet honeysuckle, rose of Sharon, columbines, fuchsias and bee balm. (Check here to be sure your plants aren’t listed as invasive or noxious in your area.) Add a birdbath or a shallow pond, so wildlife can drink and bathe. Don’t forget a comfortable chair or bench, so you can sit and spend time in your little sanctuary garden. It’s nice to add a small wrought-iron table and a couple of chairs if you want to have visitors over for afternoon tea or brunch. Finally, don’t work too hard on your garden, so that it feels formal or overly tidy. It will feel more like a place to be discovered and explored when the plants look as if they grew pretty much on their own. Besides, a casual, relaxed look will give you a sense of serenity and being part of nature—and that’s what a secret garden is really all about.
Secret Garden Ideas
Everyone of us sometimes need to spend a time with himself. And everyone of us need to have some place where he/she could be alone and spend the time just like he/she wants! Am i right? The right place for relaxing and enjoying time is a secret garden in your yard or garden. If you still don’t have one, it is time to make one for you. And below you can see 15 secret garden ideas, which will show how wonderful is to have the one just for you!
Secret Garden Ideas
Hi Stacy! I love your “secret” garden. I found you through Pinterest, so it’s certainly not a secret anymore. I love all of your ideas and I will be stealing the key one . I started a video blog , if you go to my Pinterest Videos board or Screendoorgirl 3 on You Tube , check out my Fire Pit and Side Garden Tour. Hopefully I will have found and added my key by then. Do you recall the paint color of your gate? I want to paint my shed door a color like that. I share your love of moss and my next project is to fill a large crack in my driveway with it. Hope it works! Thanks for sharing ! My name is Jodi…..
Secret Garden Ideas
Thanks so much for sharing your lovely garden. I finally found my secret garden key at Hobby Lobby. ($3.99 with 40% off!) . Anyway, your blog and secret garden are a lovely inspiration for me after this New Jersey winter! Thanks, and come on, Spring!!
You can guess what happens next. Mary is spellbound by the tangled roses and other untended flowers she finds, and she talks her uncle’s gardener and a young friend into helping her restore the garden. Then the magic happens. Mary changes the garden. She digs and pulls weeds, sows seeds and plants bulbs, and eventually, she’s changed, too, becoming a different, happy, loveable girl. The garden wakes up as it’s filled with color, fragrance and bird song. Gardens work that kind of magic on most of us. Even if you don’t have a secret garden to tend, you can make your own magic by creating a sanctuary like Mary’s. First, pick a planting spot that gives you a bit of a hideaway. Lucky you, if you have a spot that feels like a real garden “room.” But if you don’t, look around to see if you have a group or row of trees or shrubs that could give you a sense of being in a special place. A wall or fence, even if it’s only on one side, can also work. So can an arbor draped with wisteria or other vines. You can even set off a spot with a couple of trellises, sections of wooden fencing, or flea market gates.
This is just amazing!! I love what you’ve done. Some of my favorite books were the Secret Garden, The Little Princess and Mandy when I was a kid. I always wanted a secret garden, yours is awesome! Love the touch the vintage key adds (even if it is from Hobby Lobby!)
A flagstone path leading to the secret garden will complete the feeling that you are actually entering a separate place, but to really make you feel as if you have your own special outdoor room, you might invest in a gate or a trellis. For the trellis, or for the sides of the gate, any climbing flower will work, such as morning glories, honeysuckle, or sweet peas. Add a couple of chairs or a wrought-iron bench, and your secret garden is ready for visitors–but only if you invite them in.
My bookshelf is probably like yours. It’s packed with books about special plants like roses, hydrangeas, and daylilies, and titles that cover the how-tos of gardening, from xeriscaping to planting in small spaces. Squeezed in between all the non-fiction books is a favorite from my childhood: Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. It’s a classic novel about an unlikeable little girl who can’t get along with anybody after her parents die and she’s sent to England to live with her uncle. She’s lonely and miserable until she discovers a neglected garden behind a locked, ivy-covered wall.
Hi there! Lovely, charming personal secret space. Love the white and green. Really digging the moss art. WOW! I have one suggestion for the garden tools – mailbox. They are not the cheapest thing in the hardware store (I was sorry to find out), but they do keep out the weather and most bugs. A mailbox would keep your garden gloves and tools dry if you forget to pull them inside before rainstorms.
Dear Stacy, Separated at birth — for sure. Favorite book? Mandy (in fact, last year I splurged and ordered an old copy with the beautiful watercolor cover on ebay), of course. Julie Edwards is Julie Andrews — you knew, right? Pretty sure a star today writing a book would make MUCH bigger waves. My next fave is definitely The Secret Garden, as much for the Tasha Tudor artwork my book had as for the story itself. And, obviously, the garden is beautiful. LOVE the mirror, it so makes it a real room!
Adding a rocky landscape can help encourage the feeling of the secret garden, making it feel more enclosed. You can hire a couple of older kids to truck in rocks from the woods in a wheelbarrow, or, if this isn’t possible, you can buy rocks at a nursery or garden supply story. You want them to be big enough–about 8 inches round–so that the plantings will be able to climb over them.
4 Of 13 Garden at Elm Tree: Chicago, ILThis stately piece of land, which is now entirely filled with spring flowering bulbs, has undergone extensive renovation since 2006. By 2016, it will also have a rose garden and outdoor fireplace.Read more about the Garden at Elm Tree here » Courtesy of the Garden Conservancy
7 Of 13 Garden of Jane Garmey: West Cornwall, CTCenturies old sugar maples block the view of this dramatic garden from the road. If you’re lucky enough to get inside, you’ll find a birdhouse village and a home that dates back to 1827.Read more about Jane Garmey’s garden here » Courtesy of the Garden Conservancy