Create a garden which is packed with character and accessories, yet does not look messy or cluttered. How? By using the rule of 3 to group plants and objects! This is a secret weapon used by many designers, and it is based on one simple rule- when you are planting, buying pots or even thinking about which materials to use in your garden stick to using groups of three.
Take three large pots and plant identical plants in each one. Opt for strong architectural plants such as three phormiums, with their long, sword like leaves to make a real statement!
Even when planting in the ground, stick to the magic number of three. This will ensure that beds and borders do not look too rigid and formal.
Hard landscaping is not excluded from the power of three. When laying paving and walling products try and think about using three materials, such as Flagstones for your patio, pavers or setts for your pathways and borders and walling to provide a variation of height to the garden.
It is easy to get distracted with the magic of colour that a trip to the garden centre will have. Try sticking to three main colours for planting.
If you like collecting garden ornaments consider buying them in threes. Items such as garden sculptures and arty objects should be grouped together with varying heights to add interest and draw the eye to a particular focal point.
Inspirational ideas for your garden.
Country Cobble paving in Killyleagh with TerraPave flags in Rimini Ground and Mile Stone kerbing in Slate
Mile Stone in Slate (with TerraPave flags in Rimini Ground and Plaza paving in Silver with Slate edging)
Building our first home was made so much easier by the expert advice and support giving by AG
Mr Paul Pringle, Bangor