First of all, it’s important to understand the notion of a rustic garden. In this modern world, having a rustic garden means to create an authentic garden that’s natural in style. Many gardeners tend to achieve that look of their gardens, and some of them do it through vintage garden furniture, various DIY projects and reused wood. Whatever the means they use, the goal is the same – to create a cozy and casual garden that looks like you haven’t spent a lot of money, but still has a unique charm that pleases anybody who enters it. No fake glamor, just simple natural beauties packed in one place.
If you are thinking of creating a rustic garden or you want to upgrade and refresh your existing one, here are a couple of tips for you then:
1. Allow overgrown plants
In case you are starting your rustic garden from scratch, this is one of the most important things to have in mind. This type of garden needs to create an impression of low-maintenance, which means you have to be a bit relaxed when it comes to pruning and controlling the growth of your plants. If you are a beginner, opt for fast-growing plants to get the results faster. If you go too far with pruning, you will either have bold spots in the garden or it will seem all too neat. Only use planters for achieving some form of organization. That’s how you can change the look of the garden quickly only by relocating certain pots.
2. Country-style fencing
Everybody feels instantly relaxed when they think of a garden framed with a white wooden fence, don’t you think so? Not only that a rustic hardwood fence will give the garden the look it needs, but it will also last for years to come. You can attach the wooden stakes by a twisted wire or a taut. You can get tree trimming from a sustainable forest that’s free of pesticides so that you don’t harm the environment. You can leave the fence in its natural color or paint it in a pastel color to blend with the colors inside the garden.
3. Vintage bicycle garden planter
Some big decorations in the garden can add to the rustic feeling instantly. Look for a vintage bicycle, either in a thrift store or ask around in the neighborhood – somebody could still have it. You can use any type of bike and make them look rusty with a coat of sprain in chartreuse. You can use this unique detail to add liveliness and originality to common flowers like petunias if you hang them on a vintage bike and place it somewhere where it attracts attention.
4. Log slice garden path
You can lead the visitors around your garden by a log slice path. Natural wood everywhere is one of the essentials of a rustic garden. This is a simple DIY project which you can do in two days. First, remove any sod and level the area for the path with a rake. Cut log slices with a band saw and start with placing the bigger slices first. They have to space in such a way that they allow easy stepping. Finally, fill the rest of the space with smaller slices. Fill the voids with sand and step over it a couple of times to create a smooth path.
5. Use the branches and twigs
Many climbing plants and vines can have different purposes. You can use them to create a green wall to completely hide from the outside world. Just make sure you find big pots or plant them somewhere where they can get just the right amount of sun they need to really thrive and serve their purpose. It’s also important to water them abundantly, so be sure to get the right watering equipment. Many companies dealing with gardening equipment like Hoselink cover all the possible needs you may have for your specific garden. Best climbers you can plant are roses, clematis and sweet pea. On the other hand, willow twigs and branches can be woven into different garden projects to cover certain areas and give them that rustic touch.
6. Vintage garden wagon
This item may be somewhat difficult to find but it’s worth the trouble. It fits perfectly into the rustic style, reminding us of the simpler times long past. You can fill the wagon with either flowers or herbs but also with pumpkins when the times comes. You can choose to change the plants inside it with the change of the season so that it symbolizes the current season through the seasonal plants and decorations.
7. Help the wildlife
A rustic garden won’t be complete without at least one birdbath or a bird feeder. You can even add an insect hotel to help the beneficial creatures of the garden. You can choose whether to create your own bird feeders or to buy ready-made ones. Stag beetles and centipedes like dead wood, so fill the gaps with it. Dried leaves and straw will be a home for invertebrates and frogs. A rustic garden is a garden that doesn’t shy away from other forms of life – it embraces any species that are there to simply enjoy, so don’t fight nature. That sorts of beats the meaning of owning a rustic garden.
8. Be creative with containers
Besides the large items such as a vintage bike, you can use almost whatever you want as a container. Consider zinc buckets, wooden crates and tin cans or even an old pair of boots. Just don’t forget to make drainage holes at the bottom and add the right compost. You can make a cute collection of similar containers at one place or you can scatter them freely around the garden.
A rustic garden takes some time to be created. However, you should enjoy every step of the way. After all, the journey is equally important as the destination.