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Whimsical Gardens: The New Maximalist Trend for Outdoor Spaces

July 28, 2023 at 10:10 PM PST
Garden Whimsical Garden Trend

Whimsical Gardens: The New Maximalist Trend for Outdoor Spaces

July 28, 2023 at 10:10 PM PST

You may be someone who doesn’t want the maximalist decor trend inside your home, and that’s ok. But that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the whimsical garden trend that is transforming outdoor spaces into dreamy and romantic retreats. In fact, creating a whimsical garden can be a fun and rewarding project for anyone who wants to add a touch of magic to their outdoor space.

The Whimsical Garden Trend Will Turn Your Outdoor Space Into Nirvana

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“A whimsical garden is about bringing the unexpected to an outdoor space,” explained Amy Hovis, principal designer at Eden Garden Design, to Better Homes & Gardens. “It’s fun to use objects, items, or design criteria that you’d normally expect to see inside a home. For example, select textiles, a lamp, a chandelier, a table, or add custom niches, or even a fireplace.”

Creating a whimsical garden is a great way to be creative without worrying about if you are overdoing it. “A whimsical garden is imaginative, creative, and maybe even a little chaotic at first glance,” says Aaron Green of Essential Home and Garden. “There’s no one way or set blueprint for a whimsical garden, and that’s what’s great about it.”

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Have a Focal Point

Start by selecting a central focal point, such as a whimsical fountain, an eye-catching sculpture, or a vibrant flower bed. From there, add layers of enchantment with garden decor, patterned textiles, and cozy seating areas.

Use an Array of Plants and Flowers

You can create a chaotic but serene garden that will hold the attention of any viewer no matter the size of your space. Use flowers and plants as a way to create the foundation of your garden. Look for flowers and plants that not only have different colors, but different textures and shapes, too. For example, dwarf plants, overly large-leaved plants, vines, succulents, and brightly colored flowers would all work perfectly. You should also allow your plants to grow in a natural and carefree manner, guiding them with a gentle touch rather than strict pruning.

Add the Right Accessories

Incorporating whimsical and unexpected elements is at the heart of this trend. From enchanting fairy lights and whimsical sculptures to quirky birdhouses and vintage planters, your garden will invite a sense of playfulness and imagination. Any unexpected art piece you can find can contribute to creating a playful atmosphere that is both welcoming and visually intriguing. Incorporating vintage or repurposed items can also add a touch of nostalgia and personality to the garden.

By embracing maximalism, vivid colors, unconventional elements, and a touch of natural chaos, you can strike a perfect balance between beauty and whimsy that is sure to be your new favorite place.



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