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How to create the perfect garden

I promised you two things in my last post, namely to tell you who the winner of the give-away is, and how you can get a beautiful garden, with help from enamel signs and other things. I’ve decided to make two posts, two make it easier to find the right information. Let’s start with the gardening post, ok?

There are many things you can do to make the garden more beautiful and inspiring, and it doesn’t matter too much if you live in a house with a small garden or a real big one, there are plenty of things to do anyhow, and I’ve decided to make a list for you.


  • There are hundreds of ways to create a cozy place in the garden, but I really like the idea of making rooms in the garden, and you can have a ”room” even if you’ve got a small garden. Plant the flowers in a square, with room for a bench to sit on in the middle. Want to make it even cosier? Place a tree beside the bench so that you can relax there when the sun gets to hot in the summer.
  • The best way to continue is to kill the grass in the area where you plan to plant flowers. Use herbicide, and when this is done, you can cover the ground for approx. 5 weeks to make sure all grass roots are dead.
  • Start making a list of flowers that you’d like to plant. You should consider the climate zone when choosing plants, as some flowers won’t make it where you live, while others are perfectly suitable for that specific climate. Make sure to put the flowers in an area where they’ll get at least 5-7 hours of sunlight every day.
  • Arrange the flowers according to height, colour and water need. Put the tallest plants in the back row, and the smallest in the front row. Also use matching colours.
  • When all flowers and bushes are planted it’s time to plant the tree where you want it to be, and to put the bench in the right place.
  • Place a pergola or another type of entrance where you enter the garden room. Put an enamel sign on the pergola or the entrance, with a text that you like. It could be a simple text like Welcome, but it can also be something garden related, or just a quote that you like. Ramsign has various designs, so whatever colour scheme you’ve chosen for the garden room, you’ll be able to find a sign which suits the purpose. I would love to have a black Engelhardt sign, with a short text, such as ”My Garden Room” or something like that, and with a red heart at the bottom. Wouldn’t that look nice? What type of sign would you choose? And what text?


Did you like the idea? I think it would be amazing to have a spot like this in the garden, and I will definitely consider doing something similar to this later this year.

I’ll write a new post later on, with info about the winner.

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  1. The quote on my garden sign would say: “How lovely is the silence of growing things.”

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