A brick walkway leading to the front porch of this Charleston-style southern home is extra welcoming, thanks to its unusual width, which also keeps it in proportion to the horizontal lines of the house. The plants and miniature lanterns along the walkway emphasize the curved shape of the path and give visitors plenty to see before they even reach the front steps, as seen on HGTV's Curb Appeal.
Think outside the box - It’s all too easy to fall back on the idea that landscape beds should be a square, but a curved or circular design like this one can make a real impact. There are no straight lines in nature, so it makes sense to design curves into the hard- landscaped elements of your design for a natural, organic feel.
Add curves. One of the hallmarks of cottage landscaping is the movement away from rigid geometric garden beds and toward serpentine shapes. In this case, the arch of the gate leading into a secondary "outdoor room" echoes the curve of the garden beds. The use of plants rather than formal walls lends a cohesive feel to the entire space.
A curved pergola creates a gateway from the entry garden to the lower chalet. To create the terraced area along the hillside, the designer removed roughly 350 yards of soil to start getting the correct grades and to devise a system of French drains at the office. A continuing challenge is the private utilities running between the two buildings.
A new lawn and the imaginative blending of shrubs and flowering plants radiate maximum curb appeal in this design which features a subtle but alluring detail – a rustic side entrance to the back yard on the far left.
Garden forks may or may not be a must-have tool for you, depending on what your grow and how you garden. The digging fork is shorter and has thicker, straight tines. It’s used for digging things like potatoes, garlic, yams, canna rhizomes or dahlia tubers. It allows you to loosen and lift soil while (hopefully) not stabbing the item you’re digging. A curved manure or pitchfork is the handiest tool for moving a bulk delivery of shredded bark mulch. No other tool grabs and lifts mulch quite as easily as a pitchfork. On either of these forks, more tines equates to a heavier tool weight and lifting a heavier load.
Earth toned Belgard pavers are stacked together to form a curved garden wall at the end of a stone patio. While the wall itself provides plenty of seating, two comfortable metal patio chairs complete the space and provide a more comfortable lounging option. Orange cushions are complimented by light blue floral pillows.
You can take some of the strain off your back when gardening using tools such as this ergonomically designed rocker seat. The Garden Rocker Vertex Seat, sold by The Home Depot, has a curved back and contoured seat, and the height can be adjusted.
Pretty products to enhance your driveway include a small garden fence. The Emsco Victorian Fleur De Lis Garden Fence has a classic gate design, is made of rust-free resin and interlocks to curve around a driveway.