Gardening is one of the worldâ€™s most popular pastimes. It can be practiced on many different levels: from tending a window box to working a garden of many acres to planning a rock garden in your patio, and this accounts for its almost universal appeal. Enjoyment maybe a passive or active involvement, for gardens can be as stimulating, fascinating, restful and re-creational to spend time in, as they are to create and work.
The response to and appreciation of a particular garden is, of course, highly subjective and each individual will draw on it emotionally and aesthetically according to his or her tastes. Gardens are very personal and frequently become an outward expression of their ownersâ€™ characters. This is surely one of the reasons why designing oneâ€™s own garden and watching it grow and develop can be one of lifeâ€™s most enduring pleasures.
The style of gardens has, over the centuries, reflected prevailing social conditions and developed in parallel with other forms of culture, and this remains true today. Because gardens normally take many years to establish they have been protgected from the more extreme, often short lived trends. Garden decorations and fashions change, but relatively shlowly, and there is still a place for traditional and modern design. Currently, there is much debater regarding the way forward in garden and patio design, but in the final analysis, individuals will always design gardens according to their own needs and preferences.
There are as many reasons for wishing to create a garden or decorate a patio as there are gardeners and home owners, and the degree of involvement can range from an occasional weekend dabble through to almost fanatical devotion!
There is no doubt that when it comes to garden decoration and design, there is something in it for everyone, whatever their level of interest.