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If you could analyze what it is about a romantic garden that is so appealing, there would be a few features that immediately declare that feeling of romance.
Imagine a sun drenched courtyard, paved in ancient stone worn by years of daily use, interwoven with thyme, scented by wafts of lavender and roses, dappled by the shade of gnarled fruit trees and grapevines.
Picture a vine covered twig gazebo with the vows of a rustic country wedding being spoken; these are the images that capture the sense of romantic gardens with that quality of age, timelessness and weathered beauty.
Every romantic garden should have a water feature, whether a classic fountain or a rustic pond, with water lilies and rushes at the edge.
A pond is the epitome of a romantic feature; small or large, this is by far the most evocative of all garden focal points - ever changing with the light and the weather, endlessly fascinating.
It may seem difficult to achieve, especially in a young garden.
First you must define what is romantic to you.
Is it the quiet murmur of water, the cheeping and twittering of birds, the quiet gong of the wind in the wind chimes?
Nest boxes made of barnboard will attract many garden birds and evil spirits will flee from the sound of the brass bells hung on eaves.
You can easily add those simple components to your garden.
What triggers that romantic mood in a garden? Is it the bright colours of a wildflower meadow? or a grassy savanna, soft beige grasses bending in the wind?
It could be the image of a lazy summer day spent lounging in a comfortable chaise with a good gardening book, in a shady gazebo or porch.
Use the mysterious as a lure for your visitors to explore further.
Anything that makes you sigh in wonder at the beauty of the scene and want to capture it forever in a painting is your ideal of romanticism.
Whatever it is that you have in your minds eye that defines romantic, infuse your garden with the spirit of romanticism and age.
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