We’ve all got them.
Tchotchkes. Knick knacks. Doodads. More kindly put – and through squinted eyes – objets d’art.
Unless you’re a minimalist with an inflexible disposition, your rooms and shelves are probably home to many ‘little bits’ that make you smile and evoke a memory (or the image of a dust cloth).
From where I’m sitting right now, I can see a grouping of wooden bolete mushrooms, a collection of jam pots and two stuffed toy mice that my daughter delights in hiding around the house to surprise me. All treasured…all trinkets.
Many of us continue that theme right into the garden, and despite our best intentions, can end up with a landscape that features a few too many flights of fancy rather than our legitimate adventures in horticulture.
If you’re trying to maintain a good balance between both, how do you know when you’ve gone overboard?
One: You’re still reading this column.
Two: You apologize for your tchotchkes when a gardener comes to visit.
If you’ve come to a point where you want to hold your head a little higher during such visits, but you still love your stuff, there is hope. Follow these tips and get back in control of the ornamentation orgy going on out there.
Group your objects.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts – who knew that Aristotle was actually a closet landscape designer? This concept is incredibly successful if you group objects together that share a common characteristic and use aids to stagger heights. For instance, a group of planted terracotta pots; a forest of ceramic mushrooms; a disparate collection of copper items. Then, use surrounding planting schemes to give the group a bit of horticultural gravitas.