Nautical landscaping works nicely in the event that you live by the sea, have a passion for boating or in the event that you simply want to incorporate nautical charm to your garden. Nautical scenes should include various nautical elements, such as boats, anchors, ropes and natural wood, in addition to common objects found in or across the sea, like shells and driftwood. The plants you select should also evoke the a nautical feeling so the decorative objects coordinate with the own plants. You can produce one flower bed with a nautical scene or integrate the theme throughout the garden.
Construct a raised planter bed as the focal point in the middle of your lawn, using landscape timbers cut to 18-inch, 24-inch and 30-inch lengths. Dig a trench about 12 inches deep, add 4 inches of compacted gravel and then stick the timbers on end, alternating lengths to make a staggered height border. Wrap each timber with natural fiber rope as you place the timbers. Line the interior of the raised planter with landscaping material and fill in the edge of the shortest landscape timbers with potting soil.
Place a vintage, weathered rowboat or vessel hull at the middle of the raised planter, partially burying one of the long sides so that it looks as if the boat has put there for quite a while.
Plant perennial or yearly flowers in front of the vessel, selecting either red, white and blue nautical colours or flowers which traditionally grow by the sea. Red and white candy-striped petunias (Petunia x hybrida) contrast nicely against a blue and white boat, as an example, or you can fill in a large space with dune daisies (Felicia echinata), that are frequently found holding sand dunes together.
Plant bunches of seagrass on either side of the vessel to resemble the grass that’s instrumental in binding sand dunes together. Select native grasses to avoid introducing invasive species, like European beachgrass (ammophila arenaria), that has been introduced to stabilize sand dunes, but has since taken over many Pacific Coast shores. Common native grasses consist of American dune grass (Leymus mollis), seashore bluegrass (Poa macrantha) along with Douglas’ bluegrass (Poa douglasii).
Insert seashells, pieces of driftwood or other found objects as decorations between plants at the raised planter.
Replace every fourth or third stone on your flower bed boundaries with a big conch shell or if needed, replace the entire border with a seashell border.
Line the walkway to your front steps with a natural rope fence. You may attach the rope to wooden fence posts with metal bands or tie the rope with clove-hitch knots. To tie a clove-hitch knot, form two loops with the rope, place the loops on top of each other, fit the 2 loops over the fence post and pull to tighten.
Install dune fencing to separate your front yard from a sidewalk, employing the dune fencing as you might use a picket fence. To produce your own dune fencing panels, lay about 20 pieces of 3- to- 4-foot lath boards side by side with about two inches spacing between each board. Combine the boards by wrapping one strand of 16-gauge cable in front and back of the boards, then twisting the two wires together between the boards before moving to another board. Make many panels and then attach them with cable to easy 2-by-2-inch lumber fence posts.
Replace the pillow covers on your own outdoor patio furniture with a nautical-inspired exterior cloth. You may choose a very literal nautical print, like one with ropes and masonry at the layout, or opt to get daring navy blue and white stripes combined with a red cushion which has an anchor layout.
Hang nautical decorations, like anchors, life preservers, paddles, nautical flags and ropes throughout the yard to complete the scene. Hang the decorations as a group to produce a daring statement on an outside wall, like the side of your property, garden shed or just a privacy fence. Alternatively, you can place these things beside porch steps, at the entrance to your front yard or in a flower bed.