Creating a garden that is unique and personal can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle, most garden ornaments are mass produced on the continent and finding something to enhance your own space without looking like your next door neighbour can be difficult. With a little inspiration you could find it easier than you think to have an unusual and original garden feature.

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Living willow sculptures and features such as tunnels and arbours have seen a surge of popularity in recent years. Once planted they will last for many years and of course as they are growing they change and mature with your garden. These are planted between December and early April and each one will be original and unique to your garden. You can use willow to produce structures that are not living such as the pictured planter and turf topped seat which I recently completed for a customer in Sheringham. Both pictures do not do them justice as they are so strong I really think you would need to hit them with a car to move them.
Why not try sculpted turf covered areas, although they take a little more time to mow you can create stunning visual impact with, for example, a turf snake slithering across your lawn or something a little more modern maybe a geometric design undulating in your grass. You could also use wildflower turf to create a sculptural wildlife haven. Turf furniture is also possible.
A maze maybe the perfect answer keeping the whole family amused and adding an extra dimension to your garden. I have designed a simple yet effective maze for my Sandringham flower show garden in aid of Macmillan Cancer support this year so why not come along and see how it could work in your garden you can also donate a little change to this worthy charity at the same time.
There are some wonderful uses for old logs if you are feeling creative, why not try making a log bench by removing sections large enough to sit in or using an old tree stump make a throne fit for a Queen or King. Go collecting drift wood and items from the beach to add to your borders.
And lastly why not visit some of the wonderful reclamation yards we have in the county you never know what treasures your going to find. Having something unique need not mean spending a fortune so try to have fun with it.
If you would like some more inspiration or a little help creating and maintaining you garden get in touch.
www.gardendesignnorfolk.co.uk/gdn

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