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Digging in at Disney!

Feb 03 2014

This January my family and I were lucky enough to travel to Florida's Disney World with my cousin and her family.  We had a wonderful time and the kids were in heaven!

With all the snow burying Ontario these days, I thought this would be a great time to share some photos and reflect on the trip.

As the kids were busy looking for characters and deciding which ride to go on next, I found myself taking in the grounds - the beautiful green character sculptures, the colourful containers, and the beautiful mass plantings throughout the parks.  I realized again how important the 'decorating' of outdoor spaces truly is, and how it is such an important element in creating the overall experience of an outdoor space - whether it's a theme park, or a back yard.  I hope these pictures provide you with a little inspiration at this snowy time of the season!

I took a few ideas from these large scale gardens which can be translated to the home garden to simplify both design and maintenance, as we are all busy and need to simplify where we can!

Container Grouping Container Grouping Hanging Baskets 

To create interest but ease maintenance requirements, they have many planters that are each filled with only one plant type.  This helps to make maintenance easier as different plants have different maintenance requirements, planting this way lets you maintain each planter the way the specific plant prefers.

Alice in Wonderland  

Focal points are an easy way to add interest.  A landscape doesn't need to be filled with features everywhere - the amount you need depends on the size of the space. Typically, one key feature per area is all you need, as this allows you to keep the rest of the space simple - making it easier to maintain.

Simple Planting  

One of the easiest ways to minimize your maintenance is to make a mass planting.  Choosing a few key plants to fill a space means you only need to tend to the needs of a few types of plants.  The photos above show that a space doesn't need to have many types of plants to be beautified, the plants just need to be appropriate for the area.

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