Tips to Add Drama to Your Spring Garden

This year, consider adding beautiful, dramatic elements to an ordinary garden.

As you start to think about planning your garden, incorporate these unique ideas from Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, to make your garden a one-of-a-kind display.

For more inspirational ideas you can use in your own garden, mark your calendar for “The Art of Gardening,” the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, from March 9-17 at Navy Pier.

1. Provide water and native plants to make your garden gallery welcoming for birds and butterflies. This welcoming feel will really bring your garden to life.


2. Plant vines over unused garden structures and allow them to reclaim your space for you. Move aside and let nature step up to the easel. (Photo by Robin Carlson)


3. Create moments of drama with vignettes that tell a story. Include flowing water, a respite area or a quirky children’s garden. This is a great way to add more personality into your arrangements. A children’s garden can also encourage the whole family to get involved.


The 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show incorporates beauty and artistry in all its components, from “The Marketplace” to the “Kids’ Activity Garden,” and from the new “How to Garden” to the “Garden Gourmet” amphitheater. Featuring local garden designers and landscape architects, the show is an inspiration for guests from across the country and from sweet home Chicago.

For inspiring ideas year-round and even more up-to-the-minute event information, follow the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Facebook at and Twitter.