Volcanic decorative rock
What do I win? =)
a gold star! well a green check mark anyways :)
"Amend your soil beforehand"
I like the amend your soil before hand very practical!
Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas. Expand wind a bit and think of ways to incorporate 'movement' into the garden.
moving scuptures, pergolas, arbors, moving water
Solar Birdbath keeps the water moving & mosquitoes out. Saves electricity, too.
I will take it in a different approach.
Earth - elevation changes in the landscape provide far more interest than one that is flat.
Wind - use plants such as ornamental grasses that move in even the slightest breeze. I love Fountain Grass, Pennisetum orientalis, as a perennial grass that stays fairly small but provides great interest in a small garden space. The 'Lilttle Bunny' variety is also a nice one.
Fire - I will agree with Walter on the lighting, since not everyone wants a fire source in their landscape, but designed night lighting provides incredible interest to a garden and can create an entirely different mood to the garden once the sun goes down.
Water - Instead of piping unnecessary water underground through pipes to try and carry it off the property, try and use it as an asset. Maybe install a dry streambed as an aesthetic way to control the runoff. I attached a photo of a dry streambed that I incorporated into a design and we installed several years ago. This is what it looks like after a rainfall.
What if you translate the elements into colors or objects that "represent" the element but aren't the element itself. Water = a long flowing drift of blue muscari, Fire = red/orange impatiens/tritoma/burning bush, Earth = brown pine bark mulch or terra-cotta pots. Wind? well, that one's tough. Wind is unseen yet suggests movement so perhaps things translucent or things that suggest an open portal/passage where wind would pass such as an arbor or long vista, or things that show the effect of wind like the wind-swept Monterrey cypress.