Is your backyard looking a little bland? Don’t limit putting your stamp on your home to just its interior: show the outside some love! Gardens and outdoor spaces require a little upkeep, but a home’s exterior is just as much a part of your property as the inside.
Here are some tips on how to cultivate a unique outside space that will wow your guests and makes you enjoy getting outdoors more!
Who said shelves are just for indoors? Cool outdoor shelves are the perfect solution for showing off potted plants and protecting vulnerable plants from the elements. Grow some potted herbs on your outdoor shelves, or grow some hanging greenery like ivy or pretty fuchsia. This is a great idea for keeping your garden looking green if you don’t have grass.
Swinging love seats or benches are perfect for the whole family and add an element of fun to your garden. You don’t need any grass – they sit well on patios too. They’re a lovely feature for sitting and reading outside when the sun’s out. Get yourself a little wooden side table to hold your sunglasses and refreshments!
When planning your patio, you don’t need to go for wooden planks or concrete squares. Concrete stencilling exists – creating fun patterned tiles with different textures. Have fun with it and go for a multi-coloured patio in various shades of brick and stone or one with unusual tile designs. Professional concreter will be able to recreate your vision for you!
Most people have flower beds and vegetable patches – why not do something a little different? Source some palm trees or try a big cactus. This depends a little on the climate you live in: palm trees tend to be fine in any weather, but cacti do not like being rained on too much. Visit a garden centre for inspiration and advice on the unusual plants that live well in your part of the world.
If you have the space, pagodas are a beautiful addition to any outdoor area. They allow you to sit outside in all weather, protected from the rain with a roof and partial walls. They are usually constructed from wood and reference the style of traditional Buddhist or Hindu temples. They create a calm, relaxing environment for enjoying your outdoor space. Fill with garden furniture and potted plants to cultivate the very own fresh-air extension of your home.
Another wooden garden structure, pergolas, work best in sunny climates, as they don’t feature entire roofs. Instead, they consist of latticed beams placed across a wooden frame, ideal for enjoying a barbecue beneath on a warm evening. They also make great structures for climbing plants, like star jasmine and trumpet vine.
Dig out a vegetable patch as a central feature of your garden – not only do they look great, they provide you with free dinner! In no time, you’ll be producing enough carrots to share with the neighbours and enjoying your home-grown cucumber in salads. You don’t need to be especially green-thumbed to grow simple vegs like potatoes, lettuces and radishes. Once you’ve seen how easy it is, you’ll be rushing out to get a greenhouse in which to grow tomatoes, strawberries and chilis.
Building a garden archway in the entrance to your yard looks beautiful, covered with flowers and looks so welcoming to visitors! Alternatively, you could place one anywhere in the garden with a garden dining set underneath for a romantic al fresco eating area.
Whether you go for a full pond complete with koi carp or a small rock garden water feature, hearing the trickle of water in the garden adds an atmosphere of tranquil relaxation. The more elements of nature you can add to your outdoor space, the greater it will be to spend time in.