Is your backyard looking a little bland? Don’t limit putting your personal 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’s some tips on how to cultivate a unique outside space that will wow your guests and make 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 too to hold your sunglasses and refreshments!
When planning your patio, you don’t need to just go for wooden planks or concrete squares.Concrete stenciling exists – which is a method of creating fun patterned tiles with different textures. Have fun with it and go for a multi-colored patio in different 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. Obviously, this depends a little on the climate in which you live: palm trees tend to be fine in any weather, but cacti do not like being rained on too much. Visit a garden center 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 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 your very own fresh-air extension of your home.
Another wooden garden structure, pergolas work best in sunny climates, as they don’t feature full roofs. 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 neighbors and enjoying your own home-grown cucumber in salads. You don’t need to be especially green-thumbed to grow simple veg like potatoes, lettuces and radishes. Once you’ve seen how easy it is, you’ll be rushing out to get a green house 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.