We all know the the benefits of having a green space in our homes, but
we either have too little room for a garden or fear the work involved
in its maintenance. Which is why we often don’t consider creating
something amazing we could enjoy every day. Nowadays, simply having
few pot plants at home is the closest we get to an actual garden! But
if you feel it’s finally time to get your hands dirty, we have all
the answers here.
How can I easily
improve my garden?
with everything in life, it depends on how much space or budget you
have. If you have lots of room then, congratulations - the sky is
Take a look around and
see what you’d like to have in your space. Maybe changing some
furniture is all you need to improve your garden - when we use it on
a daily basis, sometimes we don’t even notice how worn out and pale
they’ve become. So get rid of them and replace them with some
trendy new pieces instead. If you haven’t yet got a water feature
in your garden, maybe that’s an option to consider. It’ll be easy
to install and will definitely change the atmosphere of the space.
For smaller places
like small terraces or balconies, improve them by being a bit
creative. Maybe there's a wall you can turn into your own vertical
herb heaven? With a small space, keep it simple and practical and
choose straight-line elements such as square pots instead of round
ones, as they are the most space efficient.
Where to start when
designing my garden?
You should always
start with the question ‘why
do I want to renovate my garden?’
What is missing? What is there that I don't need? And what do I wish
I could do in this space?
questions will help you design what you actually need. Don't be
fooled by fancy photos you see in magazines! For sure they are
someone's perfect garden, but now it's you who wants to build their
dream. Be honest with yourself. If you know you won't be maintaining
the space regularly then you should go with a plan that is low
maintenance. How do you use you space? Do you enjoy cooking outside?
Do you like to host your guests outside? Do you use it in winter time
and does it make sense to have a fire pit, for example? Or would you
rather save the space for a swing instead? Do you have children who
regularly spend time outside? How can you entertain them better?
When you’ve answered
all these questions, then it's time to look at your space. Is it
north or south facing? Do you want a seating area in the sun or do
you prefer shade? Is there a tree you want to preserve? How can you
best integrate it in your design? Depending on where in the space sun
shines, you should plan where to plant your greeneries and trees.
Throughout this process, don't be afraid to ask a professional for their opinion - after all, how many gardens have you renovated?
How can I make my
plants last longer?
you want a garden that flowers in every season, you should identify
the different cycles of various plants and plan your space
accordingly. Ideally, you should opt for a mix of perennial and
are many different factors that affect how much a plant blooms. The
most important among them are the age of the plant, how much light it
receives and how nutritious the soil is. So you can use these factors
to get the most from your plants in every season. There are also
other steps for taking good care of your plants:
Water regularly but
not too often: This
sounds easy, but it’s very important to understand the water
requirements of each type of plant, and to make sure that they each
receive what they need.
Plant sitter for
when you are away: If
you’re going on holidays and won't be around to water and protect
your plants, have someone come by and take care of them in your
absence. Damage done in your absence might cause the loss of a big,
loved or expensive plant. A small arrangement with a neighbor might
be worth a try - after all, you can return the favour any time!
a fence to keep harmful animals away and ensure there are no pests
damaging your plants without you noticing. If you’re too busy to
water the garden by yourself then consider installing a self-watering
system which will assure your plants’ hydration. It’s an
easy-to-install and very effective solution for taking care of your
Finally, we come to
fences, from which there are many options to choose; wood, brick,
aluminium, chain-link and bamboo. But choose carefully, as your
garden should be in harmony with your entire home. For example, if
you have industrial-style interior design, maybe choosing bamboo for
your fencing isn't such a good idea.