Small outdoor gardens

February 19, 2021
Plantscaping a Deck or Patio

The importance of having even a small space outside, or just a visual link with nature, cannot be overestimated. A small garden, be it a balcony, roof, or terrace, is a sanctuary where you can escape the pressures of an urban existence.

Think of your space as an extension of your home, as an outside room where you can eat, read, admire a view, or watch your children play. The key to creating a sympathetic backdrop to outside living is to ask yourself first and foremost how you want to use your “room” and then, with this clear objective in mind, to set about making it a pleasant place in which to be.

It is obviously easier to create a congenial outside room in Mediterranean or tropical climates, but capturing and enjoying every minute of light and warmth in more northerly climes has its own special satisfaction. However, sun alone does not make for a comfortable outside space.

There are many ways it can be made inviting. Wind and drafts can be minimized, ugly views concealed, privacy created, and color used to make it tempting even when the sun is not shining.

Having concentrated your efforts into making use of your outside space in summer, don’t let it be wasted when you are inside or during the remainder of the year. Make sure your outside works visually from inside your home. Consider what it will look like from a window (not just when the sun is out), across the kitchen sink, down the hallway, or from your favorite living-room chair.

Thinking of your garden as a room also makes the concept of garden planning more approachable, for on a small scale, its principles are very similar to those of interior design. Decide what you want in your space and keep the design bold and simple. Where space is at a premium, the style and design of neither the garden nor the house can afford to work in isolation from one another.

If they are complementary, restricted living space inside will benefit from the view of the garden outside, and conversely, a cramped garden will seem less so if it is a harmonious extension of the building it adjoins.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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