1. KEEP IT LOW MAINTENANCE
In a world where time is precious and we are mostly too busy to upkeep a garden, it is key to to simplify this year.
– Perennial plants are great as they come back each year, try grouping them together based on their watering needs. For plant suggestions, talk to a master gardener in your community or attend a local garden tour to get ideas.
– Try removing messy trees and shrubs that don’t provide ecological benefits, the constant clean up of dropped leaves can be quite time consuming!
– Look into hardscaping! Using quality stones that won’t need frequent repair or pavers that don’t need to be cleaned often will keep your garden looking neat and tidy for longer with minimal effort!
2. CREATING A STAYCATION SPOT
“Why go on vacation once a year when you can make your yard feel like you’re on vacation all year round?” – Scott Shrader, designer.
Here’s some ideas:
– Invest in a waterproof speaker system to enjoy music whilst you’re outside.
– Site destination spaces in a spot that will draw people outside but not so far that you forget it’s there, for example – a feature fire pit or comfy chair.
– Outdoor furniture that you actually want to sit in!
– Lighting is key for that night time gathering with friends in the summer.
– If cooking is a big part of your life, then an outdoor kitchen may be just the thing for you.
3. MAKING BACKYARD STRUCTURES FOCAL POINTS
Some things in your garden are necessary, sheds, walls, kids play areas etc. Even though these things are required, who says they can’t look beautiful?
– Use salvaged materials, such as rough barn wood and antique iron gates, to create a rustic pool house.
– Re purpose an existing structure, like an old stable, into an outdoor dining pavilion.
-Take inspiration from a local landmark by mimicking its design or using similar materials.
4. INCLUDING PRIVATE, SECLUDED PLACES
A small private area in a large garden can feel like a great getaway, giving you a quite space to relax, read or meditate. This is growing in popularity as the need to de-stress and mindfulness becomes more of a priority this year.
– Just enough seating for two.
– Simple water features are beautiful and relaxing.
– Surround yourself with lush plants.
– build a wall to separate your enclosure from the rest of the garden – and the world.
– Evoke a sense of calm with a neutral colour pallet.
5. INVEST IN FURNITURE THAT WILL LAST
There is a lot of garden furniture available to us, at a very cheap cost. However, this my not always be the best of quality and can need replacing or fixing quite frequently.
Upgrade your garden with some of these suggestions:
– Seek out an artisan who builds functional yet sophisticated furnishings that withstand the test of time.
– If you’re the DIY type, why not build a piece of garden furniture? You’ll be creating an heirloom that can be enjoyed by generations.
– Shop for furniture at a speciality retailer rather than at big box stores.
– Make sure the furniture is comfortable and visually appealing.
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Comment below with your garden trends this year!