Lately, people are truly discovering the benefits of spending time outdoors. As a result, many homeowners are upgrading their gardens into spaces for enjoyment all year round. City gardens are often small, but that doesn’t mean they cannot be transformed into gorgeous green spaces. There are many ways to turn your patch into an extension of your home, without having to break the bank.
The most effective way to get the most out of your new garden is to plan the layout of the space. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a structured space, one of regimented, blocked spaces and, in fact, it can benefit from being slightly ‘wild’. If you want to, you can hire a professional landscaper to handle the entire project, or, to save on costs, you and your family can do it together.
Grow Horizontally and Vertically
Vertical gardens are a wonderful way to hide unsightly walls that would otherwise remain uncovered. If you’re more of an eco-friendly minded designer, why not make your own vertical planters out of large mason jars or planters affixed to a chicken wire fence that has been securely mounted into a frame on the wall? Upcycled pallets are also very useful!
Some plants that work well in vertical gardens are:
- Salad ingredients, including cucumbers, tomatoes, microgreens, and radishes
- Herbs such as chives, coriander, mint, and parsley
- Colourful fruit vines, limited but not included to, strawberries, kiwi fruits, and granadillas
The installation of log cabins in gardens both large and small has become increasingly popular given their multifunctional uses. These outbuildings can be converted into anything from home offices, to hobby rooms, to private guest quarters. They are available in easily put-together kits in a variety of sizes and designs. There are also custom made options for the more discerning gardener wanting to add a stunning shed to their green space.
Today’s children spend a great deal of time in front of a screen, even more so having to be homeschooled via online classes because of Covid-19 lockdowns. An excellent way to give their eyes a rest and afford them some much-needed fresh air is to have a special space in the garden just for them. Smaller children might enjoy a sandpit or jungle gym, while older ones may appreciate a small firepit around which they and their friends can toast marshmallows, listen to music, and enjoy each other’s company. You could add some tree stumps to serve as rustic chairs rather than conventional garden benches.
A rainbow of bright flowers is a vital addition to any garden. They uplift your spirits and bring birds and pollinating insects to your garden. An inexpensive way to create colourful corners in your garden is to plant flowering plants in pots and cluster them together in groups.
These few ideas should be enough to get you started on your garden transformation. You’re bound to reap the reward of enjoyment once the project is complete. Enjoy!