As Autumn approaches, it is becoming harder and harder to keep your garden looking spick and span. The air is getting crisp, the leaves are falling and the rain is heavy; sound like a good reason to stay inside, right? Wrong. Gardening is a year-round adventure, and it’s a great way to get outside and let your hands get a little dirty. It doesn’t matter on the size of your outdoor space; you can have a 2-acre space or a balcony, there is always a way to incorporate a little bit of green in your home.
Let’s start off small. If your home has very little space for a luscious garden. If your space can only allow for a to plant or two, don’t let that stop you from expressing your personality. Heather Gibson from Finer Details Concierge & Organiser Services, says that there’s an easy and foolproof way to keep your small garden space looking neat and tidy, still whilst looking luscious and green. “Hanging your pots or attaching them to a wall can also add interest to an otherwise bland spot also using tables, chairs or other items to stand pots on can give the area some character,” she says, “Try to add colour and different types of foliage to your selection to add variety and interest.” You can find more tips from Heather by following her Facebook.
There’s a crisis going on the moment: bees are dying at a rapid pace. This is a major issue, worldwide, but did you know that you can make a difference? Trust me when I say that bees are good. Wasps, they’re the evil ones. If you want to preserve the life of bees, you can follow Julia Schafer’s advice. Julia is the owner of Farewell My Manicure, a website dedicated to environmentally and sustainable living. “If you are an avid urban gardener like I am, then one of the most important things you can do is attract pollinators to your garden. Why not make a Bee B&B and see if you can turn your garden’s tourists into long term tenants. The premise is simple, create a habitat that is appealing to solitary bees. The simplest form is a “plank hive” which basically is a plank of wood with a series of 6-12mm holes drilled into it, topped with a roof, you can either move it around your garden or attach to a tree. You can also create more elaborate bee homes that becomes an attractive urban garden feature.” You can find out more inspiring tips from her by following her Facebook or Instagram.
Sometimes you can make the biggest impact in a garden by just keeping your garden looking clean. If you have a nature strip or a patch of grass in your backyard, just a simple tidy up of the grass can completely transform your space. Lawn mowers are essential for every garden, even if you have a tiny space.
Speaking of grass, if your backyard resembles a concrete jungle, some plant life is a great way to add zest and freshness to your outdoor space. Flowers, trees and hedges are a sure way to keep the air fresh in your garden, but if you would like to squish your toes between grass in the morning, but don’t have access or the room for real grass, perhaps you could invest in some artificial grass! With recent technology, it no longer feels like knives under your feet, but instead lush and fresh blades of grass. It looks great and can fit in any sized garden.
If your garden is larger than life, it can be hard to keep it under control. Small gardens can be hard to embellish, as the lack of space may st7unt your thinking. A great way to get the gardens of your dreams is to stick to a theme or be inspired by famous gardens of the world. Sticking to a theme throughout your outdoor space can be a great way to keep your garden looking neat and tidy. Depending on your style, you can create a garden that reflects who you are or a style of garden that you really love.
If you love the Noguchi gardens, be sure to make tiles the main focus. Keep the green to a minimum, but keep them in sight. Terracotta colours, crazy paving and a continuous colour pattern is the way to maintain the Noguchi feel. If you have a larger backyard, consider planting a few trees. Trees are not only an essential part of the Noguchi gardens, they’re also essential for the earth. The Noguchi gardens are a perfect combination of Californian desert and fresh, green grass, so when recreating the timeless piece, ensure you have flowing water, dense desert colours and plant life.
Gardens of Versailles:
By far one of the most extravagant and breathtaking gardens in the world, Versailles’ gardens is a great one to replicate. Of course, you don’t have to go to the palace’s extreme, but there are easy ways to create an essence of the gardens in your own backyard. Pick your favourite section of the garden; is it the distinct patterns; the water fountain; or the luscious green? If you’re interested in replicating the distinct patterns from the Versailles gardens, consider creating geometric shapes that would be distinctive from above. Straight-lined hedges and monochromatic gravel and pavement create the perfect structural design. Considering the water fountains? Although the ones at Versailles are large and elaborate, you can find some that are far less extravagant and suited to your personal taste. These fountains can be large or small, depending on your space and budget. Either way, the addition of a traditional water feature is a sure way to incorporate a touch of French garden into your home. Versailles has a lot of green, as you probably know. If you are to replicate this garden, you would have to add some yourself. Hedges, lavender and clipped shrubs are a wonderful way to keep the royal theme going throughout your home, and with great time and care, you can have your own Jardins du château de Versailles!
One of the most recognised gardens in history, this lovely, lush and whimsical garden is sure to make any heart flutter. Of course, not everyone has a lake and a bridge to own, but you can replicate this garden quite easily. Start with colour; Monet’s garden is full of rich jewel tones, from lavender to water lilies. These flowers can be left to grow, without constant attention being paid, and your garden will look like Monet grew them himself. If you’re lucky enough to have a pond in your garden, you can surround it with luscious green, purple and blue colours. This garden is timeless and relaxing. Could you think of a better day spent outside amongst those colours? Didn’t think so.
When it comes to creating a garden, it’s all about personal taste. Your budget doesn’t have to have you in a chokehold, you just have to be clever about how you spend your money. Plan things out, regard your backyard space and compromise. Your garden is an extension of your home, which should be an extension of your personality; have fun with it!