In the past, here on Seasons in Colour, I’ve briefly talked about how to make the most of your gardens. Indeed, I tend to focus more on the interiors, the colours, designs, and all the seasonal trends, but we should keep in mind that making changes outdoors can also complement the overall quality of our homes. After all, you don't want to stay indoors now that the good weather is coming back?!
The Seasons in Colour garden in June when everything is in full bloom!
Ever since we moved to our current home I really had little choice but tend to the outdoors given the beautiful garden we inherited from the previous owners. And while I find that our garden is not very 'high maintenance' compared to others, there still is a lot to do every couple of weeks. But I really enjoy the tasks - whatever gets me out of the house really!
For those of you that live in the city, serious horticultural endeavours can be quite a challenge – especially for beginners and/or casual green thumbs. However, there’s this so-called urban gardening that’s aimed to maximise the space you have outdoors, while adding a signature look to your home. Because at the end of the day, there’s nothing more delightful and whimsical than a specific area where natural beauty in an otherwise concrete setting reigns supreme. With a bunch of ideas, carefully laid out plans, and the proper execution, you can add a touch of charm to your home. To a certain extent, you can create your own oasis right in the heart of the urban jungle you occupy.
Build a Fence, a Gate, or Both Gates and fences are generally deemed to be more functional, rather than ornamental. In essence, these are used as barriers for our privacy. But to serve both operative and decorative purposes for your urban gardens, you can choose fences and gates made of stone, metal, or plastic. Landscaping Network even highlights the use of wrought iron materials, due to its more modern feel and flexibility.
Invest in a Small shed For its part, a greenhouse or shed adds a whimsical – not to mention practical – feel to the garden. Despite its charming nature, traditional models don’t exactly fit well in a limited urban garden setting. With this, Screwfix suggest to opt for a type with a clip-in glazing system. Due to its smaller frames, it’ll only take up a fraction of your garden, making it easy for it to fit in a corner out the way.
Integrate Outdoor Art Pieces Besides having flowers and plants, fruit and vegetables, it’s also important for your garden to have outdoor art pieces. Some think of this as a tacky and/or unsafe, but incorporating something like a beautiful statue or a lovely fountain can take your urban garden to the next level. It doesn’t really matter whether you choose classical piece that evoke serenity or a contemporary sculpture that reflects abstract in its purest form, it’s a great way to show off your personality.
Put in Fine-Looking Pathways Just to clear things up, pathways aren’t limited to spacious countryside estates. Specialised pavers, in more ways than one, blend well with small urban gardens; they will instantly attract attention and supplement the overall theme of a garden. You have the option to create new ones or repave old concrete in tiles, stones, or wood planks in order to cap off your garden's much-deserved makeover.