Décor & Gardening
Spring Gardening ideas for your patch of green…
By tackling one or two new projects over a few weekends, you’ll soon be sipping your favourite drink surrounded by a beautiful garden filled with the sights, scents, and sounds that emanate from lush greenery.
Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa indicated the importance of a garden in a property sale. “First impressions last, and a beautiful garden can add significant value to your property sale timeline. The garden is an escape and a place to find solace, so a well laid out and inviting garden can be a big drawcard to buyers.” Craig advised.
Like fashion, gardens and exterior spaces experience different styles and trends and one of the biggest trends of the moment is adding ambient lighting to the garden. Think of making the outdoors more accessible and enticing in the evenings.
Adding a fire pit is another way of extending an entertainment area and provides the opportunity to be under the stars on cooler evenings. Sitting around a crackling open fire enjoying the sound of crickets and the company of friends is a wonderful way to unwind and reconnect.
Another cool trend that we love is creating an exclusive space in your garden that is different from the rest – private, secluded and meditative. Picture an area scattered with oversized cushions under the shade of a leafy tree or a zone spread with pebbles and stepping stones where you can literally slow down your pace.
If you love flowers in your garden, make sure to shop for perennials that flower for longer periods. Another way of bringing different hues into a garden is to mix flower beds by planting a variety of flowering perennials that come into bloom at different times, this ensures that there are flowers across the four seasons.
Keep it pretty…
- Enrich your soil with compost
- Add mulch to beds and potted plants to prevent moisture loss
- Apply organic fertilizer
- Replace invasive species with indigenous plants as this results in fewer pests and diseases in the garden. These plants also attract a lot of wildlife such as birds, butterflies and interesting insects.
Furniture and accessories are key…
Comfortable, functional and weather-hardy furniture is a key essential for making the most of your garden and exterior space.
Texture is a strong element at the moment, especially natural wood, steel and a combination of the two. Linen and rope are also right on trend and add a touch of laid back pizazz.
According to online magazine Decoist.com, outdoor furniture and accessories reflect a desire to create a holiday vibe at home. The garden has been touted as the new resort and imbuing décor with a personal style that reflects your vacation character – be it luxury, rustic or barefoot and beachy – is all the rage.
Extra seating should always be on hand and functional to accommodate family and friends and if pieces can be moved around so that people can spread out and sprawl, all the better. Items such as ottomans, beanbags and stools can be repositioned with ease and stowed away when not required.
Whatever you choose to do, have fun in your outdoor space this Spring!