Having spent an increased amount of your time in the garden over summer, you are probably aware that it needs a little updating. The color in your garden does not only have to come from your flowers and plants. Get ready to introduce some color and flair to your yard, to brighten up your day.
From your choice of garden lighting to outdoor furniture ideas, unique planting to homemade outdoor accessories, there are many smart ways to make your garden great without going for broke.
Here is a selection of inexpensive ways to update your garden, to add some individuality and color.
While fencing is necessary for marking out the border with your neighbor, it is the one thing that you are more than likely able to see from every vantage point in your garden, and this is why it is prime for adding color to your garden. The variety of colors has extended massively over the past few years, and you are now able to choose a color that not only looks great, but protects your wood too. The only limit is your imagination, and how brave you dare to be. Remember that if you don’t like it, it can easily be repainted.
Particularly for smaller or balcony gardens, choose slender planters that don’t take too much room up on the footprint. Choose planters of the same color to create a modern theme, and update an old iron chair with a metal paint in the same color to keep a stylish continuity. Consider wall gardens, hanging baskets, and flower boxes to display your plants. Much like in a house, if you can see the floor, a small space can feel bigger. A small garden has to be planned more than a large one: you do not want to feel cluttered, just comfortable!
Choosing planters for a larger garden can allow greater variety, and you can use different styles to suit the area, for example, you could have a Spanish inspired area displaying terracotta pots, or perhaps sleek black modernistic designs to add wow. Unlike with smaller gardens, larger spaces afford you to play around with the sizes.
Just remember though, that larger planters require a lot of filling which makes them heavy to transport. Get the planter in before you fill it – your back will be thankful. There is a cheat here that can save you the expense of filling a large container with potting soil: use a lightweight material at the bottom to take up some space, you can use empty plastic soda bottles. Your choice of plants needs to have extra consideration too. The design maxim of ‘thriller, filler and spiller’ can be applied to large containers: an extravagant plant or tree that gives height, filler plants that provide the substance, and a spiller plant that will grow over the side.
Even the gloomiest of spaces, say a patio under the shade of a tree or building, can be brought to life with the addition of soft furnishings. Typically, they are for use in interiors, but you can pick up inexpensive rugs that will make your outdoor space a haven for relaxation – think of a modern twist to a Moroccan riad. Add complementary or even contrasting colored cushions to benches and you can transform dull to divine. Go the extra mile and coordinate your soft outdoor furnishing to those within the house to provide a feeling of continuity; this also makes your home feel larger as your eyes will not differentiate between the two spaces.
To add the finishing touches to this rugged area, add Moroccan style lanterns that can softly illuminate the area at night, and bean bags or low-level large outdoor cushions for comfort,
In the height of summer, when the temperatures soar, you will be craving some shade to enable you to make use of your garden still. The solution has usually been to set up a parasol, but these are not practical for small gardens or balconies; a solution to this is to install fixings to your wall to attach a simple sale like a canopy. The fixings are inexpensive, and you can upcycle an old sheet to provide the shade.
Don’t be restricted in your color choice, you can home dye sheets to any color you wish, or even to suit your outfit. For those wanting to replicate a festival feel, or you cannot choose which color to add to their garden, how about tie-dye?
Have a look around your garden, there may be an area that is suitable for a mosaic; it may be the risers on the steps up to your back door, or perhaps you have a section of path that could be the site for your mosaic creative flair to be showcased. It will be worth your time asking local tile showrooms to keep hold of any broken tiles for your project, and once you have enough, you can see the colors that you have and base a design around them.
Adding color to your garden is not just about the flowers and plants, you can add accessories, paint and create to achieve an individual look that will set your garden apart. If you are thinking about the plants in your garden, and how to make sure that you have a colorful display all year round; look at what grows successfully in your neighbors’ plots. You will have the same soil, and it will save you having to try to find plants that are suited to it.
Bulbs are an easy way to transform a garden, and have some control over what is going to grow and when. The great thing about them is that you can have year-round color but without the need for any gardening expertise, as thankfully they come with clear notes as to when they flower. Winter is the time of the year that gardens look the least colorful as the plants lie dormant; however, if you painted your fence, styled your planters and created a mosaic, your garden will be anything but drab.