STYLE ADVICE – GARDEN

Gardens are those that make people happy and comfortable. Great gardens look good, but they have to feel good, too. The gardens should be relaxing, easy to move through, and not too hard to maintain. Paths and structures must be simple to navigate, while the plants selected must provide interest and serve a function.

The home garden is the most direct means of supplying families with most of the non- staple foods they need year round.



Importance of having a garden

Gardening is:

  • Relaxing

  • Stress-relieving, for overall mental health benefits.

  • Caring for the plants gives the entire family a chance to work together.

  • If you have neighbours who also garden, the activity sometimes offers social interaction.

  • Gardening also offers a form of moderate outdoor exercise.




The Home Garden is an important land unit for households, as it is often the centre of family life.

A well - developed home garden is a complete farming system.


How to design your Garden


Important considerations in the garden design include

  • How the garden will be used,

  • The desired stylistic genre (formal or informal, modern or traditional etc.), and

  • The way the garden space will connect to the home or other structures in the surrounding areas.

All of these considerations are subject to the limitations of the prescribed budget.



What to include


Turf


A lawn can be costly and labour intensive to maintain, but no other surface is quite so yielding, so comfortable for lounging, or so resilient and forgiving for play. Nor can any planting take the kind of foot traffic that lawns regularly endure. Indeed, turf is a special garden feature, so use it wisely. Don’t waste the effort of keeping a lawn where low-maintenance paving or plants might serve just as well, but don’t skimp on the grass for areas where you’ll enjoy it. A sweep of green grass can also be the perfect counterbalance to bountiful beds and borders.

















Look beyond the bloom


While flowers are a highly attractive attribute, many plants offer more than just blooms. Look past the flowers and use foliage, fruit, and bark for year-long color, form, and texture.














Ground story – Add low-growing plants to the beds

Low-growing plants, measuring 1 foot tall or less, are best admired up close. Think of them as jewellery, with their delicate textures and vibrant colors. They’re perfect for accessorizing borders, paths, and entryways.



Garden Furniture



Garden furniture, also called patio furniture or outdoor furniture, is a type of furniture specifically designed for outdoor use. It is typically made of weather-resistant materials such as aluminium which is rust-proof.

Garden furniture may range from a patio set consisting of a table, four or six chairs and a parasol, through benches, swings, various lighting, to stunning artifacts in brutal concrete or weathered oak.


The materials used to manufacture modern patio furniture include:

stones, metals, vinyl, plastics, resins, glass, and treated woods.



Tips for Decorating Your Garden


Whether you've got a big yard, a small yard, or even no yard, here's a few ingenious garden decoration ideas to liven things up.


  • Use Ornaments as Finishing

  • Tie Furnishings Into the Overall Scheme

  • Showcase Plant Collections

  • Embrace Unusual Displays - A rusty iron basket cradles tabletop succulents so they can stand out from the plant beds.

  • Let Decorative Elements Play Up Sound - Hearing the trickle of water is an all-but-irresistible lure to exploring a garden.

  • Entice with Garden Scents

  • Add Splashes of Color with Ceramics

  • Have fruits planted

  • Use of Ceramic Pots - white ceramic pots on a wooden stand add a fresh, modern feel to a garden.

  • Twinkle Lights - you'll be surprised how a couple strands of twinkle lights turn your garden into the spot in your house for outdoor summer hangouts.

  • Having an Accent Wall

  • Try creating Deck Garden – it is always helpful for places that are uneven.

  • Use of Lanterns




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