We're finally in the double digit weather, and it`s the perfect time to get thinking about how to get your garden flourishing for the coming season! Whether you want to freshen up your backyard look, moved in to a new place and have a fresh canvas to play with, plan with a purpose, or just starting out with your first gardening project, these ideas may help inspire you to pursue the garden of your dreams
1. DIY to Beautify
We’re bombarded by new products every single day, and despite there being more items on the shelves, the variety hasn’t quite expanded. If you truly want to make your garden stand out this year, then a little bit of handiwork might get you there the quickest, with surprising results!
Using found objects like this wheelbarrow wheel is an excellent way to organize your plants in a unique, and in this case rustic, way that adds depth and dimension to your garden.
This vintage drawer adds a whole new flavour to the garden by creating a sense of homeyness outdoors.
The firepit is a great way to use leftover wood on a nice Summer evening, but it can also add character to your pathway. By slicing the trunk and branches into thin pieces, you can arrange them to create a very organic and eye-catching walkway that will guide you and your guests through your garden.
2. What Do You Mean Seasonal?
We’re finally getting the sunlight we've been waiting for and with the trees and flowers starting to bloom, it’s only going to get more beautiful. That beauty however doesn’t have to be restricted to the Spring and Summer season. There are some plants that thrive on a slightly different schedule. Combine a variety of these types of diligent plantlife, and you’ll likely have the most colorful Winter yard in your neighbourhood!
The Witch Hazel is a colorful shrub that, depending on the breed, begins to bloom between October and January. Once planted, it’s virtually maintenance fee, thus adding a simple splash of color to the otherwise white blanket of Winter.
When the Holly tree loses its leaves in the Winter time, it doesn’t stop dazzling. What’s left behind are their gorgeous red Winterberries! Keep in mind that for these trees to produce berries you’ll have to pair the male species with the female species, but isn’t it worth it?
Although there is something to be said about a minimalist garden, if you’re looking to add vibrance and richness, consider how you arrange your plants next to each other. Think of it like a painting. Some vibrant splashes of color here and there, some contrasting and muted colors, all creating a flow for your eyes. Don’t forget you can follow the same approach for your Winter garden!
4. Grow Up And Up!
Not all plants grow to be very tall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help them reach new heights! Not only are vertical planters ridiculous space savers, which also means the plants don’t have to fight for sunlight nearly as much, they are also convenient for you the gardener. You get easier access for planting and harvesting depending on what your growing. Depending on your placement, vertical planters also serve to create a sense of enclosure or simply as decoration on the bare side of your house.
5. Can You Eat That?
So far we’ve showcased exclusively aesthetic gardening ideas, but there is of course a very practical side to it as well. If you enjoy fresh produce with a guarante that it won’t be tampered with then nothing beats growing your own. Tomatoes, beans, and peppers are all common choices for growers, but depending on your tastes and the type and size of garden you have, don’t be afraid to experiment.
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6. Let’s Sit In The Shade For A Bit
Not all plants need to sit in the sunlight all day long. Some prefer not to, which is excellent news because the closer you live to the city the lesser chances there are that you have an uninterrupted splay of sunlight across your entire garden. You can take advantage of these dimmer areas by planting Hydrangeas, Lungwort, Foxgloves, and Heucheras.
Black Mundo Grass is a bold flower that needs little light and has a lot of personality!
For a more delicate touch, the Bleeding Heart is a great choice to brighten up shady areas.
7. Let Loose!
Part of the fun of gardening is experimenting with new arrangements and new species of plants. With the internet at your fingertips these days, you can find out about weird and wonderful plants in a matter of seconds, with all the details you need to care for them! Take for example the…
Are you ready for this? This is an Ice Cream Banana Tree, which is exactly what it sounds like. Crazy right? This blue banana has a flavour that is akin to vanilla and a traditional banana put together, and although it grows outdoors in exclusively warm climates, it can be grown in a pot and brought indoors for the Winter months.
8. Let’s Go Inside!
Especially in the Winter months, we can keep some of that garden ambiance alive indoors with a suitable collection of potted plants. Succulents are an excellent place to start, as they arguably require the least amount of maintenance, and are very easy to organize and decorate with due to their size. Remember those vertical planters we were talking about earlier? These come in extremely handy indoors, where space saving is most essential. You can bring your living room to life with an assortment of flowers, or keep your spices fresh throughout Winter by continuing to grow the likes of oregano, basil, and garlic.
9. Get Inspired!
Even if there was a way to display all the styles of gardens that exist out there, that doesn’t mean there’s one that’s perfect for you. There’s no better way to get inspired to create a truly unique garden that speaks to you than to collect your own ideas and putting them together in a way that will excite you. Go for a walk, take notes on the landscape, architecture, and wildlife next time you travel, pay attention to the imagery in the poems, movies, and novels you read even if they have nothing to do with gardening, and don’t be quick to judge an item that is uncommon in a traditional garden, like the vintage drawer mentioned before, because when all of these elements are put together you may just create a garden that is truly extraordinary!