Do-It-Yourself: Renew your Garden

A garden can become a sanctuary to its residents - giving them the space to disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle or as space for growing minds to play. Here are some ways you can renew your garden to make it the best it can be.

It doesn’t matter whether you have large or small garden, the important thing is how you use the space available to you.

Adding depth

You cannot change the size of your yard, but you can make make your garden seem much larger than it really is. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

- You wouldn’t think about adding a mirror to your outside areas but by adding a reflective surface to an exterior wall you are giving surrounding vegetation a chance to reflect and promote a larger appearance. Just make sure aren’t reflecting light directly indoors!

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- Use neutral colours on exterior walls to enhance the feeling of spaciousness and lightness

- Choose three of your favourite colours and buy flowers in those colours, that way you can make your garden more personal with overwhelming the area with loads of different colours. 

Vertical Gardens

The easiest way to create the idea of space in your garden is by adding vertical gardens - here the only limit is your imagination! From pallets to empty cans anything goes!

Find out how to make your own vertical garden here 

Play with the height of your plants

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Once you have chosen the style of your garden, make sure you choose the right plants to go with the style of your garden. Choose plants of different heights and sizes to add dimension to your garden. Choose indigenous plants - by doing this you are more likely to save water and money (as well as attracting more birds) Another tip worth remembering if you have a small garden is to keep it as organised as possible - informal gardens are beautiful but counteracts your attempts of making the most of every square centimeter. 

Storage solutions

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All garden spaces, large and small, require intelligent strategies and creative storage. Obviously, this is accentuated when the garden or patio is small. To maximise the area of a garden, it is important to have well-placed shelves and multifunctional furniture. Install shelves on the wall or ceiling, so you can keep your gardening tools, furniture, barbecues, or bicycles all in order.

Establish zones

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Large and small demarcated areas in a garden are very important in order to make it look more organised. This can be done in many ways. The most practical and least expensive way is probably to do it with small stones, either white or black. Small stones will help to define areas of your garden, to highlight the décor and create attractive designs.

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