No matter if you love or hate your outdoor space, having a little garden makeover and spicing things up is always a great idea. Luckily, you don’t have to go all out and build a pool to achieve a big effect! Here are a few easy and cost-effective gardening trends that will transform your backyard and rekindle your love for the outdoors.
1. Zen wabi-sabi
People all over the world are searching for new ways to treat their gardens, and one of the more interesting ones comes from Japan. The art of wabi-sabi involves the acceptance of imperfections and the natural cycles of birth, growth, decay and death. The key to having a wabi-sabi garden is striking a perfect balance between nature and nurture.
So think moss-covered stones, weathered pots and overgrown plants. Embrace the imperfections of your space, relax and watch nature take its course. Plus, having a wabi-sabi garden is a perfectly frugal and eco-friendly way to design a gorgeous outdoor space that will only get more beautiful with time.
2. Edible gardens
No matter if you’re vegan, vegetarian or carnivore, everyone loves to have homegrown food. Now, thanks to the grow-your-own-food movement, you will not only have fresh veggies and fruit on your table, but also be on trend! If you’re limited by space, pumpkins, squashes and legumes should be your first choice. Also, tomatoes, greens and herbs grow well in boxes and pots, in case you really can’t give up any of your outdoor space.
3. Al fresco dining
A great way to make the best use of your garden is to create an attractive dining area. Having a cozy outdoor dining space is one of the biggest gardening trends in the past few years, especially popular among people who have a tiny kitchen or dining room. However, in order to have a practical and safe dining area, you must embark on a little construction journey.
Luckily, there are trusted landscape construction experts who can help you with the design and perform your decking, paving and tiling and even handle your electrical requirements. They work closely with their clients, so anything you need, they will provide! All you need to do is get some cozy furniture and you’re ready to enjoy your summer days in the sun with some tasty food. If you have space, you can even throw in a BBQ for the freshest and tastiest meals.
4. Vertical gardens
If you have a tiny outdoor space, but you still want to be up-to-date with the newest trends, why not opt for a vertical garden? Installation of these practical yet beautiful gardens is quite simple even for DIY beginners. All you need is some steel cable for hanging, a few clay pots and you’re ready to plant! The best thing about hanging gardens is that they serve as living pieces of art while taking very little of your space.
5. Multipurpose sheds
Another big trend is having multipurpose spaces that will save you square footage while providing you with various benefits. So, for instance, you can buy or construct a garden shed that will fit all your gardening tools and necessities, and also allow you to have a small yet practical workshop or DIY area. This way, you can practice your hobbies AND have a tidy and clutter-free backyard.
Eco-friendliness is not a new trend, but it’s just too important to be left out of any list. Make sure to think about sustainability when designing, remodeling and landscaping your garden and you’ll not only create a more cost-effective space, but also help our planet get back on its feet.
So, think solar lighting, drought-resistant plants, leaf blowers, water-harvesting systems and other green garden additions. You can also visit your local thrift shops and reclaimed wood dealers to salvage some great items and give them a new life in your garden.
See? Having a stylish garden doesn’t have to be hard and expensive. So, don’t be scared to embark on a remodeling journey and you’ll surely end up with a trendy outdoor space you’ll be proud to show off!
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