Sustainable Fun Outdoor Spaces
As the weather hot’s up for summer my family have just re-discovered our garden and I have realised it could use a little tlc.
Here are a few ways to jazz up even the smallest outdoor space that are fun and sustainable or recycled.
Home grown & water harvesting:
If you are tight on space the best way to grow is upwards. Pick your sunniest wall and purchase a number of ‘wally one’ wall planters, then decide what you most fancy growing. Fresh herbs are always great to have on hand and another of my favourites is rocket. It is so expensive at the shops, grows really easily and tastes much spicier when picked and eaten straight away.
These old steel pipes create a really cool border to raised vegetable beds or any planted border and the really beauty is that they age and transform along with the garden.
Garantia have designed a really good looking rainwater harvester if you have the space. You have a ready supply of water for the garden and they are a whole lot better looking than most of the water butts you can buy.
Design features and accessorising:
These floating LED ball lights from smartandgreen are self-charging and add a stunning contemporary look to a water feature. And who could resist the allure of this pink glow as the sun sets!
Another really useful and age old ‘optical trick’ is to use mirrors in your garden room. Ideally use acrylic mirror as it will not tarnish in the rain, but you can create a lengthening effect that really amplifies the feeling of space and brings extra light into a dark corner.
Tall planters with dense foliage and sharp tiling create a contemporary look that is both decorative and practical as an updated hedgerow/screen, especially effective in small gardens or roof top spaces with some special hidden furniture for a wonderfully private escape.
A simple al-fresco shower can be built using solar heated rainwater for sustainable seasonal bathing. This may seem a little optimistic in our climate but is a great way to hose down the kids after a time in the paddling pool, playing on the climbing frame or helping with the gardening!