The great outdoors
Discover a wealth of ideas and tips for your spring outdoor space. Whether it’s for a manicured lawn and pool area, a bush and boulders landscape, a covered patio or even a small balcony, there are plenty of ways to green your space. We look at landscaping trends from the experts and explore this season’s must-have outdoor furniture and accessories to update your look and provide a relaxing space for some much needed weekend down time.
With the intelligent use of textural plants, a varied, interesting and colourful garden can be created. Plants with leaves in a myriad of shapes, playing with heights, hard edged leaves alongside softer grasses and the effect is textural and always mesmerizing, explains Karin Morse from Karin’s Green Fingers.
More of a must, than a trend, in today’s climate, we cannot afford NOT to be water wise. Clever planting, using indigenous plants which require less water, reusing your shower and bath water and adding mulch to beds can all contribute explains Belinda McLintock of Botanical Bliss.
Sometimes a dramatic hanging basket is all you need to take a patio or balcony from drab to fab. Faan Boshoff is the man behind the Plant Whisperer. “Hanging baskets should be low maintenance and a piece of art that can last for months. A basket of plants can look after itself through the correct plant choice.”
More people are turning to potted plants than ever before. It could be because they are easy to move around, can adapt to any space or are a lot easier to maintain. Whatever the reason, the humble pot plant is experiencing a rise in fame. Troos from The Fever Tree Nursery reveals the dos and don’ts of potting a plant.