Gardens are one of your home’s most important rooms. Just like your lounge room, they can be redecorated — and it’s not just plants that make a fabulous garden.
Special features or luxury items can really make an impact. These can include sculptures, water features, large urns, huge rocks, fire pits, outdoor furniture or a collection of rare plants.
If you are really keen and have determination, you can make your own green gabion wall.
Outdoor green walls require maximum maintenance in Perth and plants will need to be replaced on a regular basis. The outside air temperature is pretty harsh on green walls, even if they are in a protected area. Choose your plants wisely and remember, green walls need watering up to three times a day in summer.
There are many examples of gabion walls around Perth but to make them look outstanding is another thing. The builder has to place each individual stone so that it fits in with others.
Basically, it’s dry stone walling and takes many, many hours and a lot of patience. Once built, however, you have it for a lifetime.
Water features are such a valuable addition in hot-climate gardens.
They have a soothing effect and make you feel cooler, just by the sight and sound of water.
Sitting and watching moving water is an immediate de-stresser, particularly in the evening when you are winding down from work.
Water features also require maintenance. Pumps and filters need cleaning, water needs to be topped up regularly and reservoirs will also need to be kept clean to alleviate problems with algae and mosquitoes.
There are many fabulous sculptures that can be placed at strategic points in the garden. When purchasing, though, bear in mind that they need to fit the theme of the garden. Is it formal or informal? Does your garden have the right space to showcase the sculpture? Is the scale right with the surrounding vegetation?
Never put a small feature in a large blank space; it loses significance.
There are all kinds of glam goodies you can add to your garden to give it something special — but it needs to be the right fit.
Plan carefully and think about how the vegetation works with the object to add another dimension to your overall theme.
A little bit of luxe is a fun and worthwhile investment that can really put your personality stamp on your patch.