Give your outdoor area a spring makeover
DIY and how-to
As the days grow longer and we spend more time outside, breathing new life into your outdoor space becomes easy.
We share a few fresh ideas to give your garden and patio a spring makeover.
Landscaping is a great way to change things up:
- Start by selecting a colour scheme that speaks to the emotions you’d like to evoke. Pastel hues can add a sense of serenity, while vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges can add energy and warmth to your garden.
- Incorporate a focal point, such as a sculpture, water feature, or vertical garden, to draw the eye and anchor your space.
- To add depth and interest, consider using various textures, such as smooth river rocks and feathery grasses. Accessorise your space with decorative elements like wind chimes, macrame planters, or outdoor art. These touches should reflect your personality and style, making the garden, balcony, or patio feel like an extension of your home.
- Pay attention to your seating area. After all, this is where you’ll relax, entertain, and enjoy the beauty of your garden. Clean things up after winter and add fresh cushions, seat covers, throws, outdoor lanterns, and solar-powered lights.
Use plant baskets
One of the easiest ways to add a touch of spring to your living space is by incorporating plant baskets. These containers come in various sizes, materials, and designs, making them an excellent choice for revamping your balcony, stoep, or pool area.
You can create vertical gardens with hooks or wall-mounted brackets for a visually interesting display and plant herbs and other edibles for easy access to fresh ingredients. Alternatively, plant seasonal flowers such as pansies, nemesias, or petunias to add some cheer to your space.
Add a delicious monster or three
If you’re looking for a natural way to create privacy to your outdoor area, consider planting a row of Monstera plants. Their lush foliage will form a stunning green wall as they grow, offering both seclusion and style.
Certain Monstera plants are also ideal for hanging planters. Allow their trailing vines to cascade for a striking visual effect.
Add visual interest with wall plants
Wall plants can transform a plain wall into a living work of art. Train plants like ivy, wisteria, and jasmine to climb trellises or frames attached to your outdoor walls. Their fragrant flowers will breathe life into your space while providing shade and privacy.
For a modern, low-maintenance option, consider a succulent vertical garden. Choose a variety of succulents and arrange them in a planter, such as a pallet or a specially designed wall pocket. These drought-tolerant plants require minimal care, making them an excellent choice for beginner (and busy) gardeners.
Incorporate shade-loving plants
Not every outdoor area gets enough sun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a vibrant, thriving garden. Hostas, ferns and begonias all love darker, shadier areas. Chat to a garden expert in-store about shade-loving plants that will thrive in your garden.
Mulch and compost for a healthy garden
Remember that mulching and composting are important in creating an enviable garden.
Mulching can add a polished look to your outdoor space and helps retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Spread a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips, rooibos, or straw, around plants and trees to provide these benefits while enriching the soil over time.
Conversely, composting makes for a sustainable way to recycle kitchen scraps and garden waste. Spring is an ideal time to kick-start your compost pile or bin, as warmer weather accelerates decomposition. You’ll enrich your garden with valuable nutrients, fostering healthy plant growth.
Revitalise your lawn
Don’t overlook your lawn in your makeover journey. During the winter, lawns often accumulate debris that hinders healthy growth. Removing these unwanted layers is essential in spring.
This process (scarification) not only improves the appearance of your lawn but also enhances its resilience against pests and diseases. Spring is the perfect time for scarification as the grass enters a period of active growth.
We’re here to help
Giving your outdoor area a spring makeover can be a rewarding experience. What’s more, we’ll do the planning and heavy lifting with you. Tap into our Consultants-on-Call service to make your spring makeover process as fun and easy as possible.