A beautiful garden doesn’t have to be a space that is impractical. While water features and gorgeous decking are lovely, they don’t serve much of a purpose. If you are looking at going down the route of the good life, there are some ways that you can have a practical yet beautiful space. A garden is so much more than simply lovely flowers and decor. Think about your home dynamic and what you need the garden space for. Then, build a garden that fits in with those needs.
Here are some of our favorite practical garden solutions.
Space for Food
Growing your own has become ever more popular since the recession. What’s more, the organic food craze has seen fit to more people than ever growing their own vegetables and fruit. Making a space in your garden to grow your own vegetables is important if this is a practical solution that you would like to take the helm of. Some simple power tools can help you make a space for your food haven. Sites such as the Impatient Farmer are a mine of information on how to create the food garden of your dreams. These tools can help you get rid of weeds, which are perilous to those that want to grow their own. Make sure that you use the right tools to cultivate the soil. This ensures premium growth and keeps pesky weeds at bay. Compost will also be your friend, as well as mulch, as your veggies will need healthy soil to grow. Having a vegetable plot in your garden will in no way hamper the aesthetic. Rather, choose sections of the garden that you want to grow vegetables in and border off with small trellis fencing. That way, you can have a beautiful garden that is oh-so-practical too.
Space for Wildlife
Many of us deem ourselves as wildlife lovers, but is our garden practical for the wildlife that visits it? Pretty nesting boxes give the space a beautiful look, but ensuring that you have the right trees and shrubbery is important too. Native trees are vital in attracting insects, and ultimately birds, to your home. Wildflowers are brilliant for attracting the humble bumble bee. The key to making your garden a more attractive space for wildlife is to keep it wild. Manicured lawns and overly designed gardens are unattractive to wildlife. Keep your garden messy with a rustic vibe to ensure that your garden is a safe space for all creatures.
Spaces for the family
Family life is best enjoyed outdoors, but often the water features of contemporary gardens are incompatible with family life. Practical hardscaping is a great solution, but don’t think that a lack of grass means that the overall look is damaged in some way. This is not the case. Beautiful bark in natural tones and gravel of all different hues can make your outdoor space a beautiful place to relax within. Paths, patios, and terraces are perfect for family life and can be made very attractive with potted plants and such. Or, if you prefer to have some greenery in your outdoor area, trellis dividers can ensure that safety and practicality come first.