As spring comes into full bloom, and we start to look ahead to those glorious summer days of picnics and barbecues, there is no better time to get out into your garden and get in touch with nature than in your own backyard.
Gardening and landscaping aren’t just for the green-thumbed experts, it’s a great way for anyone to make their home a brighter, cleaner, and friendlier place. And to have some fun in the process!
We’re going to share 4 ways and reasons in which we believe gardening and landscaping can improve your home:
1. Brighten Up Your Day
Gardening and landscaping shouldn’t be seen as chores, or as activities to be done every now and then. In reality, they can be an amazing way to improve your daily routine and brighten up your home.
Rise In The Morning: Relax In The Evening
Flowering Plants aren’t just a beautiful addition to any garden, with their vibrant colours and soothing scents livening up your outdoor space. They can serve as a way of punctuating your daily routine. By planting morning blooming plants you can give yourself a good reason to get out of bed early, starting your day with a relaxing spot of gardening. While evening blooming plants means you can wind down on the patio after a long day, and watch the sunset over the Victoria sky.
Make Your Own Menagerie
A garden doesn’t have to be limited to just the usual plants and nothing more, it can be a great way of making things more interesting by finding exotic or unique plants. Or even using it to attract a variety of wildlife.
One great way to bring a spot of vibrancy and excitement to your garden is to plant species that are known to attract hummingbirds. This includes:
- Bee Balm
- Morning Glories
With their bright colours and distinctive sound, hummingbirds would add an organic excitement to any garden. You don’t have to stop there though, there is a whole host of wildlife that will be attracted to any flourishing garden.
2. Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own vegetables isn’t just an exciting and rewarding hobby, it’s a great way to save on money when it comes to your grocery bill. There is something very rewarding when it comes to the experience of cooking with vegetables and herbs grown in your own garden. And that satisfaction doubles when you take a look at your grocery bill and realize just how much you’ve saved!
We’ve decided to offer some of our favourite suggestions for vegetables and herbs you can grow, but don’t be afraid to experiment.
These incredibly versatile vegetables are great in the summer, but equally useful all year round. In addition to their culinary uses, the bright and vibrant colours of peppers will add a nice flourish of colour to your garden.
Whether you’re looking to whip up a delicious salad or add a tasty fixing to a home-made burger, salad greens are a common staple in any fridge. They are also among the easiest vegetables to grow, meaning you can have your own arugula or lettuce coming through in no time.
For many of us, the idea of picking berries in the summer will evoke a certain sense of fondness and nostalgia. So why not recreate that sensation in your own back garden? Berry plants require some patience, but the thought of a mouthwatering pie or cobbler bursting with handpicked berries should be enough to get you through.
No Soil? No Problem
Whether it’s due to a lack of space or other factors, your ability to grow plants and herbs isn’t limited by a lack of soil. Hydroponics, the science of growing plants without soil by feeding them on mineral nutrients, is becoming increasingly common, especially in more urban spaces. This can be a great way to creatively use space and grow your own vegetables or herbs, through the installation of a living wall or roof garden.
3. Green Fingers
Keeping your garden environmentally friendly is more important than ever. Not only is it something that will help the environment, and contribute to a more sustainable society, it can also help to make your garden into a vibrant and exciting part of your home.
One of the best and easiest ways to improve the environmental footprint of your garden is to take a few small steps towards making it a bee-friendly environment. Not only are bees a valuable part of our ecosystem, in the summer you’ll have a garden that is teeming with the signs and sounds of nature in bloom.
- Choosing plants that are naturally bee-friendly is the first and most important step, some of the best options for this include low growing heathers, crocuses, cherry trees, and a hanging basket of in-season flowers.
- We understand the temptation to have a perfectly manicured lawn, but by letting it grow you provide ample and important cover for bees. It also gives your garden a unique and often spectacular natural aesthetic - just don’t let it get too long!
- No pesticides! This can’t be stressed enough, but pesticides are irreparably harmful to both bees and other insects, and ultimately damaging for the environment.
4. Increase Your Home’s Value
If you’re looking to make a move in the near future, you’re going to be looking for any way you can find to increase the value of your home, and if you aren’t then it’s still couldn’t hurt to improve the curb appeal of your property.
One area in which homeowners often fail to take full advantage of their property’s potential is in the garden and surrounding land. We’ve suggested just a few of the many ways in which you can, and should, be using gardening and landscaping to maximize the value of your home.
Frame Your Home Like A Portrait
Don’t just consider your garden as a separate element, think of how it relates to the rest of the property, and how it can be used to frame some of your home’s best features. It’s important when doing this to consider the style of your home, if it’s a larger period property, consider a more ornate garden. If it’s a modern new build, go with something sleek, with contemporary water features. Alternatively, consider the target demographic for your home, and use the garden to highlight hobbies or interests that may appeal to them.
Changing Of The Seasons
You want your property to look attractive all year round, and this means making sure your planting is in keeping with the current season. Not only will this improve the aesthetic appeal, but it will also allow prospective buyers to envision the home as a year-round proposition, one they can imagine themselves living in.