There is this misconception that a lovely garden is hard to grow and even harder to maintain. If you have kids and dogs, you might be deterred even more from having a garden. With a little research and some planning, you will be surprised by how many options are out there to create a beautiful backyard garden.
All it takes is a willingness to plant the garden as you can even choose bushes and trees that do not need much maintenance. Your backyard will become a soothing space for you and a great area to relax and entertain guests. You may even be surprised to learn how much a well-maintained garden can add to your house’s value.
Build a Greenhouse
You can have a custom-built glass luxury greenhouse designed exactly the way you want and installed as a conservatory accessible from your backdoor. Because it is a greenhouse, it will not need to be heated in winter and allows you to grow all kinds of plants year-round.
A greenhouse is a wonderful way to bring the beauty of nature into your home within a controlled setting. Not only is it useful, but greenhouses also have an aesthetic appeal that will add to the overall beauty of your home.
Always Choose Local Plants
If you prefer to be out in nature more directly, then consider filling your garden with local plants. Plants that are native to the area are more likely to thrive under your car. They will also be free or very cheap to buy and require relatively low maintenance care.
If you are in a dry region, look for hardy grasses and cacti, and succulents. If you are in a wetter region, look for large leafy plants and root vegetables that will hold your soil and keep it from washing away.
Potted Plants Are Great for Indoor and Outdoor
Having potted plants is almost like having a mobile garden. They also offer more versatility in garden design as you can move them around as you please. It also allows easier access when specifically maintaining the grass of the backyard as you can simply move them right off the ground.
Using potted plants also means that you have a constant source of decor inside your home. If you plant a large enough variety of seeds, you can have flowering plants to place in various areas of your home at any time of year.
Go for Year-Round Appeal
It is a very good idea to choose plants that bloom in different seasons. A bare garden is not an attractive sight and seeing it may lower your spirits even if you know that it will be bursting with color in spring.
Choose perennial plants to border your garden so that they will create an attractive frame for most of the year. Place seasonal plants in beds or among the borders in a way that allows you to maintain the general ornamental look of your garden no matter the season.
Plant for Utility
If you are far too busy to maintain a garden, then form your backyard into clearly designated plant beds and put your children in charge of the beds. Children thrive from doing chores. The discipline and responsibility of gardening can teach them valuable lessons while keeping them active in the fresh air.
Allows them to choose their plants but guide them towards choosing herbs and vegetables too. Being able to eat what they grow will encourage their interest while ensuring there are constant healthy foods in their diet.
Add Seating or a Gazebo
Adding an outdoor seating area or a gazebo at the end of the garden can help you plan out your landscaping efforts better. You can use the seating area as the center point of your garden and plan your planting around it.
Plants like lavender and chrysanthemums have beautiful and colorful blooms which also have the added effect of being natural bug repellents. Basil, mint, and chives are also big repellents but small enough to border a seating area. They have delicate and pretty leaves and are edible as well.
With these ideas, you can transform your backyard or garden into a beautiful space with practical uses. Working in a garden has many health benefits for both adults and children, and can help increase bonding between you and your children.
It is also a good investment as it can be a factor in providing you the ability to ask for a higher price in the event you choose to sell your house. Start small with a potted plant or two and you may be surprised to find that your thumb is greener than you thought.