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Lush Life… How to Create Your Own Garden – Inside or Out

Short of outdoor space?

We’ve got some tips on how to make the most of your property with some quick and easy solutions. Ok, it would be amazing to have a huge garden but size isn’t everything and with these suggestions you can have your very own tropical paradise.

Spring has sprung and summer is waiting in the wings but what if you don’t have anywhere to enjoy the welcome new seasons? Don’t despair; we have some super-stylish ideas on how to create a cool garden feel to your home. Just because you’re in a flat or a house with little or no outdoor living space, doesn’t mean you can’t have a mini oasis to chill in now that the sunshine is here. Gardens are few and far between in many London homes but, with some imagination and flair, you can transform even the smallest of spaces or even give your lounge or kitchen a garden-style makeover.

Totally Tropical Interiors

A great way to bring the outdoors to any inside living space is to go for a botanical style décor theme. An exotic palm print wallpaper in your lounge will really do the job. Perhaps stick to papering one wall though – you don’t want to overdo it, or you’ll feel like you’re living in a rainforest.

Style it up with rattan, wicker or bamboo furniture and accessories and, there you have it – the living room is now your own tropical hideaway.

If you don’t want to commit to giving your main living space the full green-fingered treatment, you can always show the kitchen some botanical TLC. Opt for green tones in your colour scheme and if you have space, add a little bistro-style table and chairs. A statement houseplant as your centrepiece will be quite effective too. Plus, you can always grow some herbs indoors at your kitchen window – who needs an allotment!?

Houseplants – whether they’re real or artificial, can really add flair to your décor as well as helping to create the illusion of an indoor garden. Place some in as many corners or shelves as you can and enjoy that leafy view.

Window Boxes

One of the obvious things you can do if you don’t have a garden is to add window boxes, which will add instant colour and beauty to even the smallest of properties. Make sure your containers are secure but also check there are drainage holes in them – essential for when you water the plants. Begonias, geraniums, pansies and petunias are all popular window box plants but ask the assistant at your local garden centre for advice on what works best for your space – especially if it’s an area that doesn’t get a lot of sunlight. There are some plants and flowers that thrive better in the shade.

Pretty Porches and Flowery Front doors

Again, if you’re really lacking in garden space, your doorsteps or porch can be transformed with some tubs and pots. Hanging baskets can also look stunning outside a front door in summer and these can be bought ready-made without you having to get your hands dirty. Topiary style plants and mini trees can look very stylish at your front door too. Depending on how much space you have to play with, you could mix these up with some flower planters for a nice combination of colour and greenery.

Nature Lessons

If you’ve got small kids, why not let them choose some plants or seeds and let them take care of them as they grow. They can be in charge of watering them, and for fun, they can give them names too. Let them add some clip-on butterflies or toy birds and let their imaginations run riot. Not only will you be introducing some lovely foliage to your home, the kids can learn a bit about nature too.

Revamp Those Patios and Balconies

If you’re lucky enough to have a bijou balcony or patio, there are few simple changes you can make which will give you your own little secret garden. You could create a wall of flowers by attaching a wooden panel or trellis and grow some pretty climbers against it. This will look very effective and because climbing plants take up little floor space, you won’t have to sacrifice any sitting area. Voila! A vertical garden.

Alternatively, buy a tiered plant stand, big enough to take several small pots and lean that by the wall instead. Like before, choose plants that will thrive in these conditions – is your patio or balcony shady or, does it get sunlight all day? Keep this in mind when you’re buying your plants or bulbs.

If you’re feeling creative, you could fill some hanging baskets or put lots of little terracotta pots on your plant stand. Go for vibrant reds and deep pinks, which will create that Mediterranean look – perfect for sipping a cool drink out there on a hot day. You can pretend you’re on holiday in sunny Spain.

You can always paint the pots to match your colour scheme or outside brickwork too.

If you have patio doors leading out onto your balcony or small terrace, try to leave your curtains or blinds open when you’re home during the day. Even if you’re inside, you’ll be able to look out onto your plants and baskets and see something of a green space, whatever the weather.

These easy tweaks can really make a difference to your home and, without having to spend a fortune, you can have that garden view you’ve always wanted.

Have you made a garden space out of nothing? Why not share your tips and suggestion with us on our Facebook page? We’d love to see your creations!

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