Your outdoor space can truly be a sanctuary away from it all if it’s done right. As not everyone has a massive budget to allocate to redesigning their gardens and backyards, this guide allows budding gardeners and families to create a relaxing outdoor space on a budget.
The article will include tips on purse-friendly plants such as succulents which will last a long time and will liven up any space with ease (and low maintenance). Climbers will help liven windows whilst family-friendly and low maintenance plants will help keep your garden alive with minimum upkeep.
How Succulents Are a Great Plant Choice When On a Budget
The really cool thing about a country like Australia is we have a very diverse variety of plants that are in the succulent range of flora. Interestingly, some of these plants are not native and were introduced to the Aussie climate over the years.
Succulents are hardy and long-lasting plants that will survive even with a minimum of maintenance. If you plant succulents, you really do save money due to the fact of their longevity. You don’t have to keep replacing them with new plants and they don’t require a lot of TLC.
When it comes to succulents you have a lot of colour choices too, so they’re sure to liven up any outdoor space. While they will grow in moist, tropical climates, they thrive more in arid and dry regions.
Some examples of succulents include:
- Aloe Vera
- Burro’s Tail
- Sempervivum Tectorum
- Jade Plant
- Zebra Plant
- And more...
For advice on what will work best in your garden, call in a garden and lawn specialist.
Add Some Climbers To Brighten Up Your Windows
Most of us spend time and money dressing up the windows on the interior of our homes with curtains, blinds or even shutters, but often the exterior is neglected and left bare. To add a touch of nature to your home’s exterior, vines and other climbing plants can really breathe new life into your outdoor sanctuary. Because they tend to grow up and not out, you don’t need a lot of backyard space to accommodate climbing plants.
Some good examples would be wisteria, bougainvillea or star jasmine. There are actually quite a few to choose from, with some being flowering plants.
Apart from planting climbers to decorate your windows, if you have the space and the budget, you could even erect a trellis and encourage your flowering climbing plants to grow over it. It’ll certainly add a new dimension to your garden.
Add Coloured Bark To Your Garden Beds
While your gardens might contain some lovely plants and shrubs, bare earth can look very boring and, well, rather dirty. Instead of plain dirt nestled beneath your lush plants, buy some coloured bark from a landscape supplier and cover the garden beds with it. You’ll be amazed at the results and it doesn’t cost a lot either.
Another great thing about decorating with bark is it’s very lightweight, so not back-breaking work in the slightest. Over time that bark will break down and add more nutrients to your gardens, helping your plants and flowers to flourish even more.
Create a Pathway Around Your Yard
This doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. You could use concrete pavers, but there are cheaper options, such as using gravel. Another advantage to the gravel idea is that any rainwater simply drains through it, leaving your pathway relatively dry.
If you cut the pathway through your lawn, for best results you’ll want to concrete the edges to keep it neat and tidy and then fill it in with gravel. It’s not hard to do and really shouldn’t cost a lot of money.
Plant Seeds Instead of Buying Plants
Okay, it’s a slower and less-certain process, but buying some packets of seeds for flowers and plants is a lot cheaper than buying actual plants.
There is a certain satisfaction that comes from growing plants from seed too. It’s even something cool for the kids to get involved in. You plant the seeds as per the instructions, then experience that thrill when you first see the new plant break the surface of the soil and start flourishing.
Daniel Fudge is the managing Director at Hort Culture, a Sydney based garden services provider specialising in maintenance in the residential, commercial and strata sector. He has been in the Horticulture industry for over 15 Years.