Living in a flat with no garden or outside space (although exciting news to follow…) I’ve begun to appreciate how lovely it is to have a garden to come home to. At the moment my garden to come home to is that of my Mum and Dad, who have transformed the space from boring concrete to somewhere to relax and unwind.
I always used to joke to my mum that I’d never be into gardening; I would watch her tend to her plants with enthusiasm and would always think of a hundred and one other leisurely pursuits that I could be partaking in.
And let’s face it, gardening it yet to have it’s cool makeover. Baking has had it with Mary Berry and things like sewing and craft work has had a resurgence. But when I think of gardening I still think of Alan Titchmarsh and the Ground Force days.
But having basked in my parent’s garden in the recent good weather that the UK has enjoyed I’ve come to realise that gardening can in fact be exciting. I suddenly had a desire to share what they have achieved with the world.
Their garden isn’t large and there’s in fact no grass but with more and more first time buyers unable to afford a property with vast outside space (or no space at all if you’re in a city) I thought it apt to share my favourite selection of what they’ve concocted to create their own little corner of paradise.
Mirrors instantly make a space look larger. Once reserved for inside the home, outdoor mirrors are becoming more popular. My parents picked this one up in a local garden centre and I love the shabby chic style of it, as it really fits in with the rustic Mediterranean feel that the garden oozes.
Cacti are a cheap, exotic addition and require little maintenance as they rarely need watering. I in fact managed to kill my recent cactus plant through, I suspect, over watering so less really is more!
Lights hung around the edge of the mirror give a pretty finishing touch and allows the mirror to become a great focal point when the sun goes down.
I love the idea of utilising wall space, especially in a garden where ground space is precious.
Mum and Dad bought this wall plaque when, you guessed it, we went to New York in 2010. It was such an amazing trip and one we all still talk about today.
Instead of staying in downtown New York we opted to stay in Brooklyn, which is (and was unknown to us at the time) very hipster-ish. So in fact this goes really well with the style of the garden; as it’s not all straight lines, greenery and well tended much like the Brooklyn district.
I think it’s great to inject some personality into a garden as a centre piece wall like this will be a talking point for guests and acts as a way to reminisce about the good times.
This was a recent addition to the garden and if space is tight on the ground why not create a mini floral skyscraper and go upwards?
An old step ladder can be transformed into the perfect place to put pots and the varying heights gives an extra depth to the garden compared to objects all at one level.
To grow food that you can eat most people conjure up the image of an allotment. But growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs is relatively easy to do and can be done in the tightest of spaces, even on a balcony.
Mum has chosen a selection of herbs as well as a tomato and cucumber plant. The latter is the cutest to grow as it starts out so small (you wonder how on earth it will grow into something remotely edible) and then suddenly there’s this huge cucumber dangling off the plant, defying gravity.
I’d love to hear your own suggestions as to how to create your little slice of Eden. Comments are welcome below!