Garden Ideas & Inspiration

Disguise or cover up vibracrete or precast concrete walls
Vibracrete - or precast concrete - walls are a common feature in many South African homes. They offer an affordable way to close off a property and create a private outdoor sanctuary. But vibracrete walls can be an eyesore, or at least an unattractive feature. Planting colourful shrubs is just one of the ways to hide vibracrete walls, and in this feature we look at easy and child-friendly ways to  disguise and cover up vibracrete walls.
The benefits of sustainable landscaping
Sustainable landscaping is more than just planting a few indigenous shrubs in the flower beds. It’s about creating a lifestyle in which both we and the environment benefit. The best way to start is by planning correctly and to design a garden that will suit your budget. We asked a prominent garden landscape to offer advice on sustainable landscaping.
Low maintenance garden design
As climate change wreaks havoc on gardens, with high temperatures and either low or high rainfall, designing a low-maintenance garden makes a lot of sense. Gravel paths and walkways allow for natural drainage and reduce the risk of flooding during the rainy season, while hardscapes and raised beds create a garden that is easy to maintain.
Green design for outdoor spaces
As homeowners gravitate outdoors, the sky is the limit when designing an outdoor living or entertaining area. This area, like any other area in a home, should incorporate green design in a way that it is harmonious with the surrounding vegetation and buildings, and provide a relaxing haven that is mentally relaxing.
Add lighting to your outdoor spaces
Not only practical, adding lighting to your outdoor or entertainment areas extends the amount of time you can spend relaxing in the garden. Whether you choose solar lights, or have an electrical point put in for low-voltage lights, installing outdoor lighting adds to your home in more ways than one. And your local Builders Warehouse stocks a wide selection of outdoor lighting options.
Sustainable garden design inspiration
Today's gardens not only consider the environment, they are designed to partner with the surrounding area and consider the needs of local wildlife. Take a look at a selection of garden design ideas that incorporate local plants and vegetation to the fullest.
Establish a beautiful lawn
Buying a brand new home more often than not means planning a garden from scratch. But where do you start when starting a new garden. Apart from putting together a plan of what you want in the garden, establishing a lawn area is the first step towards that perfect garden you want.
Mooibos vertical hanging gardens
The Mooibos garden is a collaboration between 6 UCT students. The concept behind the Mooibos Garden is to allow anyone to have a vertical garden on their wall. The product consists of a wooden framed box, which securely holds an array of pot plants. Very little space is needed and the Mooibos has been designed so that putting it up on your wall is as easy as hanging up a picture frame.
Establish privacy in a townhouse garden
Townhouse living does offer some benefits, but privacy is definitely not one of them. Most townhouse gardens have hardly any privacy, and many are overlooked by units on higher levels. So how do you establish some privacy in your own garden?

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Make the most of your garden
If you're like many homeowners, you consider the patio an extension of your home. So it's fair to ask: Would you be just as comfortable nestled in with your favourite book or preparing a meal in your outdoor space as you would in your living room or your kitchen? As you contemplate ways to improve your outdoor area, think about projects that can both extend the hours you spend outside and make the time you spend there more relaxing.
Planning and planting your dream garden
Moving into a new house normally means an outdoor space filled with soil and debris and perhaps a little spot of grass, or a garden someone else planted that doesn't meet up to your expectations. To plan the garden of your dreams it’s important to think about how you will use the space. Will it be used for entertaining family and friends? Is it a place to retreat? Will it be used as a play area for children ?
Garden design through the years
Is your garden old fashioned or trendy? Gardening has evolved over the past six decades and eras of fashionable plants have come and gone. We take a look back at the highlights ... of where gardening has come from and where it is going.
Moonlight globes
Add soft illumination to your outdoor spaces with the Moonlight Globe. These beautiful orbs add atmosphere and light to any garden, patio, pool deck or entertainment area, or can simply be used for contemporary decor.
Xeriscapes - the new design standard
Becoming a standard gardening standard in many new, upscale homes, Xeriscaping is a method of gardening that allows for easy maintenance and water wise design.
Take a break from the heat
Here in South Africa we spend a lot of time outdoors, whether it's sports and outings, or at home in our garden. When at home in the garden you need a cool, shady spot to sit and relax - a garden oasis - and this feature will inspire you to create a wonderful spot for taking time out on weekends.

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How to add curb appeal
We all want a home that is welcoming and attractive to look at. So how would you go about adding curb appeal?
A beautifully landscaped garden
Winter is the perfect time to action any changes you want to make to your garden, or put in a pool. It allows the garden and pool time to settle in and be ready for the summer months.
Glorius evening garden
Illuminate your summer garden with an enchanting space for relaxing or entertaining after the sun goes down. You can easily transform a garden space into a nocturnal paradise perfect for evenings in the garden.
Outdoor spaces that shine
If you are staying home over the holidays, chances are that you're going to be entertaining - and that normally includes outdoors. Just like your indoor living spaces, outdoors areas can become an intergral part of the home by providing more space for seating, entertaining or casual dining.
Create an outdoor oasis
We South Africans naturally move more of our attention toward the outdoors as the weather starts to warm up. Thoughts of sipping cool beers while sitting comfortably atop cozy loungers and braais instantly come to mind at the mere mention of summer.
Choosing the right patio furniture
There are plenty of different materials used to make patio furniture. Remember what your main use of the patio will be, that will help you decide on your purchase.
Landscape lighting
Lighting up the garden around a home not only provides a wonderful atmosphere for summer entertaining, it also serves to provide additional security, reduce the number of accidents in a night garden, and even increase the value of a home.
 

 

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