Greener living A stylish garden environment throughout the year
Flower beds, pots or flower boxes, romantic, minimalist or Mediterranean, monochrome or full of colour – for anyone wishing to design their own individual environment in their garden or on their terrace, rigorous planning is always the starting point. A harmoniously coordinated planting plan is always the key to a year-round green oasis, however little space may be available.
The design code for a stylish garden
Anyone seeking to create their own individual outdoor environment is free to indulge their personal tastes as they wish, of course. It is nevertheless wise to heed a few simple rules, so as as to ensure that the plants in the garden or on the terrace present a stylish overall appearance rather than just a motley assembly of greenery. Smaller flowers should never be planted alone, for example, but in groups of three at least, so as to produce attractive little islands of serenity. It goes without saying that larger plants should be positioned in the background, so that smaller varieties can be shown off to best advantage. Large shrubs and bushes are also ideal for the purposes of privacy or for concealing unsightly walls.
A home for insects and birds
Bees and butterflies are especially partial to the pollen and nectar of particular plants. Currants, sunflowers and wild chrysanthemums should be included among the seasonal plants to accommodate their tastes. Apart from berried bushes and meadows offering a rich variety of flowers, birds also love parts of the garden that offer a safe haven, such as natural hedges and sawn-off branches which are piled up under trees as brushwood.
Anyone considering a makeover of their garden may also wish to include surfacings for terraces, seating, paths and the bordering around flower beds in their planning. It’s good to know that natural materials such as ceramic tiles can be integrated into creative design ideas to lend a unique ambience to any setting. Tiles made of porcelain stoneware additionally offer a range of functional advantages in outdoor applications. In addition to being water-repellent, weather-resistant and frost-proof, any traces which the seasons may leave behind – such as blossom, leaves and moss – can be removed from the their surfaces with the greatest of ease.