With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to renew your outdoor space with any of these gardening projects…
This spring, if you start to tackle a few gardening projects over the next few weekends, you’ll be able to entertain in a beautiful, lush garden come summer.
What’s more, if you’re planning on selling, a gorgeous garden could set your home apart from the competition.
“First impressions last, and a beautiful garden can add significant value to your property sale timeline,” says Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa, “The garden is an escape and a place to find solace, so a well laid out and inviting garden can be a big drawcard to buyers.”
Here are a few spring gardening projects to consider:
1. Add lighting
One of the biggest gardening trends of the moment is ambient lighting.
Glenice Ebedes of Grounded Landscaping says gardening lighting helps extend an entertainment area beyond the home interior, incorporating the outdoors to make it more usable and enticing at night.
2. Build a fire pit
Adding a fire pit is another way of extending an entertainment area and provides the opportunity to be under the stars on cooler evenings.
3. Create an outdoor room
Another key trend is creating an ‘outdoor room’ – a private area in the garden that has its own theme and is separate from the rest.
“This can be a permanently constructed zone or something more laid back. It all depends on your lifestyle and your home,” says Ebedes.
Picture an area scattered with oversized cushions under the shade of a leafy tree or a zone spread with pebbles and stepping stones where you can literally slow down your pace.
4. Pretty up flower beds
When it comes to flower beds, the first rule of green thumb is to choose plants that will thrive in the environment – which includes how much sun the garden gets.
According to Ebedes, perennials are winning favourability over annuals.
“Perennials are plants that don’t die but that continue to thrive from one season to the next. Unlike annuals which are high maintenance and need to be replaced every season, perennials keep going and bring lovely seasonal colour,” she says.
Homeowners who love blooms should also look for perennials that flower for longer periods.
Another way of bringing different hues into a garden is to mix flower beds by planting a variety of flowering perennials that come into bloom at different times, this ensures that there are flowers across the four seasons. Shrubs such as the indigenous Anisodontea species flower prolifically for most of the year and thrive in most parts of South Africa.
Bursts of colour can also be added through foliage. Crassula capitella ‘Campfire’ is an indigenous, low-growing succulent with leaves that turn from green to a brilliant red when exposed to the sun. It’s ideal for areas bathed in direct sunlight for most of the day.
5. Spring garden maintenance
- Enrich your soil with compost
- Add mulch to beds and potted plants to prevent moisture loss
- Apply organic fertiliser
- Replace invasive species with indigenous plants, as this results in fewer pests and diseases in the garden. These plants also attract a lot of wildlife such as birds, butterflies and interesting insects.