Gardens are an important part of our lives. They give us space to relax and unwind outdoors, and the satisfaction of seeing the landscape change with the seasons. Many studies have shown that gardens and outdoor spaces improve our mood and wellbeing, and a great garden can just lift our spirits. We have seen this more than ever this year, as many of us have learned to appreciate the simple pleasure our gardens can give us, while many regular activities are restricted.
Practicality Brown have been helping create inspired outdoor spaces for over 20 years. Here are just a few ideas on how you can make the most of your outdoor space.
Taking the time to update or improve your garden may make your property easier to sell, should that be your goal. However there are more immediate benefits for you and your family to use and enjoy the improved outdoor space. An outdoor area designed around your specific needs and preferences can optimise the space and act as an extension of the home.
A SPACE TO DE-STRESS & RELAX
Many studies suggest that spending time outdoors can help alleviate stress, as well as improving mental wellbeing and mood. A garden designed and created with your needs in mind, can bring all the benefits of spending time in nature into the comfort of your own home.
GARDEN THEMES & ROOMS
You could take inspiration from heritage properties and divide your garden into themed areas or rooms. This can really maximise the feel and use of your outdoor space, even relatively small gardens can be made to feel much larger. Using trees or hedges will help create garden rooms, whether you want to create a relaxed outdoor lounge area with sofas, rugs and lighting or a dining area sheltered from the elements.
SCREENING & PRIVACY
You can create privacy in your garden by planting mature hedging to give you instant screening. Buying pre-grown hedges, such as our Practical Instant HedgeTM ensures that you have a solution to create a private, secure garden without waiting for small plants to grow into a hedge.
The best hedges for screening and privacy are those that are ready grown for that purpose, and in particular, evergreen instant hedges. They provide great screening all year round, and will give an attractive backdrop to your garden.
HOW TO USE INSTANT HEDGE
TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE
Using Instant HedgeTM to section off areas in your garden is easy. The production method of Practical Instant HedgeTM for example, ensures it is easy to handle, because it is pre-grown in 1m troughs and there’s no worry about “transplant” shock.
Here are just a few ideas for creating unique spaces in your garden
• Outdoor lounge
• Sheltered Dining Area
• Children’s play area
• Secret garden and secluded space • Vegetable Plot
USE OF COLOURS
An evergreen hedge isn’t just one colour, Practical Instant HedgeTM comes in many different varieties to suit your individual taste. If you like bright modern colours, then the apple green leaves of Griselinia could be your favourite. If shiny leaves, which look great in the sunshine, are more your thing, then take a look at Common Laurel.
For classic elegance, nothing can really beat the traditional Yew. Or if subtle greys will give your garden the look it needs, Elaeagnus would be perfect. There are many more varieties of instant hedge that will help make your garden the perfect individual and personal space.
We hope this has given you some ideas about how to make the most of your outdoor space. If you would like to know more about what makes our Practical Instant HedgeTM special, please look at our website, particularly our projects and blogs.
Horticultural Team at Practicality Brown Ltd
Images: Hampton Court Garden Festival 2019 showing Practical Instant Hedge™ in Lifestyle Gardens