A to Z Outdoor Design Guide: Zen

When warm weather arrives, most people prefer to be outside as much as possible, making an outdoor space more than just a garden. Today, gardens are multi-purpose areas that reflect personal interests and personalities, and are often used for the same activities that take place indoors.

A to Z Outdoor Design Guide: Water Features

Water features can be as simple or grand as you wish and are suitable for any sized outdoor space. A wall mounted option is great for those with limited space, while a fountain or pond feature work well in a more spacious area. Both require very little maintenance but bring so much visual interest to a garden.

A to Z Outdoor Design Guide: Vegetable Patch

Reconnect with the earth by designing your own vegetable garden. It’s so satisfying to go into the backyard to collect fresh, enviro-friendly, GMO-free, organic produce that you cultivated from seed. A veggie patch offers colour, texture and fragrance. Choose from tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers, carrots, leeks, and such leafy greens as lettuce, chard and kale to create a living work of art. A vegetable patch needn’t occupy a lot of space. Use simple garden boxes, which can be staggered or tiered, and pots, if space is limited .

A to Z Outdoor Design Guide: Umbrellas

Whether you have a preference for strong, solid colours or vibrant patterns, there are many different umbrella options available out there. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect parasol to compliment your outdoor décor scheme.

A to Z Outdoor Design Guide: Solar Shading

Solar shades are perfect for reducing sun glare without completely blocking out light or obstructing your garden view. Not only will solar shades protect you and your family from harmful UV rays, they offer protection to furniture and fabrics and can protect the exterior of your home, making it more energy efficient.

A to Z Outdoor Design Guide: Terrariums

Talk about a gorgeous way to show off your green thumb. A terrarium is a small clear glass container filled with plants to create a miniature garden eco-system. Low-maintenance and self-watering, terrarium plants get all the moisture they need from recycled water that disperses throughout the container.

A to Z Outdoor Design Guide: Recycled Elements

Create an eco-conscious garden by introducing thrifty, up-cycled décor or re-used materials. Scouring for salvage can be a lot of fun and is great way to express your creativity. Sourcing unique and inexpensive garden art can be as easy as scouting out old items you own, or asking family and friends for items they may no longer want.