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 everyday activities that take place indoors.

A garden can serve as a much-needed retreat that – when well-designed and decorated – can increase a home’s liveable space.

Over the next 26 days, we’ll focus on the backyard by letter, with an A to Z guide full of smart and stylish outdoor decor ideas, along with useful and unique garden elements.

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L – Living Wall: A living wall (also called a “green wall”), is a vertical garden that can be partially or entirely covered by irrigated live plants. Constructed of modular panels – each of which contains its own soil or other growing medium – a living wall can be ever-changing with seasonal variations in colour, growth, flowers, and scent.

Not only do living walls offer an explosion of greenery and flowers, but studies have shown that they can enhance well-being and help reduce stress levels, improve air quality, provide insulation and work as sound barriers to reduce street noise

For information on how to build a living wall visit Squidoo.



Miss our last post from this A to Z guide? This guide is full of garden goodies, great ideas and practical solutions to help you create a summer-ready outdoor retreat. Just in case: A — Al fresco dining; B — Bunting; C — Cinema; D — Daybed; E — Eco Garden Room; F — Fire Pits; G — Glow-in-the-Dark Elements; H — Herb Garden; I — Irrigation System; J — Jumbo Joss Sticks; K — Kitchenette.


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