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 garden can serve as a much-needed retreat that – when well-designed and decorated – can help to 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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T – 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.

Typically the top part is closed and the front is open. Water from the soil inside the terrarium rises into the air creating ‘water vapour.’ The vapour then collects onto the surrounding glass and cools. It then turns back into droplets of water which drip down into the soil and the whole process starts again.

To learn how to make your own terrarium visit West Elm.


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; L — Living Wall; M — Mosaics; N — Night Lighting O — Ornaments & Sculptures; P — Pizza Ovens; Q — Quirky Accessories; R — Recycled Elements; S — Solar Shading


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