AUSSIE Christmas usually means entertaining alfresco.
Celebrity landscaper, horticulturalist of Landart Landscapes and president of the LNA Master Landscapes Association, Matt Leacy, says homeowners should start sprucing up their outdoor space now.
Start by adding festive colours in your garden, he adds.
“Key colours are red and green. Banksias look really festive and grevillias, lilly pillies and bottlebrushes are beautiful native options,’’ Leacy says.
“There are loads of red and green herbs, fruits and vegetables that will look great outdoors and taste great on any Christmas table.
“Tomatoes, strawberries and limes are primed to fruit in summer and make great additions to festive salads, pastas and platters.”
Leacy says potting plants (in quirky/bright pots) is a fun way to move the display.
Lighting can also make a huge difference.
“Many Aussies don’t tap into the full potential of their outdoors simply because some spaces don’t allow enough light,’’ he says.
“An easy way to fix this is to drape or hang some festoon lighting outside – on surrounding trees or between your house and trees.”
Set the scene with table vases, topiary or an outdoor Christmas tree.
Make sure you have adequate shading that covers guests – and when it rains.
“If you don’t have a lot of natural shade outdoors, there are a number of manmade options like getting large umbrellas.
“If you want to entertain larger groups, look at more substantial options which may cost a bit more upfront, but have sustained use.
“Retractable awnings, canopies, cabanas, pergolas and outdoor pavilions offer protection and add style and value to your home.” Details: Go to landart.com.au