The backyard blitz
Shake off the winter blues and get the garden in shape for spring without too much effort, writes Robyn Willis
After a cold but dry winter, there’s plenty of work to be done in the backyard to get it in shape for spring and summer enjoyment. Whether you’re a keen gardener or you’d prefer to spend your time outdoors with a glass of wine in your hand, we have plenty of small ways to brighten your backyard.
New season, new colour
Now that the drab days of winter are numbered, it’s time to shake off the seasonal blues with a bit of colour says Vault Interiors founder Justine Wilson.
“Inject some colour,” she says. “Whether that’s by adding some outdoor cushions, special UV ones, on an outdoor setting or benches, it will make it feel fresh and bright.”
Thanks to industry innovations in recent years, there’s a wide range of outdoor fabrics available with the look and feel of linen.
If you’re feeling bold, a large sun umbrella is perfect for adding a little retro style to the deck or outdoor space.
In smaller gardens or courtyards, Justine suggests hanging mirrors in strategic positions.
“Mirrors reflect light — they’re like a window and they bring that indoor/outdoor feel to the space,” she says.
Green walls are the latest design trend to create a living feature wall outdoors, with a number of DIY options. Alternatively, go old school and plant Boston ivy next to a wall now to watch it climb the brickwork over spring.
If you’re looking to refresh your outdoor furniture, Justine says go for chairs that can do double duty.
“There’s lots of great stackable furniture that you can use inside or outside. Also, if you haven’t painted your deck this season, outdoor rugs are a simple solution,” she says.