GO GREEN FOR ALFRESCO
WOR DS : L I F E ST Y L E ’ S S H AYNNA B L A Z E PHOTOS : G LO B EWE ST
With summer on the way it’s time to prepare outdoor spaces for alfresco living. If you don’t have the luxury of a lot of space, or have only a small balcony, don’t despair, as there are ways to inject some greenery into the smallest of spaces.
Create a feature wall with vertical wall planters. It’s a great use of wall space and won’t crowd your seating area. Provide contrast by using timber against a plain wall and then mix and match the pots and plants you feature on it. Choose plants with leaves that hang down over the side of the pot to help fill the space with lovely greenery. This is so easy to do it could be a simple weekend project. Wall planters can also double as security or privacy screens while still allowing g a lot of light through into the space.
If you don’t have much room for lots of potted plants, hang some easy to care for plants in ceramic wall pots. It’s a creative way to display your plants in a decorative or abstract manner while injecting some greenery into a space.
If you really don’t have a green thumb and prefer not to have to care for plants, then choose a predominantly green colour scheme with pops of blue for your outdoor furniture. It will reflect the colours of nature and that’s the next best thing to being surrounded by it. There is always the option of including a couple of faux plants (let’s not call them fake). Especially on small balconies, you don’t want to take up all the room with solid pieces of furniture, so keep it simple and slimline. Small round steel powdercoated tables and folding chairs are ideal as they are light and practically “transparent”. Then simply scatter potted plants here and there for a pop of greenery.