Go from the ground up

Friday - - Society -

you’re lucky enough to have your own patch of green in bustling Dubai, you should make full use of it. Here are some guide­lines to help you give your gar­den a dra­matic makeover: Are you happy with the lawn, the tiling and the paths? If yes, clean ev­ery­thing thor­oughly with non­toxic and non-abra­sive agents. But if you want to change the base of your gar­den, do that first, be­fore you add the new plants, fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories. Re­li­able and re­silient floor­ing op­tions in­clude grass car­pet, ce­ramic tiles (in the pa­tio and around the pool) and deck­ing floor (to cre­ate a de­fin­i­tive seat­ing area). You could also cre­ate tiled path­ways.

Time for a sit-in

Now it’s time to think of the kind of fur­ni­ture you need. This will, of course, de­pend on how much space you have.

Take your pick from re­lax­ing sun loungers, happy sofa and cof­feetable com­bos and smart out­door din­ing sets. Add stools and drag out the bean­bags when you have more guests. Think in terms of lux­u­ri­ous rat­tan, wrought iron and wood, with tem­pered glass, mo­saic and stone ta­ble tops.

You can place a park bench for a quick sit-and-think area. Or have chair-swings or dou­ble-seater swings for a more play­ful seat­ing op­tion.

Choose dark colours like choco­late, or neu­trals for fur­ni­ture and keep your up­hol­stery and cush­ions earthy, with a base of beige or cream.

Put up gar­den um­brel­las to add colour and pro­vide shade. If you have a large gar­den, go for a gazebo to add in­stant so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

Plant ’em right

In­stead of us­ing reg­u­lar pots, urns and big planters for your gar­den plants, you can think out­side of the pot! Prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing can dou­ble as a planter, with a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion. For in­stance, an old drawer nailed to the gar­den wall can jazz up the look of your gar­den. Just make sure the con­tainer is non-toxic and you can drill a hole at the bot­tom for the wa­ter to drain.

Ac­ces­sorise in style

Ex­press your per­son­al­ity out­doors with your favourite sculp­tures and cu­rios. Just make sure they are not frag­ile and can with­stand the sun, wind and oc­ca­sional rain.

Hang wind chimes from trees. Cre­ate a clus­ter of wa­ter cans in dif­fer­ent colours and shapes.

Get your­self a re­fresh­ing foun­tain and place colour­ful shells and peb­bles around it.

Bring out ce­ramic bowls and fill them with flow­ers and float­ing lights for a mag­i­cal evening.

And, fi­nally, for a lovely win­ter cook­out, go out and splurge on the best char­coal bar­be­cue you can find on the mar­ket.

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