GO GREEN FOR ALFRESCO

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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.

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