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 In Lifestyle

Landscaping Trends: Home Gardens with Health Benefits

Outdoor spaces, from the quintessential Australian backyard to courtyards, balconies and even large resort style entertaining areas, are an extension of our living areas and for most people, they provide a sanctuary from our busy lives.

The landscaping industry has observed a shift towards the importance of creating garden spaces to evoke happiness through sensory stimulus and promote better health.

Outdoor spaces, from the quintessential Australian backyard to courtyards, balconies and even large resort style entertaining areas, are an extension of our living areas and for most people, they provide a sanctuary from our busy lives.

As we clutch onto the few remaining warm weekends before winter hits, you may consider revamping your outdoor spaces and gardens – or at least begin to plan for a transformation.

We predict 2018 will see more home garden and landscape designs align with both physical and mental wellness needs. See below our top tips to enhance your home garden and create an outdoor living space designed to spark joy and awakens your senses.

Experiment with what you grow

An array of fresh herbs or quirky fruits will excite the rest of the family to get involved in the garden. Consider planting unusual edibles, wildly coloured florals or plants with a heavenly scent, like bubblegum or mint. By selecting plants with vibrant colours and scents, you can immediately arouse your senses of smell and sight.

Move your meals area outside

The connection between foraging for ingredients and using them to create a sensory dining experience is profoundly good for the soul. Equally rewarding is enjoying such delicacies amongst nature and in the fresh air. If you have an outdoor dining area, try shifting the layout or rearranging the space to make a haven perfect for communal dining. If space permits, having a roof or protective structure above your dining area will make the space more functional throughout the seasons.

The sound of birds and bees is one of nature’s best soundtracks for winding down.

Frame your space

Vertical gardens and multiple eye-catching levels of distinction can make even the smallest courtyard feel abundant in greenery. A large area is not required to create a beautiful al fresco design – in fact, gardens immediately feel more welcoming with a sense of enclosure. Try to incorporate hanging plants from varied levels, experiment with different textured plants to frame or open up a space, and select plants of different heights to offer privacy.

Restore habitat

By adjusting your plant selection and altering your gardening methods you can develop a space that is conducive to keeping local wildlife happy. A worthy trend has seen gardeners select certain plants, in particular native vegetation, to better support the hyperlocal eco system. Consider eliminating or at least reducing the use of insecticides, replacing any artificial turf with natural lawn and grow a selection of plants that are both seed-producing and berry-bearing. The sound of birds and bees is one of nature’s best soundtracks for winding down.

We look forward to seeing new trends and designs in Australian landscaping in the year to come and we hope that landscapers and architects continue to create garden spaces that promote positive health benefits.

If you are seeking a little more inspiration, head to the Melbourne Flower Show from March 21st-25th and immerse your senses.

To view our current listings featuring exceptional gardens follow this link or contact the Marshall White sales team.

Images:

  1. Elizabeth Street
  2. Robertson Street
  3. Edible Garden
  4. Planters
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