Your life is already busy enough without adding the regular maintenance of an elaborate outdoor garden set up into the mix. That’s why, when planning your backyard sanctuary, you’ll want to pick and choose items and accents that virtually take care of themselves. If you have no idea where to start in designing your low-key escape, read on for some convenient tips and tricks.
One of the most important purchases for your backyard set up will be your garden furniture, so this is not where you’ll want to cheap out. Not only will the furniture be one of the first things people will notice upon walking through the space but it will also be the first to show signs of wear and tare. Especially if you are on a budget and want to minimize the time in which it is necessary to purchase new garden furniture, pick materials that are both water and flame retardant and colours that easily mask stains (black and dark grey tones are always a good go-to). To compliment your furniture, you can introduce cozy throws in interesting designs to add a little flavour to a basic outdoor set. Other accents to place near the furniture that could play into your theme and are easy to maintain include interesting candle holders and succulents with unique clay pots or wicker baskets. Simply store these items nearby and bring them out every time the family goes outside to enjoy the garden.
While succulents are a great hassle free living plant, don’t be afraid to utilise artificial plants to your backyard garden as well. Artificial plants are the ultimate winners of low-key backyard sanctuaries and you would be surprised to see how many people are opting towards them for this reason. The artificial variety of plants are a great idea for creating dividing walls and sectionals out of shrubbery. These staples can be quite large and if you were to slack on watering them with a traditional plant, they’d become an embarrassing eyesore and completely upset the atmosphere you’ve worked so hard in creating. Another use for them is in topiaries, which can also be used as a divider, to line pathways, or to make up for empty space. Compliment your artificial plants with a few non fussy succulents and you will be well on your way to the optimal chilled out garden vibe.
Having a barbecue is a backyard staple but if you’re putting all of this work into creating a calming environment, the eyesore you’ve been using for the past couple of decades just won’t do. Decide if the decor you have set out calls for a minimalist charcoal burner or an elaborate three-tiered stainless steel grill-master 3000 and go from there. If you want to get fancy, however, you can craft a grill that truly blends in to your environment. Many people create their own custom barbecues with the art of masonry. Not only is this an elegant touch that will have your guests in awe every time they visit, it will also blend right into its environment instead of being a distractor at the corner of your eye that does not fit in with the rest of your decorating scheme.
If you are willing to shell out the funds, paying a little extra for quality garden accessories will grant you a backyard sanctuary that is basically self-sufficient.