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Winter Garden Decoration: See our 5 Tips

The Winter Garden Decoration  is an item increasingly asked during projective conceptions of reform and construction, whether residential or commercial. I really like the green scenery from the composition of specific plant species, which provide visual well-being, thermal comfort to the environments in which they are inserted and the residents, who will enjoy them.

They have been especially explored by Landscape Architects and are arranged through decorative vases, flower beds, flower boxes, vertically on walls, horizontally in corridors, skylights, balconies … Many do not know, but winter gardens are so-called because winter is the season of recollection, warmth, introspection, and proximity. So to speak, we can establish that the winter garden is the one that remains “close to us” and knowing this man-nature interaction is that the landscape professional will seek, in the different species, to awaken a mix of sensations that will be perceived in a plurisensory way (hearing, smell, touch, sight, and taste), in a stylized way and using creative tricks when composing spaces, even if they are very small.

Combinations with “natural elements” and derivatives, which can sharpen the senses of residents and also awaken the real purpose of welcoming them, are very welcome. Exploring us from the timelessness of wood, which has the function of heating, snuggling and rusting the space in question or perhaps, for example, seeking therapeutic properties through water, which fluidizes feelings, calms and can be arranged through mirrors. ‘water or fountains. Without forgetting also, the lighting resources and applications of stones (which refer to heat) when it comes to valuing this special environment even more, materializing the element “fire” in a playful way.

Where to position the conservatory? Which species are ideal for creating a harmonious garden? What decorative elements can be used to enhance the look? The decoration of the winter garden needs to be able to combine practicality and beauty, especially when space is limited. Check here our list with everything you need to know to create a beautiful winter garden!

TIP 01 – POSITIONING:

Due to its popularity and practicality, the decoration with winter gardens can be found in entrance halls, sharing environments such as living rooms and kitchens, corridors of rooms and even bathrooms. The idea of ​​adding a portion of nature into the home is a will of the majority in the “jungle of stones” in which we live. However, choosing the correct location, as well as the correct species, will lead to the longevity of the garden and will enhance the entry of natural light and ventilation into the environments.

Replacing walls with gardens when separating environments is a great idea for those who value comfort and well-being. But the benefits don’t stop there! Especially when it comes to limited areas, where you need to consider saving space (for example, popular houses) and money, winter gardens fit like a glove! They value all the faces of the environments they reach, delimiting them when at the same time they integrate. A beauty only !! Look how cool!

DELIMITING ENVIRONMENTS WITHOUT LEAVING TO INTEGRATE THEM

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Winter Garden Decoration

UNDER STAIRS

Knowing how to take advantage of the space is essential for a good interior architecture project. This is true both for wider spaces and for leaner spaces. Among so many options to complement that little space left under the stairs, a great option would be to use it for a neat garden, which offers pleasant sensations for users and breaks, can still be valued with lighting. Look:

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Winter Garden Decoration

IN BATHROOMS

Bathrooms are environments for which I have great appreciation and have been increasingly a reference in the group of contemporary decor. Although intimate, they carry the personality of each resident, and many times, the lavatories draw more attention from visitors, who will enjoy this space much more often than others. The infinity of finishes that we have on the market today, allows this small space to be unique and to enhance it, I like to enrich it with plants that have, par excellence, the ability to recycle the energy that comes in and out, in addition to give life. Winter garden in the bathroom, yes!

And imagine that it delights, relaxing in a bathtub contemplating you?

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Winter Garden Decoration
Winter Garden Decoration
Winter Garden Decoration

BETWEEN DORMITORIES

Winter gardens are widely used in the separation of bedrooms, as well as arranged individually for each one. Accompanied by large openings, the natural plants provide purity, warmth, refinement and freshness, since the green roof considerably reduces the percentage of heat incident on the room.

They can be arranged in large pots on white pebbles, vertically through pallets or even, conventionally, grown on the soil itself.

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Winter Garden Decoration
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IN THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is the place where we have a great concentration of vital energy circulating, stored and being prepared. That energy is food. In addition to needing it to survive, it must be enjoyed at a full table with family or friends. By the principles of Feng Shui, assigning nature to the kitchens, means revitalizing that energy as I mentioned above, because natural plants have the power to recycle them and renew life in the environment.

Contemplative gardens provide well-being at mealtimes, an important moment for us human beings. See what a delight!

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DISPOSALS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RESIDENCE

“Halfway there was a garden. There was a garden halfway. ” – Literally bringing nature into the home. I like the feeling of internal – external integration that winter gardens bring us and the capacity by which they can completely transform the environment in which they operate. They are never expendable, except for those who really don’t like plants. For those who love, like me, it is like adding life to the home. The slits and skylights that allow its installation, provide cross ventilation and natural lighting throughout the residence.

When combined with effect lights, they are perfect !!

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The strategic positioning of a winter garden decoration ensures that all eyes are on it and make it the center of the house. They renew the air, renew life and sharpen the thermal comfort of the environment. By itself, it becomes a strong element in the interior decoration and still guarantees great moments of conversation and relaxation beside it.

TIP 02 – IDEAL SPECIES IN WINTER GARDEN DECORATION

Using suitable species that are resistant to indoor conditions, winter gardens can adapt to any corner that receives lighting.

In addition to decorative, they are attractive alternatives for homes that do not have backyards. For those who live in apartments, the tip is to bet on vertical gardens, which are composed of plants fixed to the wall and are easy to assemble: you can do it yourself! The seedlings are fixed using live bags nailed to the walls, which rule out the need for waterproofing them.

Even if the environment chosen for the construction of your winter garden receives plenty of natural light, it is common that plants do not receive sunlight directly on them. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the selection of species that are able to develop well in indoor environments and that remain beautiful for longer.

The ideal is that we choose half shade plants, which are already commonly used in interior decoration. In addition, each plant has its specific needs, and the study of each one is essential. Since I mentioned earlier about positioning, it will be necessary to first define the location of your garden, in order to determine the appropriate species.

For locations that receive direct sunlight:

JUICY:

Succulents are little plants beyond special, ideal for the lazy and forgotten on duty! They are very easy to take care of as they belong to the cactus family, that is, they are related to the cacti. They do not have thorns and similar to cousin cousins, they accumulate water inside their leaves, that is why they are “chubby”.

They need sunshine always close by, as they are typical of desert regions, in addition to prefer the sandy soil instead of earth soil. They are usually arranged in pots on the floor or fixed to walls.

Here, some species of succulents for your garden:

– Aortia ( Haworthia cuspidata )

– May Flower ( Schlumbergera truncata )

– Jade ( Crassula Ovata )

– Phantom Plant ( Graptopetalum paraguayense )

– Pearl Plant ( Haworthia margaritifera )

– Stone wheel ( Echeveria sp )

– Golden Carpet ( Sedum acre )

– Dedinho de Moça ( Sedum burrito )

– Echevaria Baby ( Echeveria derenbergii )

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DRACENA DE MADAGASCAR ( Dracaena marginata ):

Madagascar dracena is a shrubby, branched plant, with an exotic and sculptural aspect, which can reach up to 5 meters in height. Its leaves are long, linear, about 30 to 90 cm long and arranged in a rosette at the apex of the branches. In the original plant the leaves are dark green in color with narrow red margins.

They must be cultivated under full sun or partial shade, in fertile, light soil and enriched with organic matter, with periodic irrigations. Typically tropical plant, does not tolerate the cold and needs places with enough light.

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CHROTON ( Codiaeum variegatum ):

Cróton is a shrub that has gained prominence in the decoration of environments and gardens around the world. It can reach 2 to 3 meters in height and has a very attractive foliage, mainly due to its intense and exuberant color, with mixtures of red, purple, pink, white, yellow, green or orange.

Crotons need a lot of light to grow well and maintain their lush color. Preferably, keep as much direct light as possible. In dark environments, its leaves become ugly and may fall, leaving the plant very stressed.

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STRELITZIA ( Strelitzia reginae )

Also popularly known as Ave-do-paraíso, the stelitias are rustic plants and can be grown alone or in groups such as massifs, rows or borders. It requires little maintenance and is indicated for tropical gardens, mainly gardens located on the coast, as they tolerate strong winds and salt in the soil.

They must be cultivated in full sun or half shade, in fertile soil, well drained, and enriched with organic matter, watered regularly. Look at that wonderful flower!

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Plants for shade:

ORCHIDS, VIOLETS AND BROMELES:

Orchids, violets and bromeliads are beautiful, decorative plants and characterized by charming flowering almost all year round. They are characterized by the fact that they like protected places and do not like water very much except for violets. These, even though they are darlings in the house, because they do not demand much attention, require care regarding ventilation. They are shade plants, which can receive a certain solar incidence, but not directly. Too much sun burns its petals and makes them look yellowish. Fresh and airy places are ideal for violets.

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PACOVÁ, SWORD OF SÃO JORGE AND PALMEIRA CHAMEDÓREA:

PACOVÁ ( Philodendron martianum )

Lovers of shade, pacovás are species made up of dark and continuous foliage, however, during their flowering it is necessary at least a little bit of natural light, even if not directly over them, which can be resolved when positioned close to doors and windows. They can be planted in pots or grown directly in the soil.

SWORD OF SÃO JORGE ( Sansevieria trifasciata )

The Sword of São Jorge is a plant widely used by superstitious people, as it guarantees to ward off the evil eye. Currently, it has gained much prominence in the field of interior decoration, because its dark green foliage does not require so much care. It does not require constant maintenance and has excellent resistance even in places with low light.

CHAMEDÓREA PALM TREE ( Chamaedorea elegans )

One of the most used species for interiors and its maximum height does not exceed 2 meters. Ideal for environments that are away from direct sunlight and love humid locations. They crave frequent care when watering and moisture in the soil, which can be inserted into pots or grown in the winter garden’s own soil.

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JIBÓIA ( Epipremnum pinnatum )

One of the few indoor climbing plants, Jibóia grows supported on substrates such as xaxins or other plants. They have colorful foliage, but are commonly found in shades of green and smaller sizes because they remain in the shade. Demand frequent watering too, as it needs the substrate to be always moist.

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SAMAMBAIAS ( Pleopeltis pleopeltifolia )

And last but not least, ferns are very present in vertical gardens, easy to be made and do not require expenses during execution. They are perfect for adding freshness to the environments and develop very well in places with low light incidence. Watering should be frequent too, but be very careful not to soak the substrate!

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TIP 03 – DECORATIVE ELEMENTS FOR WINTER GARDEN

The plants, by themselves, already make the winter garden imposing and beautiful. I mentioned earlier that the composition of a winter garden requires a series of factors, tricks, choices … Part of this composition is lighting to enhance species, or decorative objects that arouse interest in interacting with it. Cushions, seats and spotlights complement and add great value to the internal space, thus making it attractive both for those who live and for those who visit. Follow!

LANTERNS

The lantern was one of the most sought after decorative objects during the past year. Besides being passionate, they can decorate different environments and add charm to them. When lit, they foster romanticism, warmth and can be associated with colorful candles, dry, succulent leaves … They are available in various models, colors and sizes, details and materials. Look how beautiful!

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Super delicate right?

GARDEN SEATS

Decoration darlings and that when we translate “garden seats” into Portuguese, it means garden benches. Originally from China, they are made of porcelain and as a good oriental piece, they have their meanings. The age-old pieces symbolized status and were often found in the gardens of wealthy homes. When they arrived here, initially they were arranged in gardens and then won the hearts of decorators and architects for being as versatile as lanterns.

However, in contrast to the delicate and rustic lanterns, the gardens seats can represent a certain sophistication when inserted inside the house or associated with solid and classic paintings. In the gardens, there is an invitation to contemplate even more the well-being of nature, support a glass of juice, pots and even books. Look:

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COATINGS WITH PEBBLES, STONES AND GRAVELS

There are winter gardens in which the seedlings are planted directly on the ground and there are also cemented gardens, which require dry ground coverings such as bark, stones, pebbles and pots.

The gardens where the seedlings are planted in the soil, require natural lighting almost directly over them. Cemented ones, on the other hand, are indicated for areas that get little or no sun, that’s why dry linings and the search for pots.

In terms of practicality, cemented gardens are still the most sought after and the variety of options for dry roofing, besides being accessible, does not promote dirtiness. Pebbles and stones for example, in addition to serving as lining, can only create decorative borders or landscaped paths. They are also widely used as coatings, which further reinforce the “natural” issue.

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The gravels are the most rustic group. They are beautiful when associated with foliage. I really like the composition. In addition, more than stones, they give us the feeling of warmth, as they come from wood, a warm, cozy material. They can be associated with pebbles and stones combining tones.

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TIP 04 – LIGHTING FOR WINTER GARDENS

Well, you can already see the feeling of peace that a winter garden brings, right? From what I wrote about the lanterns, I can also see that lighting only tends to enhance even more its small portion of nature.

For you who follow the blog weekly, you should have already read in the previous post a little about lighting double rooms, in which I explain about the types of ideal lamps and where to apply them. Well, here that explanation fits very well! A tip to rock the winter garden lighting is to bet on aluminum spots available on the floor with a focus on the garden wall, or with a focus on plants. Everything will depend on the focus of the light. Knowing where to direct it is very important!

I emphasize here, that the intention of lighting in the winter garden is not to light the whole environment, but, from focuses, to value species to add warmth. And then, here’s the tip: opt for the LED spots, which despite being a little more salty in price, are much more economical and efficient!

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Another widely used option is the sconce. It is a type of luminaire fixed to the wall with a diffused or directed light source, forming beams of light and enhancing the coating applied under it. The intensity and color transform the garden into a dazzle!

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TIP 05 – DECORATION COATINGS FOR WINTER GARDENS

Although generally small, winter gardens are the result of a series of factors, which together make it the most beloved environment of the house or apartment. If they are attractive in themselves, who knows, with a super background coating!

We currently have a wide choice in construction finishes that make the finalization stage the most special. There are so many cool options that we can get lost! Brands, sizes, prints, textures, prices… doubts….

I started the subject of winter gardens by quoting about its meaning, about the combination of natural elements with their derivatives and that is where we should focus. Gardens are made up of life. They bring out the rusticity and direct us to materials with a rough and cozy profile, such as wood, cement (concrete), stone. For color lovers like me, decorated tiles as well as darling hydraulic tiles are also great options!

Decorated Tiles:

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Woods:

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Stones:

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Bricks:

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These here, using the relaxing properties of water to enhance the sense of the winter garden. Feeling of peace and freshness!

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Ufa! How much option right?

Attention to the types of materials chosen that must be resistant to humidity and, to harmonize with the residence or apartment, the ideal is that it follows the pattern and style of the construction or internal decoration. A safe way is to repeat some finish already existing in the project, internally or externally.

Stones, bricks and textured masses, from what you could see from the images, work very well! You can also associate them with some color of your choice or a more striking coating like tiles, as long as they do not fight with the rest of the house’s coverings.

It is very important to remember that if the garden does not receive natural light, it is necessary that the place is well waterproofed. Otherwise, infiltrations, the appearance of mold and, consequently, a stained wall will appear. As a result, it is worth mentioning that dark colors tend to enhance them.

I hope you enjoyed and learned a little about the famous and beloved winter gardens! I’m a fan of cards!

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Stones to decorate winter garden: know the 4 best

Do you want to invest in a special corner for your plants? Check out garden tips.

Every plant lover likes to reserve an environment at home to grow them and spend moments of relaxation. The winter garden is an example of warmth and beauty and the dream of many people. And what are the best stones to decorate winter garden ?

If the “gardening bug” also stung you, you have already started to research countless landscaping possibilities to enhance your corner. And the right stones guarantee a very interesting look. Learn now how to choose.

Tips for best stones to decorate winter garden

1 – Pedra de Rio

The river stone brings natural colors and textures to the internal environment of your home. Its rustic appearance is responsible for transporting the elements of nature to the environment you want.

The most interesting thing is that it does not have a standard shape, size or color. And maybe that’s what makes it so interesting in a conservatory.

2 – Gravel

The gravel is a very common stone. It is used in different types of construction. Both its white and traditional versions make a difference in the gardening category.

You won’t have much work to find the pebble around. Gravel is easily sold in construction and landscaping supply stores.

Gravel is one of the best stones to decorate a winter garden.

3 – Gravel

Another example of rustic stone is gravel . It is an excellent choice to contrast in a sophisticated way with the green of the plants.

And there is no problem making a mix of stones. You can use one type on the ground and one on the pots. Merging the colors further enriches the landscape you have created.

4 – Dolomite

The dolomite is a white stone which can be found in various sizes and shapes. This makes it very versatile.

For example, you can use the stone to make a beautiful path on the decorated floor. For this, perhaps larger stones have a more striking effect. If you have pots and small succulents in your winter garden, smaller stones should be ideal.

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Tips for setting up the garden

Don’t underestimate the space you have available. With a little creativity, any environment includes a winter garden, be it large or mini.

What really matters is to make a harmonious choice of elements, plants that you value, beautiful vases, interesting stones, light for those who need light and humidity for those who demand it.

In addition, research references for winter garden models to have great inspirations that match your taste and style of your home.

Do you know that corner that people stop to admire? That is your goal. Imagine also how many pleasant afternoons of reading you can have with an armchair leaning next to your garden.

You can also talk to landscapers and sellers about the types of stones they recommend for your garden.

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Roof gardens: plants that resist

What to grow on an apartment penthouse where it gets intense sun and a lot of wind? Well know that there are species of plants that resist these conditions. See here a garden revitalization project I did here in the capital. The client already had some plants and pots and I added some more foliage to give an ” up “.

Covering with lavender, bouganvillea and geraniums in pots photo: Helena Schanzer

Bouganvileas and geraniums photo: Helena Schanzer

The view is beautiful and you can enjoy the sun, but the plants suffer due to the wind and excessive sun.

Native cherry, Podocarpus and pitangueira photo: Helena Schanzer

The tree called Podocarpus (adult-sized) was planted in large plastic pots to provide privacy due to the surrounding building. This species of tree allows you to make pruning by controlling its size.

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Podocarpus block unwanted visuals

Environmental comfort in cities improves with green roofs and terraces

Environmental comfort in cities is related to the presence of vegetation and green areas. The vegetation has the ability to humanize the environments, generating well-being,  cooling the temperature,   attracting and feeding the avifauna, absorbing the impact of water on the soil when it rains, beautifying the environment, among other benefits.

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Green roofs in Sicredi landscaping by Helena Schanzer

In the city, we are used to seeing vegetation in parks and gardens are grown on the land directly or in pots. Today, with the growth and urban density, the spaces destined to green areas and gardens have been adapting and taking care of the roofs. It is possible to plant a garden on the terrace and roof of a building, the technology is there for this.

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Planting on the roof is currently considered a differentiated and high-tech solution. It is a trend in buildings in various capitals of the world. City halls in cities such as Recife, Curitiba, Buenos Aires,   New York, Paris, Austria, among many others, already encourage the construction of green roofs and terraces.

See the roof of a residence transformed into a garden .

Photo: Helena Schanzer - green terrace over parking at Sicredi

The advantages of using green roofs are numerous, such as: absorption of rainwater and reduction of the impact of runoff water, reduction of noise pollution, reduction of air pollution, thermal insulation, reduction of glare on the surface of walls, humanization of the environment, improvement of aesthetics, besides creating a space for use.

I will show you some examples of what is possible to accomplish with the vegetation in the heights. The photos above and below show gardens executed on a concrete slab where, below, the parking lot for the complex of buildings was built at Sicredi’s headquarters in Porto Alegre. The landscaping project was developed by the team of agronomic engineer Helena Schanzer in partnership with architect Milton Campos and architect Carlos Morganti, architects of Sicredi’s commercial tower complex.   The execution was developed in partnership with Cahuy Jardins.

The green areas of Sicredi are located on a large concrete slab, below which is the parking lot of the building complex. Drainage and waterproofing ensure adequate water drainage and reuse . The load generated by the gardens is borne by the building’s structure. This large garden was built 10 years ago.

The garden in the heights is formed by phoenix palms (Phoenix roebelinii) , germ palms ( Arecastrum romanzofianum ), Bird of paradise ( Strelizia reginae ), cycads ( Cyca revoluta ), Agapantus and other species that the root system is not aggressive. The substrate to be used is also essential for successful planting. The substrate is the mixture of soil + organic compost + sand + bark.

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In order to create a green roof, it is essential that the technical team design and carry out the waterproofing, the appropriate slab / roof trim, drainage and weight support provided for in the work. You can plant on the concrete slab or use prefabricated modular systems adapted for planting horizontally and vertically, as is the case with walls. I will not exhaust the subject in a post, little by little we are talking about this fascinating subject.

Photo: PIXABAY - Green roof of the California Academy of Sciences / USA
Photo: Zinc Disclosure - Modular green roof system - intensive and extensive
Photo: Zinc Disclosure - Modular green roof system - intensive and extensive
Photo: Zinc Disclosure - Modular green roof system - intensive and extensive
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Terrace turns into a garden with accessibility

An open terrace with unevenness has become a pleasant space with a garden accessible for wheelchair users. To tell about how this charming terrace gained a deck and garden, I spoke with Isabel Locatelli and Luiz Carlos Felizardo. They usually spend pleasant moments outdoors in the garden.

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Isabel Locatelli is an advertising professional and started her professional career working with Eva Sopher, as Programming Manager at Theatro São Pedro, in 1984, later assuming the artistic direction of the theater. After, for 20 years, she was a partner at the company Solé Associados, specialized in theater projects and at PoArt Gestão Cultural, managing the Santander Cultural team since its opening. She currently works as an independent cultural producer. Married to the photographer Luiz Carlos Felizardo, they needed to transform the balcony and the garden to have accessibility, as Felizardo is a wheelchair user. They renovated the balcony floor by placing a deck so that the entire apartment was on the same level and it was possible for it to move autonomously between the apartment and the outside area.

Apartment terrace turned into garden photo: Isabel Locatelli

After renovating the deck, the countless old vases, plants and ornaments that they had, needed to be relocated. So Isabel called me. After visiting the place, we thought about how to renew the green of the balcony without spending a lot and reusing everything that already existed in foliage and vases. In order to revitalize the garden, we invested in a vase, plants like coverings (geraniums, spices and lavender) and in the renovation of all the soil in the pots with organic compound rich in nutrients.

1. What was the garden like before?
The garden had a small wooden deck, which required constant maintenance, away from the access doors and the rest of the floor was in porous stone interspersed with gravel.

2. Did you put a deck to level the room? Is the deck plastic? What are the advantages?
We installed a plastic wooden deck, which is manufactured by recycling plastic products that are rejected by other companies, 100% environmentally friendly, moisture resistant, and therefore more durable and low maintenance. Now, after being fully accessible and having consultancy for the relocation of plants in order to be more free of movement, it became the noble area of ​​the house!

3. How many interesting ornaments in the garden: sign of Felizardo’s father’s office, sculptures, does each ornament have a story to tell?
Yes, our apartment brings together a lot of furniture and objects that are part of our affective memory – we don’t like programmed decoration, it comes with our lives and, as a friend of an architect says, we let the “house talk to us”. Thus, in the garden we have a plaque from Dr. Octacílio Rosa’s office, Felizardo’s grandfather, a sculpture by artist Gaucho Tenius, an old iron structure that supported a bowl with porcelain jar from Felizardo’s great-grandmother, a bronze relief from Vasco Prado, a 1950s mirror of the Coral de Atlântida building, among other things.

4. What is the garden area?
The garden is approximately 23 m2. It is used for meetings with friends and drinking good wine, for both of us to have dinner on pleasant evenings, to have a chimarrão in the morning, as support to the barbecue area, which is glazed and contiguous. I also use it for leisure – taking care of the plants, which is an excellent therapy. After having consulted for the relocation of plants in order to be more free of movement, we are using it almost every spring night.

5. And the garden, what are you growing in the pots?
Spices like mint, basil, marjoram, rosemary, sage, parsley, chives, tarragon and also starting an attempt at lettuce, arugula, and cabbage.

Garden to contemplate - Tenius sculpture Photo: Isabel Locatelli

6. How do you take care of the garden?
On hot days, I water daily at night, monthly I start off and I’m always putting new seedlings to fill the pots with the big plants, which I collect at friends’ houses. I also really like to find lighting artifacts – when I travel, I bring small solar lamps, which create beautiful effects. New pots are always added to the side wall of the barbecue area, trying to create a small vertical garden.

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7. What do you find most interesting to tell to inspire and give people ideas on how to enjoy a patio.
A courtyard is an oasis in the middle of the city – I visited more than 150 apartments until I found this one. The daily proximity to plants and the possibility of sunbathing, reading a good book, or looking at a beautiful moon, are invaluable. Growing their own organic spices encourages cooking, creating new dishes, and tasting water. Also the possibility of having friends with us, bringing our baby granddaughter who is discovering the world and will be able to play and smell different aromas is delicious.
Helena’s consultancy was fundamental for us to create this very pleasant environment.

Bench style tips for sitting in the garden

The garden is not just made of plants. The furniture suitable for the outdoor area is important to enjoy the garden. Benches must withstand the weather because they are exposed to rain, dust, wind and sun. Therefore, the design and material must be suitable.

I selected some garden benches that I created in partnership with several architects. The bench must be comfortable to sit on and do not require maintenance – wood requires occasional painting. 

Materials such as stones, concrete, iron and wood are used to create benches in gardens, squares and parks.

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Stone and concrete bench at Tecnopuc in partnership with architect. Eliane Salvi / Works division / PUCRS Photo: Eneida Serrano

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Collaborators rest in the garden at Sicredi – Garden and photo by Helena Schanzer

And for inspiration, check out Monet’s garden bench in Giverny, France:

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Garden path ideas

Well-designed garden paths with interesting plants make all the difference. I selected gardens that I created that have paths with different floors and lined with plants for you to be inspired.

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Basalt path with cypress, cycad and agapantus – Garden and photo by Helena Schanzer

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Trail in a permanent preservation area in a garden condominium and photo by Helena Schanzer.

Sicredi: architectural design by Milton Campos and Carlos Morganti, landscaping Helena Schanzer

The flowerpot is the bank Photo: Helena Schanzer.

residential garden with arch.  Helena Karpouzas photo Eneida Serrano

The garden starts on the sidewalk, see ideas

A pleasant city that welcomes its inhabitants has tree-lined and landscaped streets. In a tropical country like ours, trees are essential to guarantee mild temperatures. See sidewalk ideas that I created in landscaping projects where the garden starts on the sidewalk. Imagine a street with planted fruit trees – maybe pitangueiras! This is the city we want, with safe and well-maintained streets.

Sidewalk on Avenida Mauá, garden in partnership with arch. Angela Ungaretti and photo by Helena Schanzer

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Gardens: tips to make outdoor spaces more beautiful

Gardens: wonderful tricks and ideas to transform open spaces and make them more beautiful

The gardens are places to there special. Anyone who has such a space at home is very lucky. This is because, in open areas, people can better rest, breathe the fresh air and socialize with family and friends in unique moments.

In addition, plants offer many benefits for your physical and mental health. However, they do not always receive the care and attention they deserve.balcony with green garden

This photo belongs to the Diverse Projects of the Garden environment project.

Decorating open spaces – Tips for gardens

Furniture

The person who wants to make the most of this proximity to nature must create corners in the garden. To sit, admire the landscape, read a book and receive visitors, there is no lack of furniture.

On the market, there are pieces in different materials, such as wood – unless indicated – aluminum and plastic.  The important thing is that they are resistant and easy to clean.

There are several good ideas – simple and practical – that anyone, with little investment and dedication, can put into practice to improve the look of the gardens.

Examples of garden furniture side tables, chairs, armchairs, drawers, sun loungers, hammocks, boxes for storing logs, sideboards, umbrellas, and others.

Now, it should be noted that those who are unable to purchase new parts can bet on old parts.

When well painted and varnished, they are capable of composing, with the same beauty, corners of welcome and rest.

They may be in the spotlight, amid new pieces – supporting vases, for example, or gaining a new utility, such as wheelbarrows used as flower boxes.garden with bench and stones

This photo belongs to the Jardim Marajoara Residence project of the Jardim environment.

Plants and flowers

There are dry gardens, that is, without plants. But, the beauty and delicacy of natural species is never too much. The most beautiful open spaces present, precisely, many plants and flowers.

If the available area is reduced, an infallible decoration idea is the use of pots and planters. The sum of several cultivated species creates outstanding points within the scenario, as a whole.

The pots can mark flowerbeds, paths and accesses to the building. They can also be accommodated vertically, forming a true green wall.

This type of garden is very practical – they can even have holes for draining water. They also bring many benefits to the home, such as humidity control and acoustic and thermal protections.garden decorated with vases and flowers

This photo belongs to the Leisure Area – Ed. Villa Veneto project of the Jardim environment.

Those who want to set up a simpler vertical garden can choose specific or alternative materials.

Some cement blocks are specially developed to accommodate plants on walls. But demolition pieces, like old shutters, adapted to accommodate flower pots, also work. Plants in this case are indicated by ferns, ivy and monkey hands.

It is important to know all the species and look for the most appropriate techniques for planting. Also the type of soil and pots available.

Any style or size of land will require care. Plants will need watering, fertilizing, pruning and natural light to grow healthily.  All of this must be taken into account when planning the garden.

vertical garden in rustic outdoor area

This photo belongs to the Apartamento V project of the Varanda environment.vertical garden on apartment balcony

This photo belongs to the Sumaré project of the Jardim environment.

Decorative objects

To enhance the beauty of the gardens – of their furniture pieces, vases, plants and flowers – decorative objects can be added to the set.

Some accessories are well known and easy to purchase, such as fountains, wind chimes, fireplaces, showers, tents and others.

There are already those that are the fruit of the residents’ creativity.decorated garden in the yard

This photo belongs to the Garden Landscaping Projects project.

The unusual items – besides being economical – can be transformed into cheerful and relaxed ornaments for the gardens, reinforcing the artistic concept of the space.

Examples are galoshes, tires, kettles, soup ladles, glass cups, cups, canning jars, cans, vegetable crates, and pallets.

Other additions

Gardens filled with flower beds have more beautiful and delicate looks than dry gardens. But, to move between the flowerbed areas, enjoy the view and rest, there must be paved and even covered areas.

These paths can be made of wood, tile or stone.

To highlight the route, it is interesting to make scores with luminaires – those with solar panels are the ones with the lowest maintenance.garden at the entrance to the house

This photo belongs to the Diverse Projects of the Garden environment project.

The presence of wooden decks, gazebos and pergolas brings warmth, elegance and enhances the natural and magical aspect of the scenery.

Pebbles around the flowerbeds are beautiful additions to the decor, marking the margins and contrasting plant floors.garden decorated with red flowers

This photo belongs to the Comfortable Garden project of the Jardim environment.

And the addition of water, in small ponds and fountains, is the final touch of style that can be given to the garden – especially if you have some fish.

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21 small, easy-to-make gardens

Do you have a small area on your land, next to the garage or in front of the house, in the middle of the lawn or inside the house that you want to transform into a beautiful garden and don’t know how? In this book of ideas, we present some examples of small gardens that you can make yourself in this corner of the house, outside or inside, to refresh and color this lifeless land on the corner in front of the window or next to the street or garage, so that you can invite friends to spend the day or simply have a cup of coffee on a spring afternoon next to the beautiful vegetation. Remember that there is no better advice than a  gardener, but you can continue your recommendations for creating wonders in your home. Come with us!

1. With a romantic path

In this area, paving was prioritized to enjoy the environment, placing pieces of clay that weave a charming braid. On the corners, shrubs with colorful flowers are delimited with pieces of clay and draw designs with yellow, white, red, and pink fringes. In the center of the paths, two fallen clay jars spill fresh grass over the ground. 

2. At the corner

For a sober and simple design on the corner of the yard, you can install two rectangular wooden boxes on a bed of sand or gravel. In these boxes with prepared soil, you can plant on the corner some palm or tree that does not require much water and fill the rest of the space with swords of St. John, earth lilies or grass. 

3. A small wood in front of the living room window

This beautiful garden delimits the view of the environment behind the glass. The design consists of delimiting an area using white river stones or marble stones. Behind this limit, a line of small bushes is planted in a light color and in a matte tone to give way to the contrast of the interior with plants of more intense colors and different greens until ending with small pines and palm trees. 

4. To cover installations

To cover the air conditioners, gas tanks, water heater or simply embellish the fence, a good option is the vertical garden, in addition to surrounding the machinery area with lilies of the earth, some small palmeniras and lawn with flowers . 

5. A walking garden

To greet visitors on the way to the house, a beautiful garden is an excellent alternative. With a symmetrical design, this garden has a central palm tree accompanied by two smaller ones on the sides, plus colored shrubs and yellow and pink flowers.

6. Low maintenance

In a corner of the yard, you can place a fence with small wooden poles and fill it with pink or yellow gravel. In this area, you can plant shrubs with a dry climate so you don’t need a lot of water or maintenance, like palm trees. 

7. Next to the garage

To delimit the garage and so that it doesn’t become an opaque and lifeless space, a small planter in the background lined with white pebbles and some lilies with red flowers works wonderfully. 

8. With little space

As a visual finish and to delimit an area of ​​the garden, barbecue or balcony, a set of wooden or clay flower beds with lilies is excellent against the brick or masonry wall. 

9. Something rustic

For a rustic style space, a recycled wood cladding with an iron frame will look great if you crown it with a long gardener also made from recycled wood in which you plant aromatic herbs, some dwarf shrubs with flowers, lilies and miniature roses. 

10. Facing a green wall

To integrate the green tones of the vegetation, nothing better than a light green wall that highlights the freshness of the plants. But you should not forget to also include shrubs with yellow, brown leaves, some maria-sem-shame or lilies with white or pink flowers. 

11. A colorful garden

You can use the garden area to make a vegetable garden and enjoy the plants that you will integrate. Plant in boxes some aromatic and edible plants like basil, parsley, coriander, mint and chamomile and enjoy their aroma. 

12. Basket of flowers

You can also arrange a cover of flowers of different shades on the lawn, preferably from the same plant. In a clay vat, you can place special soil and plant flower seeds, which you can expect to multiply for your enjoyment. 

13. An area to relax

Without many complications or ultramodern designs, this garden shows us the joy of simplicity. A backyard with gravel or compacted sand, surrounded by different types of shrubs: lavender, basil, some rose bushes, laurel, a rosewood in the background. They are plants that require little maintenance, provide shade and refresh. 

14. Explosion of colors

A desolate backyard can take shape and color with a border of flowers of different colors, ranging from light yellow to intense orange and wine, passing through pink, peach and white with lilac tones. You can place some vases here and there to add dynamism to the space. 

15. Something rustic and discreet

For a small balcony with a rustic touch, you can integrate old wooden or stone elements, concrete vases and unpainted wooden boxes, with some ferns of various types, a dwarf palm or a rose bush. 

16. Delimiting areas

Wooden planters are easy to make and very useful. You can build long pieces that accommodate the areas of the yard that you want to define and plant aromatic herbs or dwarf shrubs of various types. 

17. Vertical and linear

For an integrated balcony design with a garden, this alternative is exceptional: a bamboo frame with some hanging plants, vases on the walls, ferns hanging from a structure on the wall and a perimeter planter with palm trees and shade plants. 

18. Mysterious and simple

With a mysterious and seductive touch, this balcony creates a focus on space with a rustic wooden door hanging on the wall that serves as a base for several vases suspended with plants, as well as two tall vases with flowers and wooden paths to transit. 

19. A complete combination

Another option for a beautiful balcony or corner of the yard is to place vases on the edges and corners, a little in pictures on the walls, on some wooden wall at the edge of the area and perhaps a flower path with stone blocks. 

20. An indoor garden

Like a small conservatory, this indoor garden looks warm and welcoming. The idea is to place rectangular vases that delimit the view through the large windows and larger vases in the corners with trees like olive trees.

21. Succulents

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DIY flower beds, beautiful view, and easy care

Who will argue that flowers are a wonderful decoration of the garden, some even plant the garden in order to grow them. But at the same time, the construction of flower beds is associated with significant material costs and very troublesome care. We will tell you how to create the most versatile of them – a mixborder and a raised flower garden, as well as the flowers that will decorate the garden with minimal care.

DIY flower beds and flower beds: a beautiful view and easy care

Flower beds from annuals are especially bright, they are well suited for ceremonial places, however, their arrangement requires an annual investment of time for growing planting material from seeds and buying seedlings in large quantities is quite expensive. With a shortage of time, effort, and money, it is more rational to lay flower beds from perennials in a small garden.

Among the elements of the flower decoration of the garden, flower beds with regular and landscape layouts are common. The first ones usually include flower stalls, flowerbeds of regular shape, linear flower beds – borders, and rabatka. Landscape flower beds combine mixed borders or mix orders, groups, and massifs in a natural style imitating a section of a flowering meadow, prairie, or shady forest edge.

DIY flower beds and flower beds: a beautiful view and easy care
Chistets and sage

Mixborder

Plants in mixborders are placed according to the usual principle: shrubs and tall flowering plants – in the background, low – forward.

To enhance the effect of the constant attractiveness of the flower garden, you should have an idea of ​​the timing of flowering of different species and varieties of plants. In mixborders, it is advisable to use decoratively stable species that allow you to form a dense, durable and colorfully saturated floral cover.

Colorful annuals maintain a constant holiday atmosphere. In diverse combinations, marigolds and alissum, marigolds and balsams, salvia and pansies, cineraria and petunia are used. Among biennials there are many interesting, besides tall plants, for example, stem roses, digitalis, mullein, or teasel. Peonies, geraniums, astilbe, daylilies, hosts, phloxes, cuffs and bells usually prevail among perennials in mixborders.

DIY flower beds and flower beds: a beautiful view and easy care
Bell, astilbe and clove-grass

Ground cover, creeping herbs are widely used: thyme, sedum, saxifrage, young, low cloves and phlox. Ferns and ornamental cereals are becoming increasingly popular. At the end of the season, the magic of the color of autumn foliage of shrubs and perennials begins to gain strength.

Decorative and deciduous and beautifully flowering shrubs add brilliance of colors to mixborders: roses, rhododendrons, euonymos, barberries, derrens, wiegels, spirea, cinquefoil, mock-ups, actions and magnificent buddles. Absolute hits in mixed flower beds of hydrangea are tree-like and panicled different varieties.

Along the paths, along the perimeter of paved areas, and sometimes for bordering flower beds, rabatki and borders are planted from dense, relatively undersized plants: shrub aster, host, primrose, narrow-leaved lavender, ash gray fescue, stonecrop of a prominent and others.

DIY flower beds and flower beds: a beautiful view and easy care

Simple and complex care flowers in the garden

Those gardeners who do not have the opportunity to constantly care for flower beds in their area should probably limit the use of plants that need special care, require shelter for the winter, tying them to support, constantly cutting off faded blossoms, digging bulbs, frequent transplants and dividing the bush.

Examples of such perennials include tulips, hyacinths, delphiniums, phloxes, dahlias, eremurus, knifofii, tuberous anemones, non-stable groups of irises, as well as some lilies, daffodils and hazel grouse. It should also be borne in mind that many chrysanthemums, hosts, violets, rogers, thyme, kirengeshoma, ostrovsky, lavender and other flowering plants can also suffer from colds, frosts, winter bites by mice.

In small flower gardens typical of small gardens, planting of perennials should be avoided, especially prone to aggressive growth and the formation of countless seeds. Among others, we can mention the Caucasian butterbur, the shrubby donkey, red-brown geranium, aquilegia, some geraniums and bells, the ostrich fern, common varietal chickweed, the veronica filiform, the forms of the creeper, digitalis, and some ornamental cereals, such as the sandworm or sandworm.

DIY flower beds and flower beds: a beautiful view and easy care
Pixie’s Asian lily hybrids are among the most unpretentioun

For flower beds, which do not require much effort and time to care , you can primarily recommend perennials such as Volzhanka, Elecampane, Telekia, Buzulniki, aconites, peonies, incense, astilbe and hosts. The same list can also include goldenrod, veronica and veronikaruma, purges, wormwood, rudbeckia, loosestrife, nyvyanik, lupine, daylilies, geyhera, saxifrage and sedum, many ornamental cereals: lightning, miscanthus, pike, fescue, celery.

Among the herbaceous perennials, distinguished by the enviable constancy of decorative qualities, one can name astilbe and daylilies, sage and catnip, stakhis and crypt. Having a constant attractiveness of appearance, these plants are not aggressive and get along well with their neighbors in flower beds of various types.

Raised flower bed

To give originality to the infield, you can build not an ordinary flower garden, but raised. It provides a safe growth of flower crops in conditions when the soil on the site is waterlogged, thanks to it the care of planted plants is facilitated, the volumetric structure of the garden is complicated, and additional vertical surfaces appear. The raised flower beds, in addition, make it possible to show in all its glory creeping and ampelous plants with shoots hanging to the ground in an even area.

DIY flower beds and flower beds: a beautiful view and easy care
Flower bed in container

The raised flower bed, whether it be a flower bed from annuals or a mixborder, significantly changes the perception of the area of ​​the site where it is located. In a small garden, a raised flower garden can be very tiny, even a ceramic container or a large clay pot with flowers planted in it can play its role.

When constructing a raised flower bed, different materials are used to mount the wall or sides: natural stone (blocks of sandstone, dolomite, tuff or more dense rocks, flagstone), brick, clinker or wooden timber. The height of the design of the raised flower bed can be from 20-30 cm to 1 m, length and width are arbitrary, in accordance with the plan and features of the place.

On the site reserved for a mixborder or flowerbed, the upper 20-cm layer of soil is removed. A geotextile is laid on the bottom of the pit along the perimeter of the future structure, then a layer of medium-sized crushed stone 10 cm thick, which is carefully compacted, and a 5-centimeter layer of sand is poured on top and spilled with water.

Stone blocks or flagstone are laid sequentially on the sand, row after row, and if the flower garden is not high, then by the dry masonry method, otherwise a cement mortar is used. The brick is also placed on a cement mortar, while the lined walls are covered with tiles or sawn flagstone from above to protect against moisture.

DIY flower beds and flower beds: a beautiful view and easy care
Just one or two rows of stones will allow you to form a raised mixborder

The timber and other wood materials are treated with antifungal agents and isolated from the base and soil with sheets of roofing felt.

Inside the walls of the resulting structure, a drainage layer about 10 cm thick of crushed brick, gravel or coarse sand is poured, and on top is a soil substrate with a layer of at least 30 cm, as for ordinary flower beds.

For most perennials and annuals, a standard peat-based fertile soil is suitable, for “alpine” plants a soil mixture is prepared with a high content of sand and gravel, for decorative vegetable crops with the addition of compost and humus, for conifers, heathers, and rhododendrons, a soil with a generous admixture is needed coniferous land and horse peat.

Layout of the suburban area: where to place the house and everything else

Not everyone is ready to endure a hut and an overgrown garden in the country  . After acquiring a summer cottage, many simply scratch their hands to plant and build something there. Where to start – first build, then plant or vice versa? Soil scientist Pavel Trannua in the book “Cottage from scratch” advises to begin the arrangement of the cottage with the layout. To figure out how to arrange the house and other buildings – taking into account future landings, of course. But nothing, especially fruit trees, yet to plant.

In which part of the plot is it best to position the house

In which part of the plot is it best to position the house

If we are talking about the middle lane, then in a small summer cottage, the main structure should be placed from the north , otherwise the entire remaining area will be in the shade, and it will no longer make sense to grow apple trees or other fruit trees. The same can be said about the garden, about roses …

The fact is that today people have a habit, in addition to “grandiose” buildings, also blocking themselves with deaf galvanized hedges, which also create a shadow. In a small area of ​​3–6 hundred square meters, there is an acute shortage of landing areas for “normal” ones, i.e. the most numerous, sun-loving cultures.

If you plan to have a serious fruit orchard on your site , where there will be several seed and stone fruits crops, and even 2-3 varieties each, then proceed from the fact that the most advantageous place for all fruit trees is the place in front of the house on the south side , or the so-called front garden, since the rays of the sun reflected from the buildings fall on it. This place is very different in the amount of heat even from just open space, not to mention the shaded corners, so here all varieties get an advantage and have higher productivity.

What are the other conditions for choosing a home location? Usually they try to put the house on the highest place of the site in order to avoid strong flooding by groundwater. A good house means the ground floor in the form of a basement or at least a cellar, and it is protected from water by all possible means.

And what about the temporary entrance, because the building material will be delivered to the construction site?

If you have old or used boards at your disposal, then it is worth paving a temporary entrance for cars so that the wheels do not roll out the “dirt” so much – the place of your possible future flower garden or garden.

Rest zone

An outdoor dining area is more often located on the north or northeast side of the house to have breakfast in the soft morning sun and then spend most of the day in a saving shade.

For the construction of such a site there is no need to “dig a pit too” and even arrange a deep sand cushion under it with the removal of the upper fertile layer of the earth. Since in the future you can decide to transfer the site, and here to grow plants that prefer shade, it is prudent to lay the tile on a layer of sand, poured on top of a fertile layer to preserve it completely. In the buried (preserved) form, the primordial soil lies for decades, without losing its properties, and then it is easily included in crop production.

Outbuildings

They are also desirable to be located in the northern part of the plot, so that they create less shadow. If you choose between east and west, then the eastern side of the site should be open to the sun, therefore, farm buildings should be moved to the western part.

Often, outbuildings are located near the house, so that they form a single complex.

Outbuildings

Place for installing a toilet and street sewage

This is a very important point. Both the toilet and the open sink pollute the soil with salt and soda and other detergents. Here, the accumulation of these substances proceeds at a faster rate than washing with spring water from snowmelt. Therefore, both of them are desirable to be located away from plantings and at the same time in the lowest part of the site, to take into account the movement of groundwater.

Artificial pond

Previously, it was customary to arrange a pond in the lowest part of the site so that the water could stand longer in the summer, but with the advent of durable film waterproofing it became possible to make a pond in any part of the site. Moreover, the lake can be made both dug and “external”, i.e. with full bulkheads, which is more convenient for a complete drain of water for the winter.

When choosing a place for a pond in a summer cottage, it should be borne in mind that it should be enclosed by arches of trees or a high shrub on the south side, otherwise the water will bloom from excess sunlight. The role of shading, of course, can perform and buildings.

Indeed, the artificial pond in the estate is one of the convenient facilities for the rational use of shady places. So, a pond can be arranged among the crowns of fruit trees, where as they grow older it will be impossible to plant anything properly.

In this case, all the embankments are prepared first: both under the pond and under the trees (the latter, according to the principle, the higher the better, they can even rise above the water level on their embankments), and only then, after filling the pond with water, they buy in nursery seedlings of apple trees and other fruit trees.

“And if you still dig a pond without an underlying film, such as a fire pond, which were arranged earlier in all garden associations?”

A natural pond will constantly keep water only in really low areas. Water from a reservoir tends to go into groundwater all summer. In any natural body of water, the water level drops all summer, and after rains it rises again, and then drops again – and so it constantly fluctuates. In arid hot summers, the water in a shallow pond can completely disappear. Accordingly, the nymphs planted there in pots are exposed.

As practice shows, the most successful decisions on the planning of a summer cottage come gradually, so it’s not practical to start all excavation work right away and turn the entire territory of a summer cottage into a quarry. It’s more competent to start with the most necessary – with preparing a place for a house and outbuildings, where you definitely need to dig pits for the foundations.

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The sensory garden and its main characteristics

The garden, since antiquity, has always been a space for leisure and pleasure mixing a paradigm of dream and reality. Through this space, it was possible to travel in time, experience different sensations, promote encounters and get in touch with nature in its most exuberant expression.
According to Michael Corajaud, the garden is like a fragment of a dream and must be shared by each and every user, including those with some kind of disability – visual, hearing or physical. The elderly are also entitled, with their natural loss of mobility and decreased senses.

But, unfortunately, a large part of Brazilian gardens, both residential and public, do not serve this portion of society due to the lack of adequacy of their spaces. Most of the gardens are not adapted for people with disabilities and / or the elderly, including inadequate species in their spaces, not to mention constructive details such as recesses and unevenness that hinder the circulation of the disabled.

The idea of ​​creating a residential sensory garden, with very peculiar conditions, arose exactly to alleviate all this difficulty, in addition to providing this part of society with contact with nature in their own homes. The garden design can be adapted for balconies and even for the interior of the houses.

The sensory garden should be suspended at a predetermined height, considering the passage for both wheelchair users and the visually impaired and the elderly. This feature guarantees free access to everyone who wants to touch or care for species with ease.

The sensorial garden has a great oriental influence, manifesting itself through four senses of the human body:
• Touch, through the textures of plants,
• Hearing, with water fountains,
• Vision, through exuberant colors and, finally
• The smell with the aromas of the species.

Sensory Garden in the Botanical Garden of Rio de JaneiroThe species have different textures and through them it is possible to guarantee a satisfactory result, through touch. A good example of this is the case with succulents. A small cactus garden can have infinite textures and an excellent result, especially considering the visually impaired.

The small fountains and fountains of water are also responsible for pleasant sensations and can be inserted in any garden through a simple water pumping system similar to that used in aquariums. The sound emitted by the water is soothing and therapeutic according to holistic experts.

The lush colors of the flowers and foliage also guarantee excellent results with regard to the visual aspect of the garden. Their combinations can consider the most infinite color ranges. Petunias, cat tails, violets, peace lilies, geraniums, ixoras and plumbagos are among the most popular for small pots and planters. The polychromatic result can also vary according to the seasons.

And finally, sensory olfactory gardens – commonly known as aromatic or herbal gardens, of medieval influence – can also be used. In these gardens it is possible to feel the pleasant aroma of herbs and homemade spices, in addition to serving in the preparation of culinary recipes and spices in general. The most used species are rosemary, mint, basil, parsley, chives, ginger, coriander, as well as herbs that serve for ointments and teas, such as chamomile, fennel and lemon balm, among others.

According to experts, aromatic herbs have therapeutic effects, they enter through the sensitive cells that cover the nasal passages, reaching straight to the brain. In this way, these herbs affect emotions, acting on the limbic system that also controls the main functions of the body.

Below are listed some of the most important and well-known therapeutic herbs and their main characteristics:

Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

The name has an Arabic linguistic origin, comes from the word “al ikilil”. Herb from the Mediterranean region, was highly appreciated for its aromatic and medicinal virtues. Legend has it that the Queen of Hungary, Elizabeth, who lived in the 13th century, cured her rheumatism and gout with water prepared by rosemary.

Mint (Mentha avensis)

Mint

There are many varieties of mint, each with its own characteristics. The ancients said that knowing all varieties would be as difficult as knowing how to buy them in pharmacies. Its aromatic essence has a digestive and decongestant therapeutic effect.

Basil (Ocimun minimum)

Basil

Natural herbaceous from tropical Asia, Africa and some Pacific islands. Repels insects in vegetable gardens and gardens. Widely used in home medicine in the form of tea for relaxing and relieving nervous headaches. Also used by holistic therapists in aromatherapy, to treat several other symptoms.

Parsley

Parsley (Petroselinum sativum)

It is the most used herb in the kitchen, as it garnishes salads, fish, vegetables and much more. All parts are used because they have the same aroma. Mythology tells that Hercules, the winner of the Numidian lion, was crowned with parsley leaves. A modest ornament for such a great hero, when others were crowned with laurel leaves. Parsley has therapeutic aromatic power for “cystitis”, and is found in supermarkets in bouquets, usually along with chives.

It is important to note that all the species mentioned above are perfectly adaptable to planting in planters, small beds or pots. When choosing species for sensory gardens, it is essential to avoid those that have thorns, such as rose bushes, some bromeliads and succulents. Some plants with toxic substances, such as thorn of Christ and me-nobody-can, among others, should also be avoided.

How about a garden inside the house?

Recently, hanging gardens began to appear in homes for the sake of sustainability and are currently widely used as a decorative element in homes.

This type of foliage differs from the traditional garden by the aesthetic factor, but the care must be the same. Those who comment on the subject are the professionals at Traço Final Arquitetura.

Thermal insulation

Despite being aesthetically beautiful and widely used as part of decoration, the hanging gardens are functional and help with ventilation. excessive use of air conditioning, resulting in energy savings.

Aesthetically beautiful

Any house or apartment can have this type of garden. It brings a green look to the environment, which can be explored creatively. “In addition to more traditional elements, such as porcelain and plastic, the support pieces can be reusable materials such as pallets, fair boxes, pet bottles”, comments architect Fernanda Bittencourt.

Maintenance

Whether the garden is fixed to the wall or suspended by tensioned ropes, there are some precautions that must be taken with the garden indoors. “Regarding the support base, it is necessary to apply a waterproofing material to guarantee the material’s durability. And over plants, prefer succulent species. Despite the low maintenance, irrigation must be constant ”, explains the civil engineer, Elaine Baggio.

These are just three reasons for including this type of garden at home. It is worth remembering that it is very important to choose a well-ventilated and sunny environment to house the plants.

Do you know where to put your plants indoors?

It is from the windows that the main light comes from, responsible for the growth of the plants. But it is not anywhere that you can place them inside your home.

Each plant has its light requirement, from the minimum necessary to survive, to the ideal amount of light so that it reaches the maximum of its flowering or growth.

It is not enough just to bring the plants close to the window, thinking that this is enough for it to develop. North-facing windows show a lot of light variation during all seasons. In the winter, when the sun is lower, the light enters most of the day, as in the summer in only half of this time.

East-facing windows have better sunshine in the morning, but later in the day this facade becomes colder than a north or west facade.

In the west the sun becomes very hot in the summer and it is therefore not advisable to leave the plants exposed directly to that light.

Openings in the south façade have the worst light, including in the summer and therefore should be used exclusively by plants that must be grown in low light areas.

Insufficient light leaves the plants with weak, thin and pale branches, while excess light can cause burns on the leaves.

Remember that plants always grow towards the light source, so be sure to rotate your pots frequently so that the plants grow evenly.

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6 types of roses: description and care. What roses to plant in the garden?

It happens like this: roses bloom in your garden that were once planted by someone, and you really don’t know what kind of varieties they are and what kind of care they need. Is it necessary, for example, to shelter them for the winter? And it happens that a bush or climbing rose in a neighboring area will amaze the imagination and want the same. We learn to understand the types of roses: what we have and what we want.

Roses in the garden

Due to external advantages, roses are used in garden design especially widely: they are applicable in all garden styles, combined with almost any landscape objects – both natural and architectural – and are accent plants. Even the whole garden as a whole can be dedicated to roses – and it will be a beautiful, interesting, memorable garden without any signs of monotony.

Choose roses depending on their use. There are several types of roses.

Hybrid Tea Roses

Rosa 'Dark Night' (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Classic roses are the most beautiful. They have very large flowers (10–13 cm in size), very remarkable, regular in shape, with a cone-shaped core, and they are single in location. The height of the bush is about 90 cm.

Hybrid tea roses have a strong aroma. The colors are the most diverse, there are even shades close to blue. The color and luster of the leaves also varies. Hybrid tea roses can be grown either as a bush or as a standard tree. These roses are the most demanding. To get such beauty, you need to try.

At the same time, tea roses have their own characteristics: they do not bloom repeatedly, flowers on the bush are quite rare. Therefore, it is better to admire such roses near and complement them with other flowering plants, which will take on the main role during the period when the roses do not bloom.

Roses Floribunda

Floribunda rose | Better Homes & Gardens

Also very beautiful roses, although in appearance of the flower, they, of course, are inferior to tea hybrid. Their flowers are smaller in size, 5–9 cm, more “friable” in shape, arranged not separately, with brushes. They are less fragrant. The height of the bush is 60–70 cm; but there are low varieties, not higher than 45 cm. Such roses are suitable for growing in containers.

Roses of Floribunda have obvious advantages: they bloom all season, look very bright (brighter than tea hybrid), can be containerized, and most importantly – very unpretentious, not afraid of dampness, rarely affected by pests and diseases, quite frost-resistant.

Mini roses

Red Minimo' microminiature rose (With images) | Fairy garden plants

They represent, as it were, reduced copies of ordinary roses. But in this miniature lies their charm. The height of the bush is 20–40 cm, the flowers are small, heaped, often double. The small size allows you to use these roses to implement interesting landscape ideas, for example, arrange rockeries with roses.

Typically, these roses are grafted, which allows them to maintain their small size. Bloom from mid-summer to autumn, quite a long time. The colors are very diverse: from delicate to very bright shades.

These roses, as well as hybrid tea, are quite demanding to care for: they require regular plentiful watering and top dressing, they do not tolerate dry air, are often affected by pests and do not like to be disturbed by their roots. They prefer open air, so they are completely unsuitable for home breeding.For some reason, mini-roses stubbornly continue to try to grow in the apartment. Here, their size plays an important role – it seems that these roses are “homemade”. However, in the apartment they can live no more than 4 months.

Ground cover roses

Varieties of White Garden Rose (With images) | White gardens ...

Perhaps they are the most unpretentious – and at the same time very beautiful. The bushes of these roses seem to creep along the ground, releasing many shoots covered with hundreds of small terry flowers of various colors. As a result, the bush becomes like a blooming mound.

The height of the “hill” is from 20 cm to 1.8 m, and the width is from 1.5 to 2 m. Sometimes the flowering is so plentiful that leaves are not visible. It blooms all season, from June to frost. These roses do not need special care, watering and top dressing, like any other perennials. They tolerate dry air normally and, like all roses, need shelter; they are frost-resistant: they can withstand up to -35 ° C under cover.

Climbing roses

Seven tips for growing climbing roses | Rose garden design

These are enchantingly beautiful roses. They look so luxurious not only due to beautiful flowers and plentiful flowering, but also because they are vertical. By itself, such a rose will not curl, it needs to be helped, periodically tying the shoots to the support.

There are roses that bloom very abundantly once a season. They are usually small-flowered with a brush-like arrangement of flowers. Such roses form a large number of thin shoots, it is more difficult to cut them. And there are varieties that bloom not so magnificent, but longer, constantly forming new and new buds. These roses are large-flowered, and they are spectacular due to the size of the flowers. They have thicker shoots, they are not so “mixed up”.

Contrary to popular belief, a climbing rose is not very demanding, the main thing is to warm it well for the winter. To do this, it must be removed from the support and placed in a shelter. This, in fact, is the whole difficulty: it is difficult to remove the rose from the support.

Description of roses

Shrub roses

The Fairy SHRUB ROSE | Quality Roses Direct From Grower

This is the least common type, although it deserves wider use. Although these roses are less decorative than all of the above, they practically do not require leaving, and for many corners of the garden, especially uncomfortable, they are irreplaceable.

In appearance, these roses resemble high rose hips, but they have more beautiful flowers, usually double ones. The bush is very tall, at least 1 m high. Flowering is mostly single, the flowers are lush, fragrant.

In general, this rose has a shade of country or eco style, it is such a natural image. It can also be used for landscaping the outer territory beyond the perimeter of the site, as well as for hedges.

Best neighbors for roses

Not any plants are combined with roses, since roses are very elegant and have a special texture. Flowers planted next to roses should emphasize their beauty, serve as a suitable style for the background and in no case argue with the queen of the garden.

Here are some plants that can be a worthy addition to a rose in compositions, flower beds, mixborders: delphinium, digitalis, bell, mallow (stem-rose), Italian aster, purple stonecrop, rudbeckia, panicled phlox, giant onion, daylily, Turkish clove, cosmea, cuff, woolly cleaner; at some distance you can plant a gypsophila.

Preparing roses for winter

For the winter, roses are sure to be covered. There are many different ways to do this, but not all of them are equally good, as the rose is also very afraid of undermining.

Rosa needs a warm “house” for the winter, but with good air exchange. In principle, the type of house is the same for climbing roses, and for all others. The best option is a wooden box plus a dense two-layer spunbond on top. Such shelter is both warm and breathable.

Instead of a wooden box, you can use a cross-mounted garden designer, pull on it two layers of dense spunbond, and on top – a plastic film.

They do nothing with ordinary, bush roses, and the climbing rose must first be removed from the support (this is the most difficult thing – it pricks significantly). Therefore, it is better to purchase a flexible special support for it, which can be removed from the main support (arches, arbors) and stacked with a rose. Then cut the shoots by 1/3, curl them up and lay them in a “house” on a layer of sawdust or a spread sheet of polystyrene foam.

Austin Roses at the best price

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All roses are planted in a container of 5 liters, carefully grown, bloomed and some on the buds yet.
Pick up daily in Golyanovo, Kuzminki evening by appointment, Volga on Saturdays.
Live photo: Varieties: GERTRUDE JEKYLL 4 pieces 750 rubles each. One of the best and most popular varieties of David Austin. The flowers are saturated pink, in the center pale raspberry, fade to pale pink at the edges. They open wide, showing a mass of small petals, sometimes forming a quartered center, and occasionally show golden stamens. Flowers appear in small brushes of 3-5 pcs. The aroma is very strong, from the petals of Gertrude Jakyll make essential oil for perfumes.

Wollerton Old Hall 2 pieces for 800 rubles.
New in 2011. The variety was named after one of the most beautiful private gardens in the UK, which is located next to the Austin garden.
The rounded terry flower (26–40 petals) initially has the color of butter and, as it dissolves, gradually brightens, reaching a light cream. The aroma is saturated, with notes of myrtle. The rose blooms very long, almost continuously throughout the season.

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Gardening with kids – 3 easy and fun projects

A garden can also be a wonderful playground for children of all ages. There are many things to explore: different forms of plants, leaves and flowers. Different colors and smells, lots to move and lots to learn.

Gardening with children

Gardening gives the little ones some learning and almost always a lot of fun. There are many projects that we can do with them, even at this time of year. Take a look at these 3 suggestions of activities that I did here at home with my little ones and enjoy the Carnival holidays to play and garden!

1. Construction of a mini nursery 

Gardening with children

Objective : To be able to see how plants grow from small seeds.

To germinate seeds in the middle of winter, we only need a small greenhouse, even if improvised on a covered balcony (sunroom) or in a more protected area of ​​the house.

Age  from 3

Location   Interior

Suitable seasons: Autumn-Winter

Approximate time to complete the project : 1 to 3 weeks (depending on the type of sowing done)

Materials

  • Various seeds of vegetables, herbs or flowers (let them choose)
  • Suitable substrate for sowing
  • Propagators or pots, preferably biodegradable
  • Sprinkler for watering
  • Identification plates
  • Greenhouse or protected area

Instructions

  1. Fill the pots with substrate
  2. Place the seeds in the appropriate depth (sow)
  3. Cover in proportion to the size of each seed (depth must be 2X the size of the seed)
  4. Identify sowing
  5. Place in a sheltered or protected place
  6. When they germinate, place in a bright place and do not forget to water

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You can reuse toilet paper rolls or egg cartons to make the effect of biodegradable pots. Do not forget that heat and humidity are necessary for the seeds to germinate.

 2. Prepare and plant  your garden

Gardening with children

gardening with children

Objective: To allow them to have a vision of where the food comes from and raise awareness of a greater taste for vegetables.

Involving them in planning your garden is essential. Let them choose what to plant or sow. Being able to have your bed, prepare the soil and decide how you are going to organize your garden is also very important. We don’t need to worry too much about the organization of the garden, above all, the most important thing is the fun they can have in this process.

To motivate them in this project we must choose vegetables that are easier to plant and/or sow and that can germinate quickly so that they can be harvested in a short time. Check out these articles if you already grow or plan to grow with kids: How to motivate them  and my top 5 plants to plant with kids

Age  from 3

Activity location   outdoor

Suitable seasons: In the four seasons

Approximate time to complete the project  4-12 weeks (depending on the varieties chosen).

Materials:

  • Vegetable, herb and flower seeds
  • young vegetable plants for transplanting
  • Large beds or pots
  • Suitable substrate
  • Organic fertilizer (can be liquid or solid)

Instructions :

  • Let them design their garden
  • Prepare the pot or bed, placing the appropriate substrate
  • Allow them to sow and plant, and record the date when they sow and plant.
  • Let them be the reaper

Tips:

Because the fun of any activity is seeing the results and learning what works and what doesn’t, I propose that they keep a written record of the care they took in the garden and the crops they did.

planting bulbs with children

Objective : To show creative ways to reuse packaging and explore the plastic arts. Bulbs are a good option as they are very easy to plant and care for, even indoors.

Age  from 2 years

Location   Interior

Suitable seasons: Autumn – Winter

Approximate time to complete : 3 to 6 weeks (until the first flowering)

Materials :

  • Cans or other packaging made of hard and resistant material
  • Substrate suitable for planting in pot
  • Bulb varieties (choose your favorites with the kids)

Instructions:

  1. Buy varieties of bulbs to plant with them
  2. Take advantage of some packaging to decorate and plant. I took advantage of my baby’s milk cans and they were beautiful
  3. Fill the pots with substrate
  4. Plant the purchased bulbs, considering the size of the bulb and the plant in its growth and flowering phase

Tips:

At this time, you can choose a wide variety of bulbs that in a very short time will bring a lot of color to your balconies. Tulips, daffodils, freesias, hyacinths …

They must not forget to check that the packages have adequate drainage to avoid soaking the soil and thus limit the risk of the bulbs rotting.

The big secret for having fun in the garden with the little ones is choosing the plants that they like best and that grow faster. Then just tell them that the plants also like to be cared for, just like us, they are thirsty, hungry, they need protection and attention.

Gardening with children – 8 Benefits

Gardening with children

It is no longer news that I am a fan of family farming. And having a large family, I almost always count on the help of my little ones in the vegetable garden and garden. My first-rate helpers are the 11-year-old princess and my 9-year-old rascal.

Children love to use their hands to create things. Gardening offers wonderful options for activities to be able to play, learn and grow.

In my experience, I decided to list the list of the 8 benefits that seem most relevant to me.

The 8 Benefits of Gardening with Kids

1. Gardening involves all the senses

It allows them to touch and feel the textures of seeds, earth, leaves, flowers or even fruits. Observing the colors, smelling the smells, watching the plants grow is a continuous awakening for all the senses.

2. Promotes healthier eating

Sometimes it is not easy to convince them to eat some vegetables. When they can grow their own beans, carrots, and lettuces, they will also find it easier to eat what they planted. Look here, to let them have their garden.

3.  Improves motor development

Putting soil and seeds in the pots, planting and watering, also promotes and facilitates a better development of your motor skills that will also help in school in the future, such as writing, cutting, painting, etc.

4.  Arouse interest in science

Gardening is an interesting activity that can spark the interest of the little ones in the world of science, especially botany, biology and chemistry. In fact, it arouses curiosity for simple things like the simple process of seed germination. They will also better understand the impact of sunlight and water on plant growth.

5. Teaches you to take responsibility

Gardening is a great way to teach children the meaning of “responsibility”. They learn that to be successful in their harvests, they need to take care of their seeds or plants every day. To help with this task, you can make them a checklist on the care of your plants. 

6. Develops Mathematical Skills

We can work on mathematics in many moments of gardening: measure the depth of the sowing, count the seeds, measure the growth of the plant and even create a graph. We can also measure and compare the sizes of the vegetables or identify the different shapes that we can find in a garden.

7. Teaches patience

Whenever I go to garden with my children, I train patience and they too! All children like to have immediate results, I speak for mine, they want everything for yesterday, or for now. However, gardening is a slow process (most of the time). The little ones will have to learn to be patient when they wait for their flowers or for their vegetables to grow. It is important that they realize that the wait will be worthwhile and that they can enjoy every moment of it.

8. Improves the ability to plan and organize

Planning and organizing a garden can take some time. We must know which flowers bloom at each time of the year, how long it takes a seed to germinate and when is the best time to plant each variety. Involving children in this process helps to increase their planning and problem solving skills that can be passed on to all facets of life!

There are many more, but these benefits seem to be the most important and that’s why I decided to share. I hope that for you it also makes sense and garden more with your little gardeners.

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Gardens: tips to make outdoor spaces more beautiful

Gardens: wonderful tricks and ideas to transform open spaces and make them more beautiful

The gardens are places to there special. Those who have such a space at home are very lucky. This is because, in open areas, people can better rest, breathe the fresh air, and socialize with family and friends in unique moments.

In addition, plants offer many benefits for your physical and mental health. However, they do not always receive the care and attention they deserve.balcony with green garden

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Decorating open spaces – Tips for gardens

Furniture

The person who wants to make the most of this proximity to nature must create corners within the garden. To sit, admire the landscape, read a book and receive visitors, there is no lack of furniture.

On the market, there are pieces in different materials, such as wood – unless indicated – aluminum and plastic.  The important thing is that they are resistant and easy to clean.

There are several good ideas – simple and practical – that anyone, with little investment and dedication, can put into practice to improve the look of the gardens.

Examples of garden furniture side tables, chairs, armchairs, drawers, sun loungers, hammocks, boxes for storing logs, sideboards, umbrellas, and others.

Now, it should be noted that those who are unable to purchase new parts can bet on old parts.

When well painted and varnished, they are capable of composing, with the same beauty, corners of welcome and rest.

They may be in the spotlight, amid new pieces – supporting vases, for example, or gaining a new utility, such as wheelbarrows used as flower boxes.garden with bench and stones

This photo belongs to the Jardim Marajoara Residence project of the Jardim environment.

Plants and flowers

There are dry gardens, that is, without plants. But, the beauty and delicacy of natural species is never too much. The most beautiful open spaces present, precisely, many plants and flowers.

If the available area is reduced, an infallible decoration idea is the use of pots and planters. The sum of several cultivated species creates outstanding points within the scenario, as a whole.

The pots can mark flowerbeds, paths and accesses to the building. They can also be accommodated vertically, forming a true green wall.

This type of garden is very practical – they can even have holes for draining water. They also bring many benefits to the home, such as humidity control and acoustic and thermal protections.garden decorated with vases and flowers

This photo belongs to the Leisure Area – Ed. Villa Veneto project of the Jardim environment.

Those who want to set up a simpler vertical garden can choose specific or alternative materials.

Some cement blocks are specially developed to accommodate plants on walls. But demolition pieces, like old shutters, adapted to accommodate flower pots, also work. Plants in this case are indicated by ferns, ivy and monkey hands.

It is important to know all species and look for the most appropriate techniques for planting. Also the type of soil and pots available.

Any style or size of land will require care. Plants will need watering, fertilizing, pruning and natural light to grow healthily.  All of this must be taken into account when planning the garden.

vertical garden in rustic outdoor area

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This photo belongs to the Sumaré project of the Jardim environment.

Decorative objects

To enhance the beauty of the gardens – of their furniture pieces, vases, plants and flowers – decorative objects can be added to the set.

Some accessories are well known and easy to purchase, such as fountains, wind chimes, fireplaces, showers, tents and others.

There are already those that are the fruit of the residents’ creativity.decorated garden in the yard

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The unusual items – besides being economical – can be transformed into cheerful and relaxed ornaments for the gardens, reinforcing the artistic concept of the space.

Examples are galoshes, tires, kettles, soup ladles, glass cups, cups, preserves, cans, vegetable crates, and pallets.

Other additions

Gardens filled with flower beds have more beautiful and delicate looks than dry gardens. But, to move between the flower bed areas, enjoy the view and rest, there must be paved and even covered areas.

These paths can be made of wood, tile or stone.

To highlight the route, it is interesting to make scores with luminaires – those with solar panels are the most low-maintenance.garden at the entrance to the house

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The presence of wooden decks, gazebos and pergolas brings warmth, elegance and enhances the natural and magical aspect of the scenery.

Boulders around the beds are beautiful additions to the decor, marking the margins and contrasting plant floors.garden decorated with red flowers

This photo belongs to the Comfortable Garden project of the Jardim environment.

And the addition of water, in small ponds and fountains, is the final touch of style that can be given to the garden – especially if you have some fish.

Living decoration: 5 tips for the health of your home plants

Whether ornamental, edible, medicinal or just a way to make rooms more cozy and personalized: having a small garden at home is a touch of freshness for the home-style and also for the well-being of the residents, but to ensure all these benefits, you need to take some time to help vegetables grow in a healthy way.

If you just bought your first seedling or you don’t know what to do with those fragile-looking leaves, we give you the essential tips for you to take this therapeutic letter practice:

 1. Water is indispensable …

Plant Health - Brightly Colored Leaves

It may seem silly and even kind of obvious to talk about how essential it is to water the plants frequently, but this is rule number one and it must be remembered.

Without adequate hydration, the leaves are dry and withered, while excess water prevents them from releasing oxygen and, consequently, turning yellow. That’s not what you want your pots to look like, right?

The ideal is, in addition to knowing the right amount for each species, always check the soil moisture.

If it is dry, it is time to water it, but if you have too much liquid, you will need to drain it and leave some time without irrigation for the absorption to be regulated.

 2.… And light too!

Plant Health - Illuminated Room

Basic element that even novice caregivers know to be essential, light in the right measure is the first step to keep plants healthy.

Each type requires a different level of exposure and it is very important that this characteristic is respected since the lack of it can prevent the process of photosynthesis and leave the leaves weak and listless, while placing the vase in the sun at the wrong times can damage them.

Research and find out if the varieties you have at home should receive direct, indirect light, where the exposure time is limited to three hours in bright environments, but without direct contact with the rays, and half shade, which represents the sun in your weakest hours. 

3. Fertile land, healthy development

Plant health - Care for plants

So that the leaves, flowers or fruits of your pots are always beautiful and healthy, it is necessary to create a favorable surface for growth, and there is no better way to guarantee this than with fertilizer.

You can choose to enrich the soil and provide nutrients through organics, such as peels and stems of vegetables, greens and fruits, substrate or even live worms, but you can also bet on inorganic versions – these are those found ready to sell and that they are generally used to replace 3 essential substances: calcium, potassium and nitrogen.

Linked directly to the cellular structure and growth of plants, the deficiency of these elements is shown through the leaves, which tend to turn yellowish or brown, not to mention unregulated growth.

In this case, it is worth reading about the cultivated species and then a visit to the gardening store. 

4. The right space to grow well 

Plant health - Pots and tools

It won’t be much use taking all the precautions mentioned so far if the root of your plant will be squeezed in a small vase, right?

Keep in mind that you do not need to have a gigantic area, or live in a house with a yard to be able to have a green corner, but, to ensure the good health of the plants, you need to respect their structure.

Tree trunks and broad branches also have larger, deeper and stronger roots, so they need a bed, while medium and small ones do well in pots, as long as they follow the size of the plant. Then just choose the environment that you will dedicate to this practice and use your creativity to distribute the pots in a way that adapts well to the home.

How about creating a room inspired by the urban jungle trend using shelves, bookcases, macramés, and hooks on the ceiling or, if you prefer, make a vertical garden in the kitchen?

5. Avoid pests, the biggest threat to plant health

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