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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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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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How to choose plants for the garden

The pleasures of gardening are as many as the extensive variety of plants and flowers that, with a little care and continuous maintenance, transform any piece of land into an enchanted garden. One of the first steps is to choose the right plants… see how!

What is your green style?

• Defining the purpose of your garden is usually the step before choosing and purchasing the plants themselves. The idea is to design a garden space that matches the house, with your lifestyle, with the availability you will have for gardening itself and, of course, with your personal tastes.

• Is the mental image of a garden covered in thousand and one-color flowers something you like? Do you prefer ornamental plants? Have you always dreamed of a small vegetable garden with vegetables or herbs?

• If flowers are your true passion, know how to distinguish between annual flowers – they will have to be planted every year, but they bloom almost all summer; and the perennial flowers – the flowering time is shorter, but they “burst” every year without needing a new planting.

• Variety is a strong point and even advised, but if you are a novice in the field of gardening, start with a small garden so you can experiment and be successful before expanding it!

Location is everything!

How to Create a More Accessible Garden

• Assess the space available and create the boundaries of your future garden, preferably outside places of great human traffic; very close to the space where your children play cowboys; or easy access to pets, neighbors or even stray.

• Invest some time in observing the hours of sun and shade that bathe this space – this information is crucial to know what type of plants and / or flowers you can plant there, with the majority needing six hours of sunlight every day ! If you find that there is more shade than sun (ie less than six hours of direct sunlight), do not despair, there are several species that prefer cooler places!

• There is no point in experimenting – plants that need sun will eventually get sick or die if they spend too much time in the shade and the same will happen if plants that require cool places are exposed to the sun.

• For places with a lot of sun, the options include: tomatoes, leafy vegetables, lavender, sage, melissa, geranium, gazania, adelfa, azaleas and cacti, just to mention a few.

• The shade brings with it some advantages: the flora needs less water, resists lower temperatures, will have less problems with the emergence of weeds and pests. With regard to plants suitable for shade, hosta, tulips, amaryllis, violets, ferns, bergenias, acanthus, lobelia, euphorbia, anemones, columbia and some species of hydrangeas, among others, are recommended.

• The quality of the soil is crucial, if that were not the real sustenance of any garden! In this sense, there are several soil analysis kits to ensure that yours is in perfect health to receive brand new plants!

One degree above, one degree below.

• Flowers and plants react differently, depending on the temperature to which they are exposed. If the heat makes some bloom, it can be disastrous for others. Regarding the cold, the reasoning is the same. Be aware of the specifics of the plants that you would like to include in your garden.

• In this sense, avoid tropical and exotic plants or any other that is not local or national … so as not to suffer a great disappointment.

Color and live.

• A colorful garden is a treat for the view but, for those who take the first steps in this unknown territory, it is advisable to use two or three colors at most. Be inspired by the environment that will surround your garden, without forgetting the different plants that you will combine, each one having different tones in terms of trunk, flower, leaves and fruits. Combine the colors of your garden as you would decorate your room, for example.

• In terms of visual effect, the warm colors (yellow, orange and red) give the garden a sumptuous and cozy look; instead of the cool colors (blue, lilac and purple) that make the garden look bigger than it really is, so a good tip for those with limited space.

• Choosing the colors, let yourself be carried away by the incredible sizes, shapes and textures that many plants present. In addition to the tones, the setting of a garden can be completed thanks to the diversity achieved with plants that show brilliant or worked foliage. They can be the perfect accompaniment for very showy flowers or even help delicate flowers stand out. Use your imagination (and who knows!) For unique combinations!

Quantity and quality.

• The smaller a garden, the less plants and flowers you will need, so as not to run the risk of planting a big mess! As a general rule, for a small space, choose two or three varieties, acquiring three copies of each, that is, there are already nine plants!

• For larger spaces, pay attention to the width of each plant (the current one or the one you will reach) before deciding how many to take.

• If you are still undecided, use this tip: if you want a garden with an immediate impact, that is, grown and quite filled in the first year, you will have to put the cuttings closer together or purchase larger plants. If you are not in a hurry, let the plants grow at will, filling the “voids” with annual flowers if you want.

Seeds or stake.

• Another decision you will need to make when choosing your plants is whether to plant them with seeds or cuttings. The seed process takes more time when it comes to the final result, but it has all the necessary instructions (the best time to sow, at what depth, at what spacing …) and is an excellent method if you are considering planting sunflowers or lettuce.

• In addition to being something you can already see and whose growth can be followed at a faster pace, the cuttings are easier to plant, just needing to be tucked into a pit made in the earth. The younger the better, as these plants tend to adapt very well to new territory.

Spring has arrived, let’s plant!

• It is common knowledge that spring is the season, par excellence, to plant anything, followed by a summer marked by a lot of watering, cleaning work to remove weeds (hopefully not many!) And to appreciate the growth of your garden.

• However, know that autumn is a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs and some types of perennials. Also resistant to the cold are pansies and curly kale, so you can practice this type of gardening during autumn and winter. Tomatoes and most of the annual flowers hate the cold, so only when the temperature warms up! If you feel like getting your hands dirty in the middle of spring or autumn, you can plant perennial flowers.

Look for a specialist.

• garden store in your city or a local nursery have professionals specialized in “gardening initiation”, being an excellent resource to answer all your doubts and receive useful advice to start planting with the right foot!

The final choice.

• Do you already have the shopping cart and are you about to make the final decision on the plants that will bring your garden to life? Before pulling out the wallet, carefully read the label that usually accompanies each plant. There you will find useful information regarding your name, the amount of sun and water exposure you need, your ideal temperature and the full size you will reach.

• Did you know that there are some varieties of plants and flowers (for example, garlic and marigold) that are resistant to insects, disease and drought? Flora with health to give and sell and that does not require the use of sprays and other harmful chemicals – one more reason to be aware of the labels!

• For beginners, great gardeners advise, in the field of annual flowers, the cosmos, marigolds, geraniums, sunflowers and zinias. If you prefer perennial flowers, choose between sage, ericaceae, pansies and daylilies. If you are more inclined towards the vegetable garden, there is no mistake if you start with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.

• Above all, choose plants that suit you, after all it is always more motivating to take care of something you are passionate about! And if there’s anything you love, it’s the flowers and the gardens!

Steps: How to integrate them into a garden design

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The final result of a garden depends mainly on the harmony with which its elements are integrated. The steps of a stair or the separation between different levels cannot simply compose an isolated set, but can be part of the “landscape” of the garden. Here are some suggestions that can help to achieve this harmony:

Often, the steps are necessary elements to make the connection between two or more levels in the garden. However, in some cases, they can be included in the project for other purposes, among them, to function as a focus of attention, a special point in the group or even serve as a stopover in extensive gardens.

Whatever the reasons for the presence of steps in a project, it is necessary to pay attention to certain details:



* Always consider the type of material you are using throughout the garden and try to build the steps in the same style. Otherwise, instead of integrating it into the set, you will be highlighting it as a disharmonious element;

* The steps must be wide and low, so that they transmit smoothness. Very steep flights give a heavy and tiring air to the environment;

* The general project of the garden will give the orientation: if the project allows, build the steps that join extensive levels adding curves – it is much more graceful and sculptural;

* The harmony and beauty of a set are not the only important items. Security is also essential. Attention when choosing the material: very smooth and slippery steps or that facilitate the formation of puddles of water are very dangerous;

* Very large gardens or where there is a need to transport lawn trimmers, wheelbarrows, equipment, tools, etc., they may need the help of access ramps. In this case, as there is space available, plan to build small ramps next to the steps or winding downhill trails.

Several options

Steps in stone, wood, sleepers, bricks or lawns … there are many options; each suitable for a type or style of garden or outdoor area. The first step in choosing is to make a general assessment, taking into account two factors:

* if there is already a defined style, for example, rustic or as natural as possible, you can use railway sleepers, grass and raw bricks, slices of tree trunks, logs and cuttings, etc .;

* if the project is not yet defined and, consequently, neither the style, know that stones such as slate, goiás or mineira give a more classic finish to the steps.

Plants & steps

Steps grassy or interspersed with plants give a very nice and elegant look to the project, although maintenance is more laborious. If this is the option, it is necessary to choose the plant species with discretion, looking for those that are more durable and that do not grow too much.

Grassy steps can be built on the basis of bricks or wood. As for the steps interspersed with plants, it is necessary to provide a space for planting. Make holes in the sides or leave a free space in the joints.

The most suitable species are those used in lining or that produce small and delicate flowers such as maria-sem-shame (Impatiens). Aromatic herbs can give a country and fragrant touch – choose between those that don’t grow much like pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris).

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15 Gardens For You To Make In Narrow Aisles

Most people would like to have a garden at home to be close to nature and relax enjoying its beauty. But not everyone has room for that. Sometimes, there is only a narrow corridor available.

The good news is that it is possible to make this corridor a small garden. Among the alternatives are hanging gardens, vertical gardens and narrow flower beds with all kinds of plants and flowers, as well as varied designs.

To prove that the result can be incredible, this book of ideas brings you 15 landscaping models for corridor and narrow garden areas. You will be in the mood to create yours immediately. Check out!

1. Landscaping for corridor with vertical garden

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A corridor or narrow area is a perfect place for vertical gardens, as they save space. In the image above, the corridor at the entrance to the house gained color in the structure and life with the plants arranged in flower beds superimposed on the wall. 

2. Corridor with plants forming a hanging garden

Another possibility that does not occupy the passage area is to create a garden suspended in a wooden structure, like a pergola. All pergola pathways can receive pots with varied plants, especially plants that grow downward. On the walls it is possible to hang cachepots with more small species, making the environment very pleasant and welcoming. 

3. Narrow aisle with suspended sideboard

The garden can also be composed of several pots arranged on a sideboard suspended at half height. In the image above, the iron furniture worked with glass top created a romantic atmosphere. The small clay pots were also painted and placed on top of the wall. 

4. Long, narrow garden with climbing plants

The green corner in a narrow place and outdoors can be obtained by planting a vine, which must have a wooden structure as a support. Some vines are flowery and leave the place charming.

5. Potted garden on the balcony

Your small garden can also be concentrated on old furniture that is not in use, such as a desk. The pots form a delicate composition and are still easy to water. Other vessels can be arranged under the cabinet to fill the view. 

6. Vertical garden in a ready and discreet structure

The vertical garden is very versatile, as it can come in the most different formats and receive varied plants. The vase model in the image above is white, highlighting the green of the plants, and in a sinuous shape, which creates a movement in space. It is a lightweight model that you can buy ready-made, just needing to install it on the wall with practicality.

7. Garden in the corridor to the garage with cacti

An interesting garden can be made in a narrow corridor with several cacti of different sizes, colors and species. They just need a small flowerbed with earth and stones to create this modern look and full of personality. 

8. Landscaping in side corridor

If the side access corridor to the house is not that narrow, the garden can be created on both sides of the area. In the image above, the garden is discreet, with only bushes and low trees, in addition to the lawn that highlights the path.

9. Facade with flowery edge

A good idea is also to create a narrow flower bed on the facade, planting small, colorful flowers that will give the space a cheerful air. They may be accompanied by other small plants, such as the elongated green leaf moray used in the image above. 

10. Landscaping for hallway occupying the entire wall

If you choose the vertical garden, you can create a model that covers the entire wall or part of the height of the wall, extending along its entire length. In that case, you can play with the colors of the plants, as shown in the image above.

11. Corridor with discreet plants and lawn

Sometimes, just a very green lawn and discreet and delicate plants are enough to light up your corridor. The ideal is to place a concrete, stone or other resistant material in the center of it to protect the grass.

12. Corridor of flowers and small palms at the entrance

A more traditional style bed can be adapted to a reduced space and receive varied plants and flowers, depending on the light and humidity conditions of the place. It is certainly a solution that will bring a lot of life to the entrance of your home. 

13. Narrow garden with palm trees

If the corridor is narrow but has a corner, this can be the place for a little garden. There may not be enough space for leafy plants, but there is a wide variety of small plants that can be grown there. 

14. Concrete and gravel site

A masonry bed finished in stones can be a good solution for your entrance hall. In this model of the image, the little bouquets, mini palms and other small species were used as finishing.

15. Mobile flower beds

Finally, another very interesting idea for a narrow corridor is to set up mobile beds, which can be arranged in many ways and taken to other places. In the image above, these beds are square wooden boxes with flowers. 

Best plants for a garden in the corridor

The types of plants to choose will depend on whether your garden will be on the ground or suspended, how much space it has and whether they will be in the sun or in the leftover. It is important that you choose plants with similar needs when placing them to share the same space. Here are some great options.

Cacti

As you have seen in some models above, cacti can be of varying sizes. But the main feature is that they can stay in the sun all day, except for specific types, and need little watering.

Succulents

Like cacti, succulents need less watering, as they store water inside. As there are also many types, you can use them both in small and walled gardens, as well as in larger, floor-standing spaces. Also by harmonizing them with cacti that are also succulent.

Saint-jorge’s sword

This plant with elongated sword-shaped leaves is beautiful to have in a hallway garden that stays on the ground. Especially the narrowest garden models, because when they are placed next to each other, they were an organized row that perfectly fills the space.

Dasilírio

This plant is in the style of the St. George’s sword, with even more elongated leaves, so it takes up more space. It is ideal for floor planters in a not-so-narrow space.

Mini palm trees

Palm trees come in a variety of sizes, including those that remain quite low in adulthood. These are great for composing a landscaping for a corridor that is not so narrow, because even though they are small, they need more space to take root.

Ivy

Ivy is one of the most famous vines. It grows very fast and is ideal for covering walls or trusses on the sides of the house.

Clúsia

This beautiful plant is a type of shrub with small, round, drop-shaped leaves. It is widely used for hedges, so you can fill an entire corridor bed with it. The plant adapts well to varied climates, but needs good watering.

Zamioculca

This type of plant is great to have in medium-sized pots. It has lush green leaves that grow on very beautiful upright branches. Perfect for mobile planters or pots. 

7 Creative Ideas For Your Backyard Walls

You probably never thought that your backyard walls could be a panel of original decorating ideas.

We are so used to the known that we don’t even imagine that something different could make the environment cooler and more fun. The walls can give a degree of personalization, which we notice even more in the outdoor spaces. Be amazed by this book of ideas and get inspired to decorate the walls of your yard.

1. Bamboo

Make your backyard wall smooth and white and add bamboo vertically to decorate it.

We cannot deny that planters are resources to make nature integrate with the backyard decoration in an original and organized way.

2. Trees

As you can see, the vegetation is a great ally that will help you bring the walls of the yard to life. In this case, you must be sure to find trees that grow quickly and can create your green wall, which will bring movement and joy to the walls.

3. Stone texture

As you become aware of the task you are doing, you will see how rewarding it is to work on decorating the yard. You can explore different textures to make the walls look more interesting and cozy.

The stones, with their texture, will give a spectacular movement and dynamism to the wall.

4. Vertical garden

As you saw in other previous articles,  vertical gardens are on the rise. There is an increasing tendency to let the magic of green cover the walls.

For small yards, to give volume and thickness, nothing better than giving freedom to climbing plants to adorn the space.

5. Volume

The backyard walls are like blank sheets that want your decorating ideas. For that, another recommendation would be to place concrete planters covered in stone that play with volume and asymmetry to appear more interesting.

The backyard walls are like blank sheets that want your decorating ideas. For that, another recommendation would be to place concrete planters covered in stone that play with volume and asymmetry to appear more interesting.

6. Lights

Not only will the textures and volumes cause the walls of your garden to change completely, but the lighting will also play an important role, especially in the night appearance. So, never neglect the lights and chandeliers you decide to put in this environment.

7. Water

The last suggestion for any wall in your yard is to bring the dynamism of the water as a resource for decoration. The intervention of this natural element brings not only visual benefits, but also a lot of calm and relaxation to the environment.

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10 garden styles you need to know

From classics to the most modern: discover the main garden styles!

Bringing nature into the residence and providing well-being to residents: this is one of the roles of home gardens . These spaces, internal or external, have existed since antiquity and differ in terms of colors, textures, shapes and measures. Discover the main styles of gardens and check out a selection of inspiring projects.

In Europe, it is very common to find classic gardens, which value carefully pruned trees, water fountains, statues and flower beds that flower in the spring. However, there are also other types of landscaping that are gaining strength in outdoor areas with modern configurations.

Main styles of gardens to know and fall in love with

Before setting up a garden project, you need to know the main styles to find good references. Look:

1 – English garden

The English garden can be defined as an “organized mess”. It values ​​an organic composition and brings together several elements to compose the natural scenarios. Many plant species are cultivated in space, but without using topiary techniques (art of ornamental pruning). Asymmetry is a striking feature of the style, as well as the presence of water mirrors.

2 – French garden

Have you ever visited the Palace of Versailles? Well, know that the landscaping, created by King Louis XIV, perfectly portrays the proposal of this style. French gardens have many paths and flower beds, not to mention architectural elements. The bushes, properly pruned, share space with benches, sculptures, colonnades, and lakes. Maintenance is strict and constant.

3 – Italian garden

It has a concept similar to the French garden, only less rigid and more poetic. In addition to having decorative statues, water fountains and various types of flowers, the environment also has many fruit trees and ceramic vases.

4 – Japanese garden

The Japanese garden values ​​natural landscapes, without giving up artistic practice. The environment, marked by tranquility, mixes a series of elements that refer to Japanese culture. There are many stones, bamboo, bonsai, ponds, carp, fountains and pruned plants.

5 – Arid garden

In the arid garden, you will not find a green and well-trimmed lawn. In fact, the environment is rocky, with many succulent plants, cacti, and xerophytic plants. Instead of grass, the soil usually has a layer of sand and stones. The vegetation looks static, does not require constant watering or pruning.

6 – Indian garden

The Indian garden is perfect for meditating or spending moments of tranquility with the family. Despite having plants and lakes, he usually highlights architectural constructions that are also part of the space. Kate Koranti, Indian Caper, Gardenia and Lotus are some suggestions of plants to enrich the landscaping.

7 – Colonial garden

The colonial garden has to do with the period when Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese. The environment reflects a strong European influence, but takes into account the local vegetation. Stones, woods, benches and fountains help compose the landscaping. The garden can also bring out the charming atmosphere of the old coffee farms.

8 – Tropical garden

In addition to enhancing native plants, the tropical style has a much more informal proposal than French and Italian gardens. The vegetation bets on palm trees, ferns, ribs of adam, dracaena, bromeliads, and many other plants that adapt well to the hot climate. The vivid colors are present in the space, as well as the mixture of natural materials and textures, such as stones, bamboo, and wicker. Benches, vases, and pergolas are welcome, as long as they do not interfere with the relaxed essence.

9 – Contemporary garden

Contemporary gardens are spaces that adapt to modern life. They are easy to maintain, have very few ornamental details and value modern elements (which go beyond lakes and sculptures). It is possible to include furniture, swimming pools, jacuzzis, umbrellas, wooden decks, sports courts and many other elements capable of creating pleasant corners. Lighting also plays an important role, after all, it creates highlights.

10 – Sensory garden

Providing a new experience for children, the elderly and the disabled: this is the proposal of the sensorial garden. With its countless colors, textures and perfumes, the space seeks to stimulate the human senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste) and provoke different sensations. It’s a show of accessibility!

Did you like to know the styles of gardens? What’s your favorite? Leave a comment.

Winter garden: your greenest home

To optimize the space inside homes and offices, the winter garden appears as a sustainable option combined with a functional decoration inside the environment

In Brazil, the winter garden culture still does not have as much adherence as in other countries around the world, because the climate of our country is, above all, favorable for external gardens. However, there is an increasing tendency to bring this green environment into the interior of houses and apartments.

One of the reasons for this trend is due to the size of the land, which is getting smaller and smaller, not allowing the creation of large gardens and making property owners choose to grow them inside their own home. Something that also contributes to increase the interior lighting and bring natural ventilation to the environments of the residence.

In addition, another reason to have a conservatory is the security and privacy it offers to the space, also prioritizing the landscape inside the residence. Thus, instead of building a house with the garden in the background, the architects and landscapers design the residences integrated into the garden, bringing this previously external area into the interior.

But before choosing which species of plants will be in your winter garden, you need to keep in mind what the characteristics of the place where the garden will be installed. Depending on the natural lighting of the environment and the specifics of the plant, the garden may be in the shade of the stairs, or next to the window, on a balcony or under the lighting of a skylight, transparent tiles and large windows.  

Plant species for bright environments

In the case of gardens with greater exposure to the sun, succulents are the most recommended plants, thanks to their easy maintenance and care. They belong to the family of cacti, that is, they have characteristics similar to those of cacti, such as the ability to reserve liquid inside their leaves, which makes them thicker. However, unlike cacti, succulents do not have thorns.

It is important to keep succulents close to windows, where there is plenty of sunlight. Generally, in winter garden designs, this species is grown on vertical panels, or in pots.

In addition to the succulents, also check out other plants ideal for bright spaces: 

  • Jade ( Crassula ovata)
  • Golden carpet (Sedum acre)
  • Dedinho-de-moça (Sedum burrito)
  • Baby Echevaria (Echeveria derenbergii)
  • Aortia (Haworthia cuspidata)

The assessment of a landscaper or architect for each case is an important detail as there are several important requirements to be considered when choosing the species to be used for your project.                  

Plant species for shaded environments

If your winter garden receives poor lighting, plants such as Orchids, Violets, Aloe Vera ( Philodendron martianum) and Bromeliad (Guzmania ligulata) can adapt well to half-shade, in places where there is at least indirect luminosity, so they can perform photosynthesis.

 Other species are also recommended for low light environments: 

  • Begonia (Begonia elatior)
  • Philodendron-Brazil (Philodendron cascata)
  • Boa (Remnum pinnatum)
  • Palm-Lequ e (Licuala grandis)
  • Areca Palm ( Dypsis lutescens)
  • São Jorge Spear (Sansevieria cylindrica)

Add-ons for your winter garden

Now that we have shown some options of plants for your winter garden, you also need the other components that can increase this space: like stones (pebbles) or gravel, sand and other gravel. In addition, supports such as vases and other accessories can also be part of your landscape design. 

For homes, condominiums, companies, and even apartments, there is no lack of reasons to invest in a winter garden and hire a landscaper for your project.

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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.

Credit: Rocha Garden

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.

Accessible garden

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.

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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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Green roof with a sustainable garden adds environmental comfort to the house, see!

Instead of using traditional roofs, the roof of this house is green (with vegetation). The great advantage of the green roof is that it adds thermal comfort, well-being, pleasant appearance, in addition to absorbing rainwater. The architect Angela Bohrer and this blogger who writes you have designed these green roofs for the house. On the concrete slab, a garden was created where spices, fruit, and native plants are cultivated that attract hummingbirds. Space was transformed into a green area that, if paved, would be arid and lifeless.

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The garden was planned during the house design stage. This was essential for the final weight, when the shrubs were already grown, to be foreseen in the structural design. The waterproofing of the concrete slab, the trim, and the draining of the terraces are fundamental for the success of the suspended garden. The grass, the perfumes, and the spices created a cozy atmosphere for the house.

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In the sequence of photos below we have the step by step of the execution of the garden: the placement of the bidim on the gravel, the substrate and the ready garden, some months after implanted. All of this work was possible thanks to the projects of engineers and architects and their technical support. The team of professionals formed by Architect Angela Bohrer, the team of engineers from Appel Engenharia, captained by eng. Paulo Appel, structural engineer Claudia Kusiack planned and executed the residence with the green roof. The green roof was planned and executed by eng. agronomist Helena Schanzer and, before the house was completed, the gardens were ready. The planting team was Eng. Agricola Egon Zoar.

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The photo terrace is 3 meters above the ground and is over the garage of the house. On the green roof, the product used as “soil” was made with organic compost and eucalyptus bark. This organic compound, also called organic fertilizer, results from the treatment of organic waste from the cellulose manufacturing process. This substrate guarantees perfect drainage, density, and permeability for the garden to function, as it retains water in the right measure for the vegetation and is not soaked. The green roof system creates a “sponge” for the absorption of rainwater and rainwater, which is collected for a system to be reused for irrigation.

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Home garden with green roof – Photo: Helena Schanzer

Home garden with green roof

Apartment terrace turns into garden with creative solutions

The design and execution of a garden with creative solutions have transformed an apartment terrace into a pleasant leisure and rest area. The owner was looking for a place where she arrived from work, could relax, have contact with nature and plants. The agronomist who writes this blog created the green area. Today, she has a  garden made of pots of different sizes. In this space, trees such as pitangueira and lemon trees are cultivated, as well as jasmine, lavender, arugula, strawberries, and spices.

Garden terrace, whirlpool.  Ecotelhado © on the tiles

The architect Regina Albuquerque e Souza designed the apartment and the external area. He created a corner with hydromassage where you can contemplate the stars. I planned the vegetation, the pots, and the substrates to set the terrace. And the client gave her personal touch with the choice of materials, colors, styles, and decorative objects. Lighting with Led lamps was essential to give the touch and use the area at night. On the roof of the room, “ Ecotelhado © ” was placed to humanize the environment and improve thermal and visual comfort.

Discover the garden of a penthouse apartment with gourmet balcony

The apartment roof garden with a gourmet balcony has several utilitarian species planted. Various spices, vegetables, and fruit are at the disposal of the chef cooking. Fruit trees such as bergamoteira, lemon, lychee, orange from japan, and climbing plants such as vine and jasmine were planted in pots on the balconies and on the roof of the apartment. The vegetation recently planted this month frames the view of the city ​​of Porto Alegre. In the spring the garden will be lush, with the plants already more developed.

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The architects Anne Bryk and Bibiana Fiterman Costa made the architectural design of the interior of the apartment and the roof leaving all very versatile, cozy, and charming. The architects designed and executed the wooden deck with the swimming pool, whose design includes a sofa and steps that you can sit on. After installing the deck, the architects and the client contacted me to create the garden. Then, after visiting the florist with the client, preparing the landscaping project, and meeting with the client, the garden was planted in 1 day. The team that carried out the planting was agricultural engineer Egon Zounar. The corner of the living room was surrounded by vegetation in pots and flower boxes. With plants of ornamental species such as Bird of Paradise, mandevila, clusia, yellow prawns, cycads, and geraniums space was created to receive friends and take a bath in the pool. Want to know how to plant? see here the step by step to plant a pot with lemon and spices.

overview of the roof garden landscaping

The vases are plastic, durable, light and beautiful . They were chosen in brown to match the wooden deck.

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The architects created a vertical garden with a wooden panel and incorporated the doghouse . The doghouse has a green roof with spices, see photos below. In the gourmet garden we have pepper, thyme, mint, sage, chives, tomatoes, basil, oregano, marjoram, lemongrass and melissa.

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A piece of helpful equipment for Gardening.

Garden Technology Overview

Even a small plot of land requires care. Cutting the grass, processing the trees, preparing the land for planting – all this takes precious time. And so it turns out that in the country we work more than relax. Yes, in the end, the plot looks great, but we don’t have time to enjoy it – there are still so many things to do when they finally take up …

Gardening equipment can simplify maintenance work on the garden and the garden, and as a result, save time. Your site will look just as wonderful, but at the same time you will have free minutes in which you can sit in the gazebo, have tea, swim in the pool or go to the river, lie in a hammock and much more. Gardening equipment can become a faithful assistant for any gardener.

What exactly are the aggregates of the term “gardening equipment”?

Today, in the days of the development of technological progress, technology has penetrated into all spheres of human activity. Caring for the garden is no exception. Over the past 20 years, a lot of different devices for working on a personal plot have appeared on the Russian market. Consider the main ones – those that are recommended for each gardener.

Cultivators. Perhaps, let’s start with them, since soil-related work is labor-intensive. In most cases, cultivators are simple and lightweight (no more than 50 kg) gardening machines designed for creating beds, cultivating and cultivating. Also on the market are manual mini-cultivators that allow earthworks in greenhouses and greenhouses with limited space.

Distinguish cultivatorsgasoline and electric . Each species has its advantages and disadvantages. Electrical are more economical and environmentally friendly, but are characterized by the presence of wire and the insecurity of electric current. Gasoline cultivators are somewhat more complicated than electric ones, for them you need to buy oil and gasoline, but they are not tied to an electrical outlet.

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Monoblocks , in comparison with cultivators, are more complex devices with the ability to attach attachments. In addition to the work carried out by cultivators, walk-behind tractors allow you to mow grass, dig up potatoes, level the soil, remove snow, pump water (for example, to fill containers or irrigation) and even carry goods. Naturally, they cost more, but if you need a versatile machine that can perform the most complex work of caring for the site, then walk-behind tractors are best suited. They differ in weight and power. Monoblocks are mainly produced with 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines and can have several speeds.

Verticutters, lawnmowers , scythes, trimmers. All of these devices are designed for lawn care. A verticutter (or, as it is also called, a scarifier) ​​is intended to help with cleaning the lawn from a layer of last year’s grass, as well as with aeration of the soil. After treating the lawn with this device, free penetration of air, water and fertilizers to the roots of the plants will be ensured, which will positively affect the entire lawn as a whole – the grass will be juicier and thicker. The principle of operation of a verticutter is to pierce the soil with cutting mills, which have an adjustment of the depth of immersion. Lawn mowers , motokosa , trimmers used for mowing and cutting grass. They can be electric, gasoline or mechanical.

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Chain saws – chainsaws and electric saws. The main purpose of chain saws is woodcutting. In a personal plot, they can be used to remove old trees and cut them, as well as to prepare firewood, for example, for a bath or furnace heating of a house. Compared to hand saws, they have a huge advantage – they significantly reduce labor costs and, as a result, accelerate the process.
Chain saws can be electric or gasoline. The advantages of electric saws – they do not emit exhaust gases, which means that you can use electric chain saws indoors. They are also characterized by high environmental friendliness and efficiency in comparison with gasoline saws. Disadvantages of electric saws: the presence of a cord, as a result, limited movement; lack of the ability to work in continuous mode – in order for the saw not to overheat, it is necessary to pause work.

In addition, chain saws are divided into: amateur, semi-professional and professional. The main criterion for this division is the duration of continuous operation, as well as the service life, measured in hours of work.

Brushcutter scissors. Designed to trim shrubs and hedges. The main division of these devices is carried out by the type of knife. It can be one-sided, two-sided, and rod.

The knife of one-sided scissors has teeth on only one side, and therefore can only be used for processing straight sections of shrubs. The knife of bilateral scissors, respectively, has teeth on two sides, such scissors allow you to trim the bushes from all sides. Barbell scissors are characterized in that the knife can be extended if necessary. This feature of rod products provides the ability to shear a hedge at a height without the use of stairs. In addition, brush cutters are divided into providing precise cuts and rough cuts.

Choppers. This type of gardening equipment is intended for grinding branches, outdated plants, leaves, and weeds. After grinding, the resulting mass can be used for compost. Shredders are electric and gasoline. Electric ones are characterized by less power and are able to grind branches of a smaller diameter in comparison with gasoline.

Soil motor drills. The second name is gas drills. As the name implies, they are used for drilling holes in the soil (or in ice). Pits can be used to plant trees or set up posts for fencing. Motor drills give a tangible advantage in the speed of digging holes and labor costs compared to digging with a shovel or other hand tools.

Whatever garden equipment you buy, it is important to remember that only a manufacturer with a good reputation can offer you a really high-quality, functional device that will justify the costs and make work on the garden and cottage site pleasant and easy. We recommend paying special attention to this, and then the purchase will be successful and pleasing.

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Residential Garden: Know the Models and Learn How to Make Yours

The residential garden is responsible for enhancing the external area of ​​the house and even for bringing more sense of well-being to residents. The residential garden can be very colorful full of flowers, or even a simpler one with only foliage, however, to have a beautiful residential garden you must always be attentive to maintenance, and thinking about it, we from Viva Decora team together with Toca Obra we made this post with several tips to have a beautiful residential garden. Check out!

1. To enhance your property invest in a residential garden - Photo: Dcore Você

Types of residential garden

The first thing we need to understand is that there are different types of residential gardens and that each one requires a type of care. So, let’s start this text by talking more about the types of residential gardens so that you can choose the most suitable for your home.

Small residential garden

For those who have little space in the yard or in front of the house the best option is to invest in a small residential garden. It is also possible to make a small residential garden on the side of the house, if you have space, and however small, this type of residential garden can enhance the property and add a charming touch to the residence.

Rustic residential garden

In addition to flowers and plants, one of the main characteristics of the rustic residential garden is due to furniture and decorative objects made of wood, natural fibers, and even details in stone.

Simple residential garden

In the simple residential garden the plants and flowers that are used to set up this garden stand out, and the simple residential garden usually has very little or no furniture or decorative object.

Modern residential garden

The main characteristic of the modern residential garden is due to the maximum use of space creating a garden where people can also enjoy it to relax or even have a family picnic. Therefore, it is common for the modern residential garden to have comfortable furniture and also grassy areas. 

Japanese residential garden

For those looking for a relaxing environment at home, the best option is to invest in a Japanese residential garden that can be decorated with water sources and plants such as pines, azaleas and others.

Residential garden with flowers

For those who cannot do without the cheerful and colorful touch that only a flower can give, the residential garden with flowers cannot be left out. In this case it is important to do a good research to find out which type of flower best suits the space where it will be planted.

2. Choose the residential garden with flowers for a delicate and romantic touch in the house - Photo: Pinterest

How to decorate the residential garden

No matter what type of residential garden you choose, knowing how to decorate it is important to make it look even more beautiful and bring even more sense of well-being. Therefore, we have separated some tips on how to decorate a residential garden so that yours becomes even more special.

Lighting design

A good lighting project is sure to enhance your residential garden. For this you can invest in a clothesline, Chinese lanterns, lamp posts among other options.

3. A good lighting project will make all the difference in the final result of the decoration of your residential garden - Photo: Pinosy
3. A good lighting project will make all the difference in the final result of the decoration of your residential garden – Photo: PinosyPhoto: Viva Decora

Invest in vases

To choose the pots for your residential garden you first need to know which species will be planted in it, as some require larger pots and others require smaller pots. In addition, you can choose vase models that stand out in your garden decor, such as colorful or patterned vases.

Residential garden with stones

Despite being more common in rustic residential gardens, stones can put a special touch on the decoration of all types of garden, as you can use them to finish a flower bed, a path and even totems in garden cases larger residential.

4. Use stones to decorate your residential garden - Photo: Archello
4. Use stones to decorate your residential garden – Photo: Archello

Furniture and decorative objects

To make the most of your residential garden it is very important to invest in furniture such as armchairs, small tables, sun loungers, swings and benches, especially when we talk about residential garden integrated into the gourmet area of ​​the house, but in addition to furniture, decorative objects such as sculptures made in wood, bamboo or natural fibers also guarantee more personality for the decoration of the residential garden.

Water points

Water points can be placed in the residential garden through a small pond or water fountains, and they guarantee more movement for the residential garden, in addition to a greater sense of relaxation. 

5. For a greater sense of relaxation, invest in a water fountain or small pond in your residential garden - Photo: Assetproject
5. For a greater sense of relaxation, invest in a water fountain or small pond in your residential garden – Photo:

How to make a residential garden

Are you thinking about making a residential garden, but don’t even know where to start? Because we have separated some tips on how to make a residential garden that will surely help you. 

Planning

Before you start setting up your home garden it is very important to plan. For this, keep in mind what your expectations are for this garden, if it will be just a decorative part of the outside area of ​​the house or if you want to use it to relax, integrated into your gourmet area or even as a recreational space.

So you need to have in hand all the measures of the environment so that you can delimit space, types of furniture and decorative objects that will be present in your residential garden among other details. 

Types of flowers and plants

To choose the types of flowers and plants that will be planted in your residential garden, you must first know if where the garden will stay will receive a lot of rain, if it is sunny most of the day, or it is totally shaded, in addition, also already keep in mind what style of landscaping you want for the residential garden, more rustic, simple, modern, with flowers, and if possible talk to a professional who can give you more tips on what types of flowers and plants are best for your type of residential garden.

Serra manacá, for example, is a plant widely used in landscape projects, as its roots are not aggressive enough to harm the cultivation of other species in the environment.

6. Talk to a professional to choose the best types of flowers and plants for the residential garden - Photo: Webcomunica
6. Talk to a professional to choose the best types of flowers and plants for the residential garden – Photo: Webcomunica

If you want to include a wooden trellis, for example, you must be aware of the types of plants that adapt to this structure.

Types of grass

No matter what type of home garden you choose, it will surely have grass. However, it is possible to find several types of grass that can be used in your residential garden. For this, it is legal to research what are the characteristics of each one and choose the one that best fits your type of garden.

Maintenance

After your residential garden is fully assembled, maintenance is necessary so that it always looks beautiful with green plants and colorful flowers. A tip is to choose plant and flower species according to your routine, so if you have little time to take care of your garden, choose plants that require less care. 

Also remember that pruning, fertilizing and watering need to be done according to each species, and to help you, you can make a calendar and even put reminders on your calendar to avoid forgetting to care for your garden. 

7. To have a beautiful residential garden, you must pay attention to maintenance - Photo: Pinterest
7. To have a beautiful residential garden, you must pay attention to maintenance – Photo: Pinterest

Garden Without Secrets: Learn To Care For Tostão

The penny, also known as money in penca, is a kind of cover, with very small foliage. If planted in the ground – which is ideal – it will spread widely, becoming low and low. But if it is planted in a pot, it will be like a pendant. The penny should not be wet with too much water, as it can melt. If taken care of, it can last for more than two years. At the Chico Flores store, in Cadeg, in Benfica (at Rua Capitão Félix 110), pot 11 costs R $ 3, and 12, R $ 5. Bowl 21 costs R $ 8 and 32 costs R $ 19.

The plant should be in the shade, in environments with temperatures between 20 degrees and 30 degrees.

It is necessary to fertilize it using the product NPK 10-10-10, generally, every three months.