Indoor and Outdoor Garden Improvement Ideas
Adding greens to the spaces in your house has been a major must since the beginning of architectural aesthetics, however Interior designers in Pakistan feel that with this pandemic, people’s lives have been restructured and reshaped in ways that have led them to reevaluate as to how important it is to prioritize the green spaces in the house.
The most common features identified are home offices, yard spaces for exercising or growing food, and more space to accommodate their family. Gardening offers many benefits: fresh air, exercise, and food for the table. It can be a shared or solitary activity in virtually any housing type.
Let us look into some interesting ideas for indoor and outdoor gardens as suggested by Interior Decorators in Lahore.
The lockdown predominantly has not been a happy occasion for most of us; however one thing that it successfully revived is the sense of composure that we had lost with regards to spending time with our families. It brought families back together, and if nothing, sharing conversations over the evening tea got restored in almost every other household, at the least. Amidst this, children not going to school, also got to spend quality time with their parents and some parents approached this as an opportunity to teach their kids something other than what they typically get to learn at their schools.
According to various surveys and observations, growing plants and nurturing small-scale indoor and outdoor gardens was seen as the most popular choice. Most children enjoy the process of seeing how vegetables, herbs, and flowers grow.
Some techniques and tips for Children’s Gardens by the Best Interior Designers in Pakistan are shared as follows:
Start small. The homeowner should pick a small plot, raised bed, or container for the child to call their own. Be sure it’s located in an area that gets plenty of sunlight and is close to a water source. By starting small, young children won’t get overwhelmed and can understand all the essentials about the need for sunlight, water, good soil, and how to scout for pests with a focus on a few plants.
Dig in. Most kids like digging in dirt to hollow out a patch of ground or hole in a container filled with dirt. Your client can show them how to remove plants from their container and tickle roots before placing in the hole. Then the kids can fill in soil around it, pressing down to eliminate air bubbles. For containers, they should use good potting soil formulated for container growing, and test in-ground soil with a soil kit to see if amendments are needed.
Make plant tags. Paint or color popsicle sticks or rocks with the name of what’s growing so everybody remembers what’s where.
Set a schedule. The homeowners should set a time every morning or late in the day to water, weed, look for pests, and check plant growth with their kids, which helps keep them interested.
Balcony or Rooftop Garden
Any outdoor area can be transformed into a lush garden, even when not at ground level. For rooftops, designers suggest covering the surface—typically concrete—with attractive interlocking tiles. If they’re planting in containers, they favor wood, fiberglass, and ceramic. Owners should go with plants that might survive on a mountain, which offer an environment similar to the top of taller buildings with a lot of potential for wind.
Interior decorators recommend evergreens such as junipers, arborvitaes, boxwoods, deciduous flowering shrubs like Tardiva hydrangeas, Knock Out roses, Bluebeard caryopteris, and perennial flowers like cone flowers, threadleaf coreopsis, and creeping Jenny. For annuals, they recommend petunias, Rieger begonias, Angelonia, alyssum, coleus, New Guinea impatiens, and lobelia.
The biggest challenge for a balcony garden is that it may not get enough rain or sun due to a neighbor’s balcony above. Therefore, it’s important for the homeowner to hand water their plants or install drip irrigation. They should choose plants according to the amount of sun or shade. Good plants for a balcony or planter are Japanese maples, junipers, hydrangea, azaleas, succulents, arborvitae, or small annuals like petunias and begonias.
Container gardens are easy to water, feed, weed, and tend than in-ground gardens. They also produce a visual delight that’s proportioned to human scale and can be changed easily for variety.
For containers, usually limestone is favored. Resin is a less costly and more colorful alternative that can be moved around a garden easily. While some may want a single container at a doorway or two flanking an entry, a grouping in different sizes can create a focal point to dress up a deck or fire pit area.
When planting the container, using one dramatic plant such as a canna or elephant ear or a mix of several, with one at the center and others, like lantana and caladium, as understory plantings, is a great idea. Containers are a good place to plant vegetables and herbs too. The biggest mistakes homeowners make are using pots without holes at the base for drainage and not adding a layer of rocks before the soil to help water drain well.
Not only does this garden idea look pretty, it could also be very well used to conceal an eyesore like an air conditioning unit, and therefore is quite practical as well.
Use these garden improvement ideas to enhance the quality of the green spaces in the interior and exterior setups of your house. They are not only visually appealing and pragmatic, but also a very healthy activity to espouse!