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Terrace Gardens

In today's times, where cities lack gardens in order to make space for housing, where high rise buildings and space restrictions have taken away the garden from the houses, building a terrace garden with whatever area you have is the best solution to connect with nature. A terrace garden not only adds a touch of green to the most ignored corner of the house but also gives you an opportunity to display your creative skills and green thumb, without making much effort.


A terrace garden can be of any shape, form or design and it is possible to create one in any house, multi story or low rise building, hotel, restaurant, corporate office or any institute. Growing trees and plants is not only essential environmentally but it also has a therapeutic value which helps us to relax.

Where the roof is strong enough to support the weight of top soil and underlying drainage, it’s a great idea to add a lawn. The sight of a lawn outside the living room/ bedroom in a modern apartment can be very striking or else you can provide the hard landscape by using tiles / materials which will provide the look of a garden and you can add plants in pots to green the area.

Imagine a situation where you enjoy a light drizzle or even a brisk shower on the terrace of your house. It goes without saying that after the heat of a sweltering summer, you will grab such a dream opportunity. Or imagine the feel of sitting on a comfortable couch, sipping coffee amidst aromatic flowers swaying in a gentle breeze and looking at the sun ready to set in the evening. All these are possible with a terrace garden. What minimum you get is a perfect place to unwind and what maximum you get is a rejuvenation of your inner self.



Balcony Gardens

The space around us is decreasing and so people have started living vertically these days, which explains the existence of many high-rise apartments. One of the major drawbacks of this vertical living is that it leaves very little scope for gardening.

We all wish to live in a healthy environment. With a balcony garden you can create your own “fresh zone” without wasting much means. The plants and flowers on the balcony make the indoor air fresher and healthier.

A balcony garden allows those with limited space to enjoy gardening, albeit on a different scale. With some floral colors, a balcony can be converted into an entertainment centre just right for relaxing. Flowering plants grown in containers add vivid color and variety to the smallest balcony making it a visual treat and any available height can be used to train climbing plants. Balcony gardens wth a variety of potted and submerged greenery are a quite oasis, showing how well nature can be adapted above ground. Balconies can even be used for growing vegetables and fruits by having flowering fruit tress and container-grown herbs and vegetables.

A balcony which is not suitable for lounging can be planted with evergreens and shrubbery plants which need little attention. The foliage and color of plants provide visual relief by breaking up the stark lines of flat masonry.

In a balcony garden it is particularly important that the materials used link it with the house, so that it becomes an extension of the living space.



Decks/ Patios/ Barbecue Areas

It is natural for you to want to spend time outdoors. A nice deck or patio is a place to read a morning paper, sip lemonade on a weekend afternoon, or is used as a place to entertain guests by adding a barbeque area for an evening get-together. Outdoor patios / Decks can be attached to a house, or be detached. They are often designed and oriented with the landscape. Patios / Decks are versatile: they can take on any shape and be built with various materials, like concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, wood or gravel.

A patio can extend your living space and will last a lifetime with minimal care and maintenance.

When the weather is warm, there is nothing like having an outdoor barbecue. You can design a beautiful and functional barbecue area perfect for your family or guests.

Whether you want an elaborate built-in barbecue area or just a simple portable barbecue, it is important to locate your barbecue area with a little forethought. You should keep it close to the kitchen for easy access to all the materials you will need, but you also need to make sure that smoke does not blow into the house, there is proper venting, and you are not close enough to create a fire hazard.

Another thing to keep in mind is how much space you want around your barbecue. There should be enough seating for guests, seating should face the best view, and maybe there should be provision for some shade for sunny afternoons.

Location and basic design are important not only to avoid problems later on, but because if you are using utilities like gas or electricity, you will want to place the utility lines before you build any patio surfaces or structures.



Room with a Garden View Garden attached to suites of hotels

Throw open the windows and take in the view ! A lush garden view greets you to get a beautiful environmental experience. If you have a constant desire to be surrounded by nature, the best way is to have a room with a garden view.

By connecting the outside with the inside you end up living in a natural environment.

A space connected with outside effectively increases the living area of the space within.
This can be achieved in any kind of space no matter how large or small it is. We can think of various situations where a view is welcome. The space could be your bedroom, living room, kitchen, office, studio, a suite in a hotel or even a toilet.
The view of any enclosed area can be expanded to include an area from where you can see birds, plants, grass, creepers and nature in all its glory, thereby making the space “a room with a view “

 
 


Small Front Gardens

If there is one place that small space gardening should be more widely practiced, it is in front yards. Gardens provide an attractive focal point to your home and can be enhanced with a few simple materials.

Most of us do not have acres of land on which to plan our gardens. Gardening in a small space has its limits, but it need not be limiting. In a small garden, the gardener can pay attention to detail. Infact, many small space gardens are designed around entertaining and sitting areas, rather then the need to nurture plants.

Whatever your reasons for having a small garden, there is no reason it cannot be a well designed show stopper. Virtually any plant or garden style can be worked into a small garden space.

Since the entire garden can be viewed as a whole, your garden will be viewed as a composition. Limited space means you are going to have to make choices. Color should also be limited, to give your small garden cohesion. Remember, less is more. Cooler colors will make the garden appear larger. You can compensate for the limited color pallette with a variety of textures. The textural contrast will help blend the plant material and allow the garden to flow. Every plant or feature will need to serve a purpose. Plants should offer at least two seasons of interest.

By placing a small tree, vine, or flowering shrub, planted in a large container in a corner, then placing around it a variety of smaller plants in pots and containers, you can create a multi-tiered effect with a great deal of texture and color.

One method used to create an illusion of depth, is to employ plants with darker foliage (greens or purples) in the background and place plants with multi-colored variegated leaves, or brightly colored flowers in the foreground. Vines, grown in a large container, and trained to cover walls or a trellis, will allow you to cover large areas of your "canvas" and still maximize space in smaller gardens or patios. This will also serve to soften, the rigid box-like feel of smaller areas. In addition, small, self-contained fountain, waterfall or pond placed against walls, or in corners, can become a focal point, or point of interest from which to build out from. 



Penthouses Gardens

A penthouse is nothing but an apartment that comes with a private terrace of its own. It translates into additional space, party areas, a play area for children, ideal location for gardening and a lot more!

Those with access to a rooftop, and the desire to create a beautiful space overlooking the city where they can enjoy the sun in winters and also relish the evening breeze and skyline view as evening falls, can do so easily by creating a garden on the terrace of their penthouse.

Roof gardens have become a popular way of bringing a connection with nature to the city. Even the smallest roof attached to a penthouse can be turned into a fruitful garden by using pots to grow vegetables and herbs.

By adding night lighting to create drama and romantic ambience, a piece of sculpture as a focal point, water features for tranquility, audio systems for music, wet bars, refrigeration units and built-in grills for entertaining guests, you can produce a perfect penthouse terrace. It's a wonder people ever come down from their rooftops! 



Basic Gardens

Stepping into your house through a wonderland of fresh, clean, pleasantly aromatic, well landscaped garden has a calming and soothing effect. A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. A flower garden is any garden where flowers are grown for decorative purposes.The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials.

A basic garden can consist of a small lawn area, flower beds, a fountain, some statues, follies, ponds (with or without fish), waterfalls or creeks, dry creek beds, arbors, lights and some hardscape with trellis and small fences. All or any of these can be incorporated depending on the space you have and also the budget. While selecting the plants, you should also take into account as to how much time you would be spending on tending your garden.

Whilst designing a flower garden you should take into consideration the life span of a flowering plant ie annuals, binnuals or perennials and the blooming season of the flowers, so that you maintain a sequence of blooms and even of consistent color combinations, through varying seasons.

There are different garden types : a garden may be devoted entirely to one kind of plant e.g., cactuses, aquatic plants, alpine plants ,or herbs or it may combine many types of plants to achieve maximum beauty and productivity. Some traditional types of eastern gardens, such as Zen gardens, even use plants such as parsley

Flower color is an important feature of both the herbaceous border and the mixed border that includes shrubs as well as herbaceous plants, Flower gardens combine plants of different heights, colors, textures, and fragrances to create interest and delight the senses. One simpler alternative to the designed flower garden is the "wildflower" seed mix, with assortments of seeds which will create a bed that contains flowers of various blooming seasons, so that some portion of them should always be in bloom.




Theme Gardens


Theme gardens are a fun and unique way to show the world your ideas and to indulge your artistic side. They are a great way to exhibit your interests and even your favourite flowers.

A theme can be as simple as using plants of a single color, a particular style, a period in history, such as Greek, Victorian, Roman or can be expressed in the garden’s purpose.

Popular themes could be a white/evening garden where the plants all reflect the moonlight. Place this type of garden in where it can be seen at night either from the deck or a favorite spot in the house. For mono color gardens you should look for similar foliage and bloom colors. Remember that the garden would not be literally one shade of the same color, but rather similar shades with a few neutrals to blend the overall theme. Historical gardens with appropriate statues/ water fountains can be either planted with similar type plants that look good for the theme, or they can be the exact varieties that were available in that era. For example the color, type and varieties of roses available today are far larger than those available 200 years ago.If desired, you can also assimilate the concept of water garden or rock garden or create a shady structure on your roof garden.

Historical themes require some research so start your ideas well ahead of the planting season. Popular historical theme gardens include Medieval, Colonial or Renaissance gardens, or perhaps Victory Gardens of the mid 20th century.



Office Gardens

Having a garden within your office is really a fantastic idea with the novelty of being surrounded by nature and greenery. We tend to think of offices as noisy, bustling with activity locations, and the thought of a garden within the office, maybe even a soft tinkling fountain, is really quite different. Who knows maybe the metaphor of working around plants and trees that keep on growing will help your work to also keep on growing.

Gardens within offices are a creative way to build worker morale, health and erase office hierarchies.

Its rightly said, “It takes the politics out of the job”

 



Herbs & Flower Gardens

Flowers go in one bed, vegetables in another. That's how many of us learned to garden. But there's another way, if you are limited on space and are trying to choose between a herb or a flower garden, make a Herbs and Flower Combination garden.

Interplanting flowers and herbs offers several beneficial features that can protect your vegetables from insect pests and even make them more productive. Herbs, whether shrubby or perennial, are useful decorative additions to a mixed planting garden. For anyone with a small area in an open and sunny position, herbs are ideal as they are not over fussy as to soil quality, have decorative foliage and are more or less fragrant. Mint, chives and parsley, however, will grow perfectly well in part shade. In lighter, dappled shade you can grow angelica, celery and chervil.

While planning first consider which herbs are deciduous and which evergreen, then ascertain their ultimate heights, color of foliage and form of growth. Consider their flowers but remember that while many herbs become laden with flowers, these are transitory and their attributes will be dominant. You will need hard-surfaced access to your herbs as they need clipping, dividing and picking regularly. Vegetables may not be flowery but well-organized rows looking healthy and green can make a fine display.

Plan your garden in whatever available space you have and lay it with grass, flowers, vegetables and make it a heaven for you and your family to enjoy the green, breathe in fresh air and live in a very refreshing and healthy environment.

 
 
 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 

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