How to create a garden oasis
Do you want a place to relax and entertain your friends outside? Well here are the elements you need to create an outdoor oasis!
1. Pick your area!
What do you want to create? A decking area, pergola or just a patio area. The first thing you are going to need is the right flooring; it is worth investing in a patio, the stone is long wearing and easy to keep clean.
Outdoor rugs make patio and decking homier there is a great selection at Wayfair.co.uk, they are easy to roll up when the weather turns.
Outdoor lighting is essential. It helps create the right atmosphere, but can also attract annoying insets, so placement is essential. Outdoor lighting on the wall of your home is the best bet as it is permanent and far enough from the seating area to not attract moths and mosquitos. If you find they hang around anyway, citronella candles work a charm. You can get them in all sizes from tea lights to tiki torches and are well worth the spend for a bug free afternoon.
3. Fire pit!
Everyone loves a fire pit, they’re perfect for those cold nights stargazing with the added bonus of being able to toast your marshmallows. Dish fire pits are the easiest and cheapest by far, such a simple design guaranteed to warm up your relaxation area. The fire will need a bit of shelter from the wind in order to catch and burn properly so positioning needs a bit of thought.
4. Low maintenance plants!
You want plants you don’t need to water every day, prune and tend to often. This is supposed to be relaxing right? Exactly, so here are my top five low maintenance plants to give your space a touch of greenery…
· Buddleja for planters or large pots
· Honey suckle for trellises
· Globe Thistles
You’ve got to have somewhere to sit! You want to buy long lasting and low maintenance furniture. Think about reliability, foldable and plastic chairs always break so think sturdy, rattan corner sofa units are probably the longest wearing and worth the splurge. Wait until offseason to purchase, they can be expensive so wait for furniture outlets to have sales on. Waterproof your cushions with scotch guard so there’s no drama if you leave them outside in the rain. They wipe clean and re apply, easy peasy!