Yes you probably have a long list of practical things you want your outdoor space to bring. But think about it – underneath it all we are looking for somewhere to give us happiness, a sense of bliss, some real emotion. We are:
Looking for an entertaining area to welcome family and friends – happiness.
Looking for a retreat within which to chill – bliss.
Looking for somewhere the kids can let off some steam – peace.
So design your space to feel good too.
This delightful courtyard by Lisa Ellis absolutely brings in the emotion of the early morning freshness and soft sunlight. Beautiful.
But this doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Keep it simple..
Gardens Bring Serenity And Escape
We are looking for something to help us cope with the madding crowd
So look at this gem from New Zealand. Under my Umbrella designed by Ben Hoyle for the Ellersli Garden Show in 2014 which is a complete delight. Look at the chaotic planting, surrounding the serene escape within the walls of this curved garden.
But escape is not necessarily just a beautiful retreat. Many of us love to escape into a more active space – enjoying the simple tasks gardening brings, gently following the season to provide food or just to enjoy the changes as the garden changes through the year.
The activity of gardening soothes, it is a meditation to help cope with this wonderful world
Look at this garden by Phillip Whithers in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2014. This is a gardener’s garden, filled with flowers, fruit, salad, kale, fish, chooks, and places to sit. This holistic garden is small but it does everything to provide a sanctuary – a place just to be and do stuff which has absolutely nothing to do with the world but everything to do with the way we want to live.
Create A Space For Connection
Gardens can be the heart of the home. Well it is said that is the kitchen, but through the summer months we move outdoors and live in our outdoor kitchen – diner. We take the heart outside and connect.
Look at this lovely garden by Waddell Landscapes in Melbourne in 2013.
Move the table outside and take advantage of the sun and the shade and the cooling afternoon breezes off the ocean or nearest mountain. Bliss…
So it is no surprise that gardens are becoming the fastest growing areas within which to live. We have been moving the living room and kitchen outside for a long time now and loving every minute of it.
This whacky family garden designed by Candeo Design, complete with giant bronze snail and pops of color in the shade sails and furniture is beautiful and inviting.
And the planting gives texture and more color. More to the point, the garden is easy to look after.
This trend is only growing.
Contemporary Gardens Are Not Necessarily Neat
Wild Raw and Gorgeous
Modern gardens might be structured but they are not always neat. There is a wonderful trend for masses of colorful, blousy planting creating a feeling of abundance. All that structure only serves to barely contain grasses, flowers, vegetables, fruits and soft chaos. This really is a delightful signature style which is only going to become more significant in years to come.
Look at this mess of grasses and flowers contained in a raised garden. This is The QEF Garden for Joy, designed by Heather Appleton for the Hampton Court Garden Show 2013.
What I love about this garden is that the colour and abundance is actually enhanced with wonderful planting in huge baskets bringing in splashes of colour.
The most delightfully wild raw and gorgeous garden for me though is Ordered Nature by Christopher Gursansky.
This is a structured garden.
With wild planting providing a secluded place within which to escape.
The softness of the planting in the front herbaceous garden, where grasses provide soft feathery texture and meadow flowers bring color is beautiful.
A dream come true…