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How to create a beautiful terrace garden: 5 easy tricks
Some wise one once said: Taste the best of nature's glories, be it the plants, the chirping of birds or the warm sunsets!
Even if the idea is decidedly romantic, we have to face the harsh reality: we live in city and in our small apartments.
We must also count the lack of time, therefore, having a garden in the house may seem to us pure utopia: to pursue horticulture as a hobby it's not the easiest thing to do, but it's certainly not impossible.
Therefore, we give you five useful tips for creating a terrace garden, even if you live in a city apartment.
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Terrace Garden: How to Create a Green Hanging Space
One green space where to find refuge and recharge, a place to always have at hand and customize according to your desires ... we are talking about garden on the terrace to suggest step by step how to create a perfect and suggestive green refuge even in the city.
Creating a hanging garden, from which you can also enjoy a suggestive view, is simpler than you can imagine, just pay attention to the organization of the spaces and carefully choose the flowers and plants that will make it a pulsating living environment.
If you too want your little corner of paradise, continuing to read you will discover a practical and simple one guide to design and construction of a garden on the terrace.
The first aspect on which we wish to focus on the design and construction of a terrace garden is that relating to any authorizations and checks to be requested to avoid being faced with unpleasant inconveniences.
If you live in an apartment building, read the regulation carefully and make sure you can proceed without violating any architectural constraints, even simply by inserting flower boxes or clutter elements.
Whether you wish to proceed with the construction inside a condominium or in a detached house, proceed with the necessary structural checks on the terrace and on the property by contacting a specialized technician.
Also keep in mind that if you are thinking of creating a veranda or the like, it will be good to check with the technical office of the Municipality to which you belong about any authorizations to be requested.
Types of garden on the terrace
When it comes to creating a garden on the terrace, and therefore a garden in a suggestive hanging version with an adjoining panorama, you can choose between two different types of projects, the first one that is easier to implement and consequently cheaper, the second more demanding expensive but with a suggestive result:
- In the first case it will be a question of furnishing and designing the outdoor space without using structural upheavals. You will have to study the plant carefully and start by identifying the areas of interest, for example the one that will be used as a table, deckchair or, on the contrary, only for greenery. If you want a good dose of privacy, create a sort of green fence using the plants.
- In the second case it will be decided instead to create a real turf, in short, a full-blown garden naturally on the terrace. As it is easy to guess, it will be necessary to proceed with the insulation of the floor and the drainage of the soil and water, therefore relying on experts in the sector.
Garden on the terrace
After a few small suggestions of a decidedly more technical nature, we are ready to go and discover countless and versatile terrace garden projects that can be the perfect source of inspiration for you. We have selected creative solutions inspired by both modern design and more traditional features where you can observe in a practical way how to combine furniture and plants to create the perfect perception of an oasis of peace and tranquility on your terrace.
To give an even more lively and particular touch to your green terrace project, do not forget to carefully study the positioning of the lights, which must be as natural as possible, and perhaps choose to insert a small but refined solar fountain that will contribute to create magical atmospheres.
Vertical garden on the terrace
If you want to create a green hanging space while having limited spaces available, you can choose for the very current and suggestive vertical gardens. This design solution will allow you to optimize the space by taking advantage of the heights, the result will be nothing short of amazing since you will have the impression of being inside a flowery forest or a jungle, it will only be up to you to define its intensity.
Zen garden on the terrace
If you love the boundless elegance and tranquility that Zen gardens can convey, you will certainly look forward to transforming your terrace into a small karesansui. Using sand, gravel, stones and plants typical of the Zen tradition (for example bamboo, bonsai trees and azaleas) as well as lanterns and statues, you can create a Zen garden on the terrace where you can relax and regain contact with the surrounding world.
Which plants and flowers to choose
The choice of plants and flowers to be used to decorate a terrace garden is inextricably linked to personal aesthetic taste. What you will certainly have to take into consideration is the climate and the resistance of the different species to different temperatures as well as the time you can devote to their care.
In general, you can choose practical and at the same time suggestive succulents, small fruit trees or macrobonsai, evergreen plants capable of growing easily in height so as to create a wood effect, as well as flowers of all kinds and various chromatic shades.
Design pots and planters
Another choice of great importance is that relating to vases and flower boxes which, in addition to containing plants and flowers, will also be real pieces of furniture. In this case we want to suggest you take a look at our selection of 40 garden pots and 30 outdoor planters, all with a refined design, perfect if you are looking for original if not unique objects.
WATERING WITHOUT THOUGHTS.
To have a green terrace that is always beautiful and healthy, it is necessary to constantly irrigate seedlings and flowers.
Do you lack time or do you not have a green thumb and are afraid of making the wrong quantity and frequency of irrigation? An option that you can consider is theinstallation of an automatic irrigation system for the terrace.
Designed precisely to always ensure the right amount of water, avoiding the errors generated by traditional manual watering.
Our experts often install systems of drip irrigation on terraces and balconies.
Also in this case it is good to know that you can choose between different dispensers, according to your needs:
- classic dripper for seedlings and pots.
- gush micro-irrigation, suitable for large planters and bushes.
- porous tube dripper, suitable for citrus fruits and valuable plants, capable of maintaining humidity evenly throughout the soil.
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Orte, designed by Giulio Iacchetti for Internoitaliano, is a tool set consisting of a hoe, a six-tooth rake and a shovel. Made of painted metal, they have a wooden base to store them in. But that's not all. "It will also be necessary to transplant the plants into larger pots: if we notice that they begin to "stay tight", it means that it is time to move them to a larger one, it will be sufficient to replace it with a new model of about 4-5 centimeters wider than the current one. If you normally keep them inside pot covers, that is, those pots without holes that do not allow water to escape by eliminating excess liquid, we recommend opting for a terracotta alternative with holes. If, on the other hand, they are plants potted in the earth, it will always be very important to choose the suitable substrate mixture as it will depend on the type of plant, of course ", continues the expert.
A selection of Colvin houseplants March is also the ideal month for planting new plants: "We recommend the olive tree, the strelitzia reginae or the dwarf muse, very trendy lately and easy to care for", suggests Magalí Puig Gómez, who adds: "Last step, but not least, is to create cuttings from the plants we have at home or in the garden. It is the best way to multiply and expand our little green corner. Depending on the species we want to reproduce, there are different methods to perform the operation ".
Diva by Alessi is characterized by sinuous shapes that recall a posing diva (hence the name). The design of Eero Aarnio is specially designed not only to facilitate filling from the tap but also the pouring of water into the vase What can't miss in the toolbox?
"The must-haves of the perfect gardener are gardening scissors or shears, a vaporizer, alcohol and cotton wool to disinfect the scissors before going to work on the plants, a gardening shovel, an apron and gloves, in case you work with thorny plants or plants with pointed leaves such as roses, cacti, and of course a watering can ».
The garden tools signed by Burgon & Ball, a historic English brand specialized in steel processing since 1730. Approved by the Royal Horticultural Society, one of the main horticultural organizations in the world, the photo collection is dedicated to those with small gardens and to those who prefer a lighter instrument For those who are beginners, they are enough few rules for dedicating oneself to gardening with satisfaction. Starting with measuring the amount of water well. How do you water correctly? "It is always better to do it a little rather than in excess", explains the plant expert, "in general it is easier to save a plant that seems a little dry rather than one that is too wet or practically soaked." And how do you understand that the right time has come to do so? «The universal trick is as follows: dip your finger into the substrate, then into the earth. If when you remove it it is dry, it means that it is advisable to water it. If, on the other hand, it is damp, it is better to wait ».
The Candy Crush watering hose, as well as all the accessories by Garden Glory, is inspired by the world of fashion, thus becoming a real decorative element Temperature and light are two other fundamental aspects to make plants happy. “The leaves have the same sensitivity as a person's skin when it comes to sunlight. We must always be very attentive to the needs of individual plants: when we buy a plant, we cannot always and only place it where we want. We must pay attention to the light and the temperature of the room or the place in which we are placing it before making the final decision ».
February works in the garden and on the terrace
Winter begins to show the first timid signs of surrender. He is still stubborn, but his arrogance and certainties are less granitic. At times a light wind from the south tears his clothes and sweeps the clouds of ice. Slices of blue sky appear among the frayed clouds: mirages of spring knocking on doors.
The gardener knows it will be a busy month, full of work and projects. Of sweat and daydreams.
Pruning roses and more ...
In February, a lot of plants start to be pruned. And the most famous - but also the most demanding - is undoubtedly the squad. Unfortunately, the pruning technique of this plant can be learned with a lot of study and with just as much practice. If you are not well versed in the subject, we recommend that you study a nice specific manual or watch a movie on the subject on Youtube. When you have learned the basics you can arm yourself with a shears and rage on your darling.
So start studying! Time is running out ...
Beware of other plants. Do not prune those that bloom on the branches grown the previous year. For example, if you feel like pollarding a forsythia, keep yours killer instict because you would irreparably compromise its flowering!
In the vegetable garden
This month we can sow directly outdoors: garlic, onions and carrots.
In a heated place instead: watermelon, basil, artichokes, cucumbers, chicory, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, melons, tomatoes, radishes, pumpkin and courgette.