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5 gardening trends to give your outdoor space a makeover

Change can be good, so why not give your garden some TLC? Whether you have a balcony, courtyard or garden, some of these trends could work for you.

We’ve all been spending more time at home over the last few months. Whether you’d like to bring the outdoors in or rejuvenate your garden, you’ll be pleased to know that plants also come with a surprising benefit: they’re good for us!   

Plants help boost productivity, ease feelings of stress, improve mental health, purify the air and even promote healing. According to Gary Altman, associate director of the Horticultural Therapy Program at Rutgers, “Potting plants and actively maintaining them provide an opportunity to forget about troublesome, stressful things that may be going on in your life, and focus on the here and now. While this is helpful to us and our psychological wellbeing, the plant enjoys this care as well, and grows better and is better equipped to provide the physical benefits.”

We’ve found 5 of the top gardening trends of 2020 that might inspire your green fingers.  

Vertical gardening

This trend is perfect for smaller spaces, and the beauty of vertical gardening, according to the National Design Academy, is that it adds colour where you wouldn’t expect it. And don’t limit yourself to only planting shrubs and flowers, experiment with herbs and vegetables too.

You can either invest in a solid structure or make your own from recycled wooden pallets. Anything goes!

Costs to consider:

  • Structure/framework for the vertical garden
  • Pots
  • Plants
  • Potting soil

Biophilic design 

Although it sounds like a mouthful, biophilic design simply means bringing the outdoors in to help you remain connected to the natural environment. It isn’t really a new concept but it’s set to be a big trend this year. And it’s not just about green foliage; the design style incorporates any hues, textures and colours you would find in the natural world.

Plus, it’s perfect for any kind of space, from a large family home to a compact urban studio apartment. Let your imagination run wild: think living walls, indoor trees, oversized pots, hanging plants… There are many outdoor plants that thrive indoors, such as begonias, fuchsias, geraniums and herbs like basil, parsley and rosemary.

Costs to consider:

  • Plants
  • Pots

Grow your own

Now is the time to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Although you can use any space (a balcony or corner of your garden), expert gardeners agree that fertile soil is the single most important factor in maximising your crops. One simple way to do this is by using raised beds that can be made from wooden planters.

Aim to keep raised beds to a maximum width of 1.2m so that it’s easier to reach the middle without stepping on your plants. If you’re planting against a wall or fence, keep them about 60 – 90cm wide as you might only be able to reach them from one side. Keep the height at about 15cm, or 30cm if you’re planning to plant root vegetables.

Costs to consider:

  • Gardening tools
  • Seeds or seedlings
  • Planters
  • Soil

A secret garden nook

Another trend gaining popularity is creating a secluded spot where you can relax, sit back and enjoy your outdoor space. Ideally, you’ll want to use a space that is shaded, and perhaps add a water feature, wind chimes and seating.

Although a corner of the garden is often the best place to create a secret nook, any space will do. Just remember to think about protection from the wind, rain and sun.

Costs to consider:

  • Outdoor furniture
  • Paving stones
  • Labour (for bigger projects)
  • Plants
  • Water feature or fountain

Outdoor entertaining

Although not strictly garden related, extending your home into the outdoors is a huge trend this year and does involve your outside space. Start filling those Pinterest boards with inspiration for that new braai area, enclosed patio, pizza oven or sunken fire pit. That way you’ll be ready to entertain when lockdown is over.

Costs to consider:

  • Building plans
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Decking or paving
  • Building material and labour
  • Lighting

Finance your garden makeover

Are you dreaming big about how to transform your garden, but worried about your budget? That’s where an access facility could be the answer you're looking for. With our access facility, you could get access to up to R250 000 credit limit. It's revolving credit that puts you in control, because you: 

  • apply only once at a Capitec branch
  • decide when you want to access the money and what you want to use it for
  • choose a monthly repayment amount or period you’re comfortable with. If your financial situation changes unexpectedly, you can adjust your repayment amount or period
  • can access your available balance at any time, and deal with unplanned expenses when they pop up 

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