The A-Z Guide of Garden Essentials - PART FOUR

Sincerest apologies readers (again) for my posting slackness. After an extremely busy few weeks of getting amongst my new city and exploring Melbourne's maze of hidden laneways, funky bars, delightful restaurants, off-the-beaten-track boutiques and plethora of coffee shops, I have finally found a moment to sit quietly and bash out 'Part 4' (the final installment) of the A-Z Garden Essentials Guide. This guide follows on from Part 3 (which covered letters N-S). 

This A-Z Garden Essentials Guide will have you going ga-ga for greenery! Upon completing Parts 1 – 4 of this glossary you will be armed with all the information you need to completely transform your outdoor space. 

The concept of outdoor living has become a hugely popular trend in home improvement. Not only can the additional living space significantly increase the value of your home, it’s also a fantastic way to celebrate the outdoors!  Investing in your outdoor space is equally as important as ensuring the interior of your home is current and up-to-date. 

Read on to discover more ‘can’t afford to miss’ alfresco trends and a list of the most desired garden extras. Scroll down for letters T-Z.

T – Terrariums: I love terrariums and you will too! A terrarium is a small clear glass container filled with plants to create a miniature garden eco-system.

Low-maintenance and self-watering, terrarium plants get all the moisture they need from recycled water that disperses throughout the container. Typically the top part is closed and the front is open. Water from the soil inside the terrarium rises into the air creating ‘water vapour’. Vapour then collects onto the surrounding glass and cools. It then turns back into droplets of water which drip down into the soil and the whole process starts again! 

To learn how to make your own terrarium visit West Elm.

U – Umbrellas: Bright and beautiful, colourful and cool - a garden umbrella might be just the splash of colour you need to make your patio pop! 

Whether you have a preference for strong solid colours or vibrant patterns, there are many different options available. You shouldn't have any trouble finding the perfect parasol to compliment your outdoor décor scheme. 

A garden umbrella could be the missing piece to your garden puzzle. To achieve a complete and overall stylish look, firstly, decide on what type of aesthetic and mood your garden conveys, then select an umbrella in a colour, pattern or style that helps to pull all of the other elements in the scheme together. 

Not just for rain, umbrellas are made to create shade. Look for options that have UV protection marine fabric and come with a screw fastening and tilt function. This will help to provide protection from the sun no matter what time of the day. For breezy days, a canopy with double reinforced pockets (that are vented for wind release) will add strength and stability.

Check out the Pool and Patio for their Top 10 picks for patio umbrellas. 



 

V – Vegetable Patch: Re-connect with the earth by designing your very own mini-vegetable garden. There’s nothing more satisfying or rewarding than being able to nip out to the back yard to collect some fresh, enviro-friendly, GMO-free, organic veggies that you cared for and cultivated yourself. 

A veggie patch offers a smorgasbord of colour, texture and fragrance. Choose from tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers, carrots, leeks, or leafy greens such as lettuce, chard and kale to create a living work of art. 

Your veggie patch needn't take up a lot of space either. Simple garden boxes can be created and if space is really limited; boxes can be staggered or tiered (see image below). 

Avoid sewing too many seeds at once – you don’t want to feel overwhelmed. The trick is to start off small then gradually add to your veggie patch. This will allow you to better gauge how much time and effort you need to devote to your new edible garden.

For a step-by-step guide to creating your own veggie patch visit: Better Homes & Gardens




1. W – Water Features: The soothing sound, undulating movement and mesmerising texture of water brings a calming, tranquil element to the garden and provides a beautiful focal point or dramatic design statement.

Water features can be as simple or grand as you wish and are suitable for any sized outdoor space. There are options to suit every budget and definitely worth the investment. A wall mounted option is great for those with limited space, whilst a fountain or pond-less feature work well in a more spacious area. Both require very little maintenance but bring so much visual interest to a garden. No matter what your taste the design styles and finishes options are endless. Materials such as natural stone, textured glass, stainless steel, aluminium, mosaic tiles or pebbles are hugely popular and lighting can be incorporated to make the garden look magical at night.

Thanks today’s modern technology; water features can be designed to clean the air throughout the day, then automatically drain and refill with ‘Reverse Osmosis’ filtered water at night. It is also possible to have full control over the water feature, including the water speed, sound, and cascading water patterns! Visit Kalsi Aluminium for more details.



X – Xtras (and other brilliant garden essentials): 
This section includes my picks for the top 10 most amazing garden ‘must-haves’ (that weren’t included in the previous A-Z categories). This is the ultimate garden ‘wish list’! 

1. Garden Games – For fun with friends and the family! Introduce a game or two such as; Giant Jenga, Chess, Badminton, Lawn Boules, or my favourite – Croquet!

2. Hammock – A plush pillowed hammock in a bold-eye catching colour or stripe can be matched with an outdoor umbrella to add cabana worthy flair.

3. Hot Tub – Take a soak in the ultimate form of relaxation.

4. Gazebo / Summer House – Offers a luxurious sheltered setting for dining or relaxation away from the main house.

5. Greenhouse – Essential for the serious gardener.


6. Lap Pool – The perfect space saving solution for exercising and cooling off.

7. Signs and Plaques – More than just a ‘welcome’ greeting or ‘beware of dog’ alert, quirky signs can add a whimsical element and help to highlight a garden theme.

8. Stylish Shed – Far more than a tool store, a shed can be styled to become a main garden feature.

9. Tent or Tepee – Not just for festivals (and much cheaper than a gazebo); a cute tent with lots of plush floor cushions makes a fun and cosy garden addition.

10. Trellis – The ever useful garden trellis is no longer ugly and outdated! The modern day trellis is now available in punchy colours and sculptural designs that support your plants in a much more contemporary, decorative way!

Check out Flora and Terra Trellis.

Y – Yoga Area: Imagine listening to the sounds of nature as a sensation of warm sunlight washes over you and a gentle cool breeze brushes past your cheek.
There are so many health benefits associated with being outdoors; the sights, sounds and scent of a garden is naturally relaxing and healing and can help to develop a peaceful state of mind. Take the opportunity to get high on nature and practice the art of yoga, stretching and meditation in your own backyard with a dedicated quiet space.

Pick a private, quiet spot within the garden away from high activity areas and traffic noise. You will need to have a relatively level surface where you are comfortable sitting, standing and laying down. A decking area is ideal; however, grass can work just as well. It’s a good idea to have the area already set up and ready to use. It will be far more motivating for you to have easy access to matt’s and equipment. Consider implementing clever storage solutions such as hooks, painted timber boxes, or a chest with an upholstered seat covered in a bright outdoor fabric would work well.
       

Z – Zen Garden Elements:
Introduce a little East to your West with a few key Zen design elements! Taking cues from a Japanese garden will help to instil a peaceful atmosphere within your outdoor living space. It will also provide a tranquil place to de-clutter your mind and nurture your spirit. 


A Zen landscape consists of simple, clean lines which avoid symmetry. In essence, the design should replicate the randomness of nature, alter perception and engage the senses. It should offer a sense of mystery and magic without being pretentious or unnatural, and just like a fine wine - it should improve with age. 

Whilst a Zen garden doesn’t require or expect any single component, some common features that are typically depicted include; bridges, islands, ponds, streams, waterfalls, basins, sand, pebbles, stepping stones, sculptural rocks and plants, pathways, lanterns, bamboo fencing and Buddha statues.



To learn more about the mystery of the Zen take a quick peek at this article by Ezine and Do It Yourself
For inspirational imagery visit Better Homes and Gardens
         
And that’s a wrap! Congratulations, you have completed all 26 categories of the A-Z Guide of Garden Essentials! It’s time to get out into the garden and embrace the joys of alfresco living! You now have absolutely everything you need to spring into action and convert your outdoor area into an amazing oasis. 

If you would like to review any of the previous sections of this guide, please click on the links below.
Part 1 
Part 2 
Part 3 
Celebrate Summer in an Outdoor Oasis. 

Happy Gardening!

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Coastal Design comes to the City!

Apologies if things at Squeezed Daily have seemed a little quiet lately, It's been an uber busy last couple of weeks! After receiving a fabulous job offer to good to pass up and (without thinking twice) Squeezed Daily has relocated to the design capital of Australia and will be now reporting from the city of Melbourne!

With just a week to pack up, depart Sydney, find an apartment in Melbourne and start a new job on the Monday, it left little time to give Sydney the proper good bye it deserved. I did, however, manage to attend the much anticipated design social event of the season - the launch of the Coastal Design Co's first flagship showroom in Sydney!!



The renowned New Zealand luxury outdoor furniture company founded by Jo Eddington, has opened it's doors in the creative design precinct of Alexandria. The evening was attended by over 200 media celebrities such as Barry Du Bois and Joe Snell, stylists, suppliers, designers and friends attended the night of fine design, food and wine, which was hosted by Belle Magazine Editor-in-Chief Neale Whitaker.

Wolfgang Pichler of Viteo, Neale Whitaker of Belle Decor Magazine & Jo Eddington of Coastal Design Co.

With my personal hero - Jen Bishop from Interiors Addict and Barry Dubois or channel 10's The Living Room.

Wolfgang Pilcher of Viteo

The lovely Jo Eddignton 
Designed for Aussie / Kiwi living, Coastal Design Co's outdoor furniture collection oozes luxury, yet is highly practical and offers the ultimate in superior comfort, aesthetic design and (the other important factor not to be forgotten) - value.



Established in 2006 in New Zealand, Coastal Design Co's outdoor collections are manufactured to strict quality standards using specialty marine grade materials sourced from the highest quality suppliers worldwide, including Sunbrella ™ premium outdoor fabrics, Batyline textilene and 304 EP Stainless Steel, ensuring the products are built to weather the tough Australian and New Zealand conditions.



Complimenting Coastal Design Co's own innovative designs are exclusive imported European brands. These include a range of outdoor kitchens, beautiful illuminated pots from Italy, Infratech outdoor heating from Germany, a beautiful new range of organic hand-made soy candles, sumptuous faux fur throws, exclusive Nick Radford New Zealand made outdoor rugs, COAST NZ Marine Bean Bags and a selection from the Austrian architect Wolfgand Pichler's 'VITEO' collection. 



Conveniently located around the corner from the famous 'Grounds of Alexandria' and next door to super cool restaurant 'The Vicinity', a visit to Coastal Design Co. is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon, enjoying my two favourite things: good coffee and great design! 

See you outside!

Visit: www.coastaldesignco.com.au

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La Tessa Photography


The A - Z Guide of Garden Essentials - PART THREE

Welcome to Part 3 of your A-Z Garden Essentials Guide

This guide follows on from Part 2 (which covers letters H-M). 

This section is bursting with more unique outdoor décor ideas and useful garden elements - all of which are quirky, creative, unusual and eco-friendly. If you have been following from Part 1, you should now be gaining a good understanding of the various types of products available and learning how even the most basic items (new or old) can be adapted with a creative twist to bring your garden to life!

It’s so exciting to consider of all of the possibilities and fun features that can be incorporated into an outdoor living space. Garden design and decoration allows a lot freedom to be creative and express one’s personal style. 

Consider this guide to be your very own inspiration style file. Use it to enhance your own garden with some unexpected whimsy and to help transform it into a relaxing retreat full of character, charm and flair! Scroll down for letters N-S. 

N – Night Lighting: The most important element of your garden for creating the right mood and ambiance, a well-planned lighting scheme is essential for highlighting your landscape and emphasizing it features. 

When choosing task lighting for the exterior of the home, LED lights are a smart choice for their energy efficiency, longevity and wireless options. LED fittings are available for most standard types of lighting including; lamp posts, wall mounted, spotlights, recessed spots, uplighters and garden spikes etc. 

Your source of decorative lighting can come from a range of products which don’t have to be typical forms of lighting, for example; a fire place will create a beautiful warm glow, a neon lit sign can bring about a sense of fun, solar powered floor lamps create a soft glow, hanging lights and lanterns strung across a patio, on trees and bushes or along the top of a deck will look magical at night, hurricane lamps look great when placed either side of a staircase and continued up every few steps, and last but not least; year-round outdoor standing lamps (which look like indoor lamps, but come with all-weather light bulbs and waterproof, washable shades) will create a cozy, homely feel.

This topic is extremely extensive, for more information and ideas visit the following websites - 
Landscape Lighting WorldCast Lighting and DIY Network
          





O – Ornaments & Sculptures: Garnish your garden with a few decorative pieces of garden art that you love! Here’s your opportunity to go modern, classic or kitsch. Items can be as simple as vases, pots and bowls or as elaborate as a life size sculpture or water feature. These items all work well as they provide a focal point and can be the source of a theme for your garden. 

Before selecting outdoor art, consider your home's architectural style. If you have a cottage-style house, elements similar to those outlined under the section ‘Recycled Elements’ in this guide such as; re-purposed vintage timber, weathered and iron pieces, old farm or industrial fixtures or equipment, coloured glass bottles (from water or wine) and mason jars would fit perfectly.

       



The classical look lends itself well to objects carved from natural stone or cast in bronze, zinc or resin. Usually these statues are heavily influenced by the Renaissance in 15th century Europe and depict figurines such as angels, goddesses, mythical creatures or animals. Also very popular are bird baths, water features and urns. 

       





For modern gardens look for objects that will inspire and transform with simple, organic, geometric or bold forms; sleek, highly polished finishes look great as does brushed stainless steel, oxidized or coloured powder coated steel, volcanic rock or glass.





Kitsch items can include anything from the classical to the retro to the downright absurd, just as long it’s unexpected - it's all in good fun! Look for bright colours and quirky objects that are weird and wonderful.




P – Pizza Ovens: Fun and yum – here’s another slice of heaven for your garden! There’s nothing better than being able to cook and dine outdoors. Only now in addition to the Ye ol’ faithful barbeque, we have the pleasure of a pizza oven! While the artesian Pompeii pizza oven made of stone and brick still has its charm; the modern day pizza oven is compact, contemporary and sleek. An extremely versatile cooking tool – some fully-equipped versions come as a BBQ, pizza oven and fire-place all in one!

For more info. visit: MorsHomedit and Hayneedle





Q – Quirky Accessories & Fun Furnishings. Your garden can be used as canvas to display examples of your personal style and if desired convey a sense of whimsy. Introduce accents and fun knick knackery through bright colours or bold print cushions, rugs or garden stools. Find furnishings with an indoor aesthetic that are specifically for outdoor use. When selecting items confirm they are water, stain and fade resistant. 

Remember: simplicity is the key here – sometimes less is more, be careful not to overdo it. The accessories should enhance, not compete or detract from the natural beauty of the landscape itself. It’s best to select a few key items to add a pop of colour and add interest and intrigue. If you like a lot of colour and pattern – that’s fine, just make sure that the overall look appears balanced and harmonious, not confusing to the eye, busy, untidy or out of place.





Artful, alluring and the epitome comfort; the ever-fashionable ‘Hanging Chair’ is one of my all-time favourite fun furnishing for the garden. Swing back in one of these ‘must-have’ bright and bold beauties:





Knotted Melati Hanging Chair from Anthropologie

Tropicalia Cocoon Chair by designer Patricia Urquiola for Moroso
Blue Bird Garden Swing Chair by Acacia
Mini Nest Rest by Dedon 

For some great deals on gorgeous outdoor accessories and furniture visit Joss and Main and One Kings Lane.

R – Recycled Elements: Create an eco-conscious garden by introducing thrifty up-cycled décor or re-used materials. Scouring for salvage can be a lot of fun and is great way to express your creativity. Sourcing unique inexpensive garden art can be as easy as scouting out old items you own, or ask family and friends for anything they may no longer want. Visit salvage yards, garden centres or car boot sales and look for items that speak to you. Use materials as you find them spruce them up with a sand and varnish or fresh lick of paint. 

Seek out charming rusted gates, grand timber doors, distressed window frames and shutters, or antiqued mirrors to create a statement within the garden. Re-use old wagons or wheel-barrows and wooden furniture such as a chair or dresser to display plants and flowers. Add a vintage looking bicycle, bird cages or horse saddle to create a sense of whimsy. A small claw-foot bath or galvanised tub can be filled with ice and drinks to create the perfect party ice bucket, the list is endless! These unique, unexpected items when placed creatively will transform from junk into spunk and enliven-your outdoor space!

For a list of Architectural Salvage Yards and Re-claimed Materials in Canada check out – House & Home or Legacy Vintage and in Australia check out - Showrooms.com.au Salvo Web or The Junk Map.
       


                                             
S – Solar Shading: The most successful outdoor living space not only values the surrounding landscape, it offers comfort, shelter and sense of style – Selecting a good solar shading option helps to make this all possible! 

Solar shades are perfect for reducing sun-glare without completely blocking out light or obstructing your garden view. Not only will solar shades protect you and your family from harmful UV rays, they offer protection to furniture and fabrics and can protect the exterior of your home, making it more energy efficient. 

Shading solutions are available in the form of retractable awnings, fixed or portable canopies sails and sun screens. They are made with solar screen fabric that is available in various colors, fabrics, weaves, and styles with varying levels of light blockage. Some shades (design permitting) can also include the added convenience of motorization, making fun in the sun as easy as pushing a button.

For more information visit: Hay Needle





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