Decorating Ideas for the Urban Garden

Large, leafy green gardens are often a rare commodity in urban homes, so making clever use of any available space is even more important. This might be a case of clever planting, adding some colour with paint, or simply styling the area to create a welcoming ‘outside room’ that is perfect for dining, relaxing and entertaining.

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Go Vertical

If space is at a premium it makes sense to use that wall space. Here a collection of old frames have been given a coat of paint and used to hold moss and succulents. A gallery wall with a difference!

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Use Pots

With very little soil in urban gardens it makes sense to use pots to create a green oasis. Bigger pots with bigger plants will create more drama (and need less watering), but sometimes a row of pots hanging from a railing can look equally as good. Especially when painted in a rainbow of shades.

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Use All Available Surfaces

Garden steps can be used to add height to your flower displays too. With the addition of cushions they can even be used as occasional seats.

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Add Colour With Paint

Almost anything can be painted with the right paint and preparation. Matthew Brown, the Sandtex Technical Consultant offers a couple of tips:

When decorating, ensure surfaces are clean and dry. Don’t decorate over something that isn’t sound - a good coating can’t make a poor surface into a good one!”

“Use an appropriate primer that will provide a quality foundation for the paint to sit on. Ongoing maintenance is only needed when the surfaces look dull after cleaning.”

All images and paints used are from Sandtex Exterior Paints.