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Colour blocking flowers in a garden. This design adds diversity and colour to  your landscape. FOTOSEARCH

Colour blocking flowers in a garden. This design adds diversity and colour to your landscape. FOTOSEARCH 

By STELLAR MURUMBA

Posted  Thursday, January 5   2017 at  16:50

In Summary

  • ‘Creating a garden is not like buying a carpet for your house but rather sewing a few glittery garments into Mother Nature’s rich material’.

In 2016, we had trendy gardening ideas in store for you but in  this new year we have so much more. After all, gardening is trend-proof.

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This ranges from small gardens with unbelievable ideas, minimalist dominance in landscaping materials to bush gardens that just grow out naturally.

After a whole year of writing about gardens, I have come to learn that creating a garden is not like buying a new corner-to-corner carpet for your house but rather sewing a few glittery garments of your own into Mother Nature’s rich material.

All said and done, gardening tastes would still change… there are those minimalists who would go crazy about the seamless geometric gardens, and those who fall for Japanese or French style gardens.

But you are yet to see more. Among the numerous gardening ideas – there is the less talked about – the cottage garden.

A cottage garden has an English history. It plays host to a beautiful array of antique items, flowers, ornamental and edible plants.

But whatever taste or preference, here are some of the trends you can incorporate in your backyard to achieve the best out of your garden, no matter the history behind it.

Colour blocking

Colour-blocking has been an ageless trend in women’s fashion for decades without losing its exquisiteness. It usually incorporates discrete blocks of bright colour shades, which can make a statement in your outdoor living spaces as well.

Pius Mwambingu, a landscape architect at Landtek Studios in Nairobi says that to achieve the best of colour-blocking in your garden simply highlight a specific planting area with that bold colour of your choice.

“A loud colour on a wall can, for instance, edge a row of potted plants or be the artful milieu to an outdoor day bed,” said Mwambingu.

“It is exciting and amazingly not an expensive thing to do. So you better keep that extra can of paint after revamping your home this New Year.”

If you do not have a wall to paint but are still yearning for a change, you can always use a solid-coloured alfresco mat or porch curtains to create the effect.

Natural materials

According to Pius, most of his clients have been asking for more old-fashioned and do-it-yourself kind of garden designs as compared to minimalist landscaping and garden furniture.

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