Once delivered, your garden room can appear a bit raw – brand new smooth sanded cedar, sparkling glass and fresh decking. This brief list is a guide to settling in your new best purchase so it looks like it belongs.
Landscaping the ground around your new garden room helps make it fit in. Think about the contrast you want against the cedar, keeping in mind that its colour will fade to silvery grey over the first months.
- Grass. Seed needs damp, well tilled soil for the best chance of complete coverage. You may decide to lay turf for an instant green but it will also need watering regularly. Dry turf shrinks, leaving unseeded gaps between the strips of grass and yellow edges.
- Slate. Bangor blue slate shards cast a complementary texture between your cedar and your lawn and look beautiful whether wet or dry. Lay them thickly onto a weed-free area, using an organic weed prevention sheet to reduce maintenance. If you can plan a curved edge to the slate area it contrasts aesthetically with the clean lines of the garden room. Let it finish, in height, just below the lawn level for easy grass cutting.
- Pebbles. Stones or pebbles can work equally well if you prefer a softer line and more tactile medium. Best set thickly, tumbling over each other, on top of an organic weed retainer.
- Fragrant Planting. Leisure spaces benefit from fresh floral planting. Lavender and rosemary are hardy perennials offering good value for money as they grow larger each year. Rosemary and Thyme retain their small green leaves year-round and Thyme will spread as ground cover. These three herbs create a perfect backdrop for annual planting of californian poppy and calendula. They also create a fantastic, relaxing aroma – especially after rain. If the building will be used during evenings, plant a handful of evening primrose flowers and night-scented stock throughout the beds or pots. The heady night-only scent is amazingly strong and very sensuous.
- Colour Planting. Keeping in mind that red draws the eye, it may be useful to plant a series of red roses or small tree with red flowers or berries towards the rear of the building. Orange flowering plants will always work well against the bluish tones of the maturing cedar.
- Architectural Planting. Bamboos – the clump forming variety only. A hedge of bamboo is a luxurious screen which whispers and dances in the wind. This kind of bamboo grows to 2 – 4m high and can be found in many different stem colours and patters and leaf colours, from pale yellow, through greens to black. A clump of three together, strategically planted in front of the room can break the horizontal lines and will form a constantly moving feature. Hostas are also sourced from East Asia and, used together, these two plants will soften your new feature. Hostas like damp earth but are very happy in pots where their leaves broaden and dip to form a perfectly balanced display.
- Specimen Tree. Adding one (or a group of three if you have the space) silver birch or weeping birch as a specimen in front of the room will serve to soften its impact and encourage wildlife. A strong established tree may take the weight of a hammock in summer.
- Furniture. Garden furniture such as wood burners, barbeques, tables, love-seats, hammocks, dining sets, sand pits, sofa swings, chalk boards – populate the area around your garden building and use it like an outdoor room. Or enjoy the minimalist cleanliness of an empty deck.
We want you to enjoy your new space. Find your optimum work/life balance. The more it fits in, the more value and interest it will generate for your property and the more pure pleasure you will feel from using it.