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Spring Gardening Ideas

How to Rock an Overgrown Spring Garden

I’ve just caught word, Creatives, that the pristine, structured and minimalist garden is no longer on-trend (you heard it here first). This spring, letting your greenery go wild is all the rage, says Matt Leacy from Landart Landscape Design. In this post, Matt shares his top tips for channeling this vibe in your outdoor space, creating a spring garden that feels more eclectic and somewhat feminine.

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So where does one start in creating a spring garden that’s running wild and free?

“Think flowers, foliage and softness,” Matt explains. “The aim here is to create layers of colour and shapes throughout your backyard space. Start by giving the space some depth with dense plants with lots of dark green foliage or plants with larger leaves”.

Matts says that tropical varieties with ficus lyrata, and the Vanuatu fan palm, are great for shady spaces or small balconies/courtyards. For sunny gardens, he advises you use varieties of viburnum, as these plants have deep glossy leaves that create a subtle texture.

When it comes to adding interest to the space, Matt tells me that it’s all about using plants with brightly coloured leaves or flowers, which will create contrast when places against the deep green plantation you’re using as your base. Plants with silver, light green or red leaves have a spectacular effect in getting this contrast to work.

“Make contrast and scale your primary focus. When choosing plants or pots, often larger is better,” Matt admits. “It seems to excite the senses more. Don’t shy away from a statement pot – bold patterns and striking colours will be the perfect inclusion for our outdoor oasis”.

Spring Garden Tips

Here are Matt’s three top tips for creating an on-trend, overgrown garden:

Think outside the pot…
Use a large pot with one large plant as the feature then use cascading smaller plants around the base of the feature plant. This way the plants can overflow and provide more depth to the space .

It’s all in the detail…
Look to incorporate that softer side by introducing plants such as limonium, bearded iris, hydrangea, lavender, butterfly bush and flowering kniphofias.

Dress it up…
Transform an old façade or shabby garden wall by using climbing plants. Climbing roses or jasmine can also be arranged to decorate/enhance window or door framing.

Brighten up and old bench seat with soft coloured cushions in pinks, greens and blue hues. This will draw you and your guests out of the house.

What do you reckon? Is a more relaxed, eclectic garden your kinda vibe, or are you unable to stray from the clean, minimalist look? Drop me a comment below and share.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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