Homes and Property
Creating a cosy relaxing spot in your garden
Posted Wednesday, October 23 2013 at 00:00
Add character to your garden by investing in a garden bench.
My name is Stephen Kigwe of GAN Design Services, a landscaping and design company, located in Kabalagala along Muyenga Road. Cozy garden spots are personal spaces where you can go and sit for “me” time.
“Me” time is either where you have a book to read, some work you want to finish and you want to be in a quiet place or you want to think ideas out.
One of the best ideas is to create a beautiful sitting place, like a beautiful garden bench, especially if you can put it in a place which is out of people’s way. You could place it in a quiet corner, surrounded by trees or shrubs, so that you can sit there even in the middle of the day; without feeling the sun’s heat.
A bench would also be beautiful if placed in the middle of a long garden, probably near a perimeter wall, to break the monotony or the distance, so that when you sit there, you can look around and enjoy your garden. Sometimes that is when you can think up more ideas for your garden.
A cozy spot could also be a place for two – you and your wife or a loved one, even a visitor.
Plants around the spot
For the Oketchos’ (not real name) garden, I used Philodendron (Philodendron Scandens), a climber. It is also in the pot. In the background, there is a Climbing Fig (Ficus Pumila) and the Golden Shower, on the perimeter wall. In the middle of the side there is a Croton, a shrub on the other side of the bench.
The bench is made of aluminium. We bought it directly from a shop. You can find them at Game and Shoprite; or you can opt to have a locally made one and have an arch made over it.
The purpose of having an arch over it is so that people can sit under it, especially when it is hot and the bench is not directly under trees; also so that you can have climbers on the arch.
The ones that are sold in the supermarkets come with the whole assortment.
The colours don’t matter
The Oketchos preferred white. The colours are usually bold, to brighten the spot.
In the pots, there is Sansevieria (Sansevieria Trifsciata), a succulent. It rises out of the pot, adding beauty and aura to the spot. The pots add beauty as well.For the plants, you need those that are easy to maintain, will rise out of the pot and those that are waxed. Waxed plants have leaves that do not fall off easily, so they endure for long. They also don’t dry easily.
There are also ferns in the pots. They are easy to grow, can grow by themselves, need little maintenance and add to the greenery of the place. Greenery adds character around the bench, so that you don’t feel secluded.
There are other small pots on the ground. These contain small succulents. We have high pots, medium pots and the small pots, which are on the ground.
So if one is looking to add alittle life to their garden, having a wrought iron or aluminium garden bench is a great place to begin.
As told to Constance Obonyo