Lavish lavender DIY

Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor

In the spirit of this month’s sleek minimalism topic, Life is a Garden brings you a lavish lavender DIY that’ll fit right in with a more is less approach to gardening.  These stunning Lavandula varieties are perfect for adding colour to big beds and containers on the patio, plus – they are low-maintenance, water-wise, and attract a host of beneficial pollinators.

Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor
Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor

Top plant picks

1. Lavandula angustifolia: compact and bushy with small, grey-green leaves and long flower spikes in deep purple.

Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor
Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor

2. Lavandula dentata (toothed lavender): spreading habit, bushy shrubs with scalloped foliage, which are either dark green or grey depending on the variety. Fragrant, purple-blue flowers.

Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor
Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor

3. Lavandula x intermedia (English lavender): a vigorous hybrid with a spreading growth habit and aromatic grey-green leaves. Tall flower spikes covered in small mauve flowers.

Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor
Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor

4. Lavandula stoechas (French lavender): numerous hybrids available of this compact bushy shrub with slender green leaves. Short spikes of purple or pink flowers topped with two colourful bracts looking like rabbit ears.

Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor
Garden DIY, Minimalist Garden, Lavender Ideas, DIY Garden, Projects, Lavender Inspiration, Lavender, Design, Garden, Decor, Lavender Crafts, Simple Gardening, Lavender Planting, Minimalist Landscape, DIY Garden, Ideas Lavender, DIY Garden, Inspiration, Lavender, Tips, Minimalist, Living, Lavender, Garden, Outdoor, Projects, Lavender, Beauty, Lavender, Decor

How to keep it simple

  • Entrances and walkways: Replace many small stepping stones with large square slabs. Fill the remaining area with either black gravel for a dramatic feel or white pebbles for a clean look. Choose one lavender variety to be repeatedly planted alongside the walkway. Remember to space them evenly and keep plants neatly groomed. 
  • Containers on the patio: Carefully consider your colour scheme and think about how to bring in subtle purple accents through your garden furniture, window frames, and table accessories. Having three colours at most, complimented by other neutral colours, will create a minimalistic look. Container colours and texture are essential, so go for fewer and larger containers rather than multiple coloured ones.
  • Beds: Repetition of the same one or two plants is key when designing a minimalist bed, as well as the bed shape.

Get the look – Kid-friendly gardens Must Love Gardening

Dear gardener-parents. It’s time to unleash the big fun guns and get the kids away from those screens. We know it’s a challenging task BUT, Life is a Garden is here with some in-your-face, bold, bright ideas to create the ultimate kid-friendly, outdoor play place. Here’s your chance to create a garden that invites, inspires, and involves your kids.

 

The funky monkey jungle gym

Instead of a standard wooden jungle gym, get creative with something totally unique. There are several companies that can provide custom requests, so think about what your child would really enjoy. Perhaps they like to climb high, or swing on bars, maybe they like hiding spots, a cooking/experiment station, or perhaps they need a structure to just explore their gross-motor skills.

 

Cowboys and tepee’s

This idea is great for the bigger family and for when friends come over. It’s super easy to build a couple of tepees in the backyard from pole and plastic tarp/canvas.  Grab ready-made tepees and supplies to build your own from one of our GCA Garden Centres. Kids can decorate their own special tee-pee and add fun accessories. This structure can be used as an outdoor reading nook too.

 

Friends of the fairies

Engage fine-motor skills and imagination with a little fairy garden filled with lovely magical goodies. Take the kids on an outing to your GCA Garden Centre and let them choose a couple of fairy friends. Try use the fairy garden as more of an organic outdoor dollhouse that’s functional to play with/in, rather than purely ornamental. Secretly hide a few friends and let them hunt for the missing bounty!

Everyday beach day

Reinvent the standard sandpit! Get the kids excited about outside by introducing something like a pretend beach day for all the inland children. Dig a decent sized hole, layer with plastic sheeting, and then fill with soft beach sand.

June in the Garden Checklist for the outdoor artist Gardening Checklist

Consider the June garden as an inviting blank canvas, welcoming you to paint with a rainbow of winter blooms. For your cool-season muse, Life is a Garden has gathered a few vibrant beauts to plant-paint with, as well as some artsy edibles to inspire your soups. Learn how to defend your plant babies against black frost and enjoy our handy maintenance tips. Embrace the cold and plant on!

 

Chilled thrills in the Western Cape
  • Have faith in your fynbos and head over to your GCA Garden Centre to checkout new protea hybrids and visit some old faves too. Leucospermums (pincushions) and leucadendrons are stunning choices you can go bos with in the garden. Remember, proteas grow in pots too!
  • Aunt Gale’s wind is always around the corner so make sure all ties and stakes supporting young trees and roses are super secure. You may also want to check your garden furniture and make sure that nothing will end up in your neighbour’s yard.
  • Avoiding flooding at home by clearing drains and gutters of old plant material.
  • Begin winter pruning on vines, peach, plum, and apricot trees. Visit your GCA Garden Centre for products to spray on dormant trees after pruning.
Plant flowers from Wonderland
  • Pansies and Violas: These annuals are perfect to plant as borders and edgings, in window boxes and containers. Position them where they receive full sun in winter but partial shade in spring and early summer, to give them a longer lifespan. They like fertile, composted soil with good drainage and regular watering.
  • Snapdragons: These short-lived, yet super-cute perennials are ideal in mixed border gardens, flower boxes, and as potted patio décor. Bright snapdragon flowers will bloom profusely all winter long in full sun to partial shade. Begin germinating seeds indoors and when they’re ready, pop them into nutrient-rich soil that drains well.

Get the look – Food for Thought Must Love Gardening

Life_is_a_Garden_OCT-GetTheLook-Decor4
Life_is_a_Garden_OCT-GetTheLook-Hero

This gorgeous edible garden makes you think twice about traditional row sowing. Why not create a stylish veggie garden that serves not only as a functional food source but also as a relaxing chill space where you can share and enjoy your edibles with friends.  The best part is that you too can easily get the look, here’s how.

Life_is_a_Garden_OCT-GetTheLook-Decor1
Life_is_a_Garden_OCT-GetTheLook-Decor2
  • Vertical landscaping elements, such as the gazebo, provides that homely outdoor room feel. With a comfy bench, this can become a favourite spot to sit and relax. The gazebo also offers the ideal structure to grow a climbing rose. The wooden tee-pees also add to the vertical element and will be very useful for many climbing plants. You could use any other pillar or frame you like to achieve some height in the space. . In this garden, the tall Tuscan rosemary has been used to fill the tee-pees and is a refreshing new twist to sculptured gardening. Beans, peas, tomatoes and many more edibles would also work wonderfully.
  • The different levels in the design offer a clever way of making any space look larger and more interesting.
  • The strong blue colour on the back wall is very dramatic and contrasts with the lime coloured gazebo and tee-pees. It also shows up the plants in the garden, especially the architecturally shaped grey-leaved artichokes in the bed against the wall. The blue flowering plants connect with the wall while the patches of yellow and gold pop brightly. The pink chandelier and cushion are striking and draw the eye to the seating area.

Tip: Repetition is a strong design principle that is often overlooked. Notice how the tin and terracotta pots are repeated amongst the wooden planters. This repetition throughout the design helps to enhance the overall look.

 

Life_is_a_Garden_OCT-GetTheLook-Decor3
Life_is_a_Garden_OCT-GetTheLook-Decor4

Get the look with some of the edible plants in this landscape that you may or may not have tried:

  • Did you know that roses are closely related to apples, apricots, pears and peaches?

Get the look – A Mexican Fiesta Must Love Gardening

Life is a Garden
Life is a Garden

Olá me amigos! This month, our inspiration stems from Mexico and their vibrant, easy-go-lucky flavour. Come salsa with us and spice up your garden by planting a colourful burst of summer fun. This water-wise garden is low maintenance and bold in its simplicity. Get your friends together for sundowners and welcome the sizzling summer vibes and braais to your backyard.

Life is a Garden
Life is a Garden

Weave a tapestry of delight with a vivid variety of plant combinations. It’s easy to highlight a medley of succulents accompanied by a diverse range of one-drop plants. These are low water requirement plants that will save your wallet and add rich textures to your space. We love the silvery shards of Blue Chalksticks (Senecio ficoides) - a spreading succulent shrub. It’s proudly South African and will thrive quickly in well-drained soil in a sunny area. Contrast these bluish grey-green patches with the robust burgundy of the Bushveld Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sexangularis) and you have a striking mix of red and blue. These guys are not thirsty so let the soil dry completely before watering. They are hardy and will forgive even the most absent-minded gardener. Their name derives from the Chinese Kalan Chauhuy meaning ‘that which falls and grows’, so yes, they will survive! These water-wise companions take low maintenance to the next level.

 

Life is a Garden
Life is a Garden

The show-grabber is undoubtedly the Foxtail Agave (Agave attenuata) all the way from Mexico. Invite these amigos into your space to create spectacular visual focal points. They grow up to 1,2 m tall and will add height to the layout. Unlike other agaves, they won’t bite. With no thorns or spikes, they are referred to as unarmed. This makes them a friendly addition to any family. You can accentuate their sleek and stylish appearance even more by planting them in decorative pots.