One of the best ways to improve the aesthetic appeal of your home is to get creative with your garden. Corner gardens are a great way to utilize space and there are so many corner garden ideas that you can implement to make your home look nice.
The best part is that most of them won’t put a dent in your pocket. All you need is to invest some of your free time into garden improvement, and you will be good to go.
To help you out, here is how to make the most of your garden space, focusing on the corner.
Choose a location
Since we’re utilizing corners for your garden, the first and most important thing to consider is space. How much space do you have, and where?
You also have to decide whether you’re growing your garden indoors or outdoors.
Indoor corner gardens
Indoor gardens can completely elevate a room in your house, but the most important thing to consider when planting an indoor garden is where the light will come from. Ideally, you want to plant an indoor garden under a south-facing window in your house.
South-facing is key because it receives the most sunlight throughout the day, because the sun’s path in the Northern Hemisphere is such. It rises in the east, goes towards the south, and sets in the west.
If you don’t have a directly south-facing window, you have two options: use grow lights, or grow low-light plants.
One advantage of indoor gardens is that you can grow plants during the winter seasons by supplementing the light they receive and controlling the temperature. Essentially, you can have plants year-round.
Grow lights are certainly very effective, and many hydroponic growers exclusively use grow lights and get fantastic results. You can also just use plain and simple T5 tubelights, but they have to be held about 18 inches above your plants, so while you’ll certainly get a lot of greenery, you won’t get the aesthetic appeal of a “garden”.
Low light plants
There are many plants that thrive in low to medium light, that you can check out here. Rooms with only north-facing windows, or rooms with no windows at all are considered low and medium light.
In case there are no windows at all, you’ll need to leave the lights on for at least 12 hours a day, and for best results, cycle the plants in and out of the room so they get some doses of sunlight in bursts. That will result in a healthier, stronger plant with bigger leaves.
Outdoor corner gardens
Outdoors, you have a lot more flexibility, though not without making some choices. The biggest setback to outdoor plants, at least in the United States, Canada, and most European countries, is that winter months are very cold and your plants will probably not survive them.
However, certain plants are best planted just before or after the winter frost, after which point they begin sprouting in the spring.
To plant outdoors, you still want something south-facing, but you can also choose a slightly shaded location, as long as it still receives some direct sunlight.
Outdoors, you also have a lot of flexibility for adding other elements you may have had difficulty adding indoors, like a fountain.
Corner rock gardens
There has been a new shift in the understanding of the concept of a garden, which is evolving to not just mean plants, but also mean any kind of creative landscaping.
Rock gardens are one such idea, and some people have gotten really creative with them, especially when fitting them in corners.
Like plants, rocks come in different sizes, shapes, and colors, and you can organize rocks in really interesting ways, either to mimic the natural color gradients of plants, or to create your own structures.
The advantages of rock gardens are obvious:
- They look great, and they’re like a blank canvas for you to decorate in any way you wish
- They are pretty much permanent, and they’ll survive through all the seasons
- Rocks come in so many colors and shapes, and you can create a makeshift beach, towers, a mini Stonehenge, or really anything you can come up with
- You can add statues and fountains in between for an extra touch
- You can add mosses and small plants in between the rocks to get inspiration from the idea of Japanese zen gardens
Corner flower beds
Now we’re really talking traditional “gardens!”
Flower beds are really versatile, easy to make, and there are so many different things you can grow in them(not just flowers).
Raised beds are nice because they isolate that area from the rest of your garden, allowing you to put in fresh soil, fertilize just one area, and not worry about the flowers mixing up with your grass.
This video is an excellent tutorial for how to build a flower bed for cheap:
Corner vegetable gardens
In the same flower bed, you can also choose to grow vegetables. Vegetables will have double benefits: they add a really nice, green look to your garden, and they’re a source of food!
Green and leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and bok choy grow really fast under the right conditions, and they’ll look lush, vibrant, and green.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers are also super easy to grow and you’ll have the advantage of flowers(the small flowers on these plants look really pretty when they’re fruiting) and the mature fruits will be really tasty and ready to enjoy.
Herbs are also really easy to grow: basil and mint grow pretty much anywhere, and just 2 or 3 basil and mint plants will supply you with a constant stream of leaves that you can utilize in your cooking.
Plus, basil and mint smell great!
More ways to spruce up a corner garden
1. Add a rattan corner sofa
This is one of the best ways to make good use of your garden space. The best part about the rattan garden corner sofa is that it can be customized to match whatever garden setup you want.
As such, it becomes a major part of the aesthetic appeal of your home. Besides, aesthetics, the rattan corner sofa is quite practical for hosting guests.
It’s a nice place to bond with friends and family, especially on summer evenings while you watch the stars, and enjoy the cool breeze.
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2. Add a potted fruit garden
Your garden space doesn’t have to be for aesthetics alone, it can also be a source of food. Rather than buying fruits from the store, fruits that you are unsure of how they are grown, how about planting your own?
Fruits don’t have to take up too much space. Find fruits that can be potted and hang them in your garden corner.
If you water them well, they should give you a good supply of healthy food and fresh, 100% organic fruits.
3. Install a swing set
Your garden space can be a good play area for your kids. All you need to do is to install a good swing set where the kids can play and enjoy themselves.
With such a swing set, you achieve two goals. First, the kids have fun, which is important for their mental growth.
Here's a quick guide on how to build your own Swing Set:
Secondly, it gives you ample time to bond with them as you swing together during your free time. Time spent together with kids is priceless.
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4. Add some outdoor artworks
Art is one of the best ways to make your home look appealing. While most people use art indoors, you can use it outdoors too.
Sculptures are the best form of outdoor art. Make use of some nice colored sculptures that match the overall theme of your home.
You can combine such a sculpture with a rattan sofa of matching colors.
5. Make a storage table
Rather than store all your home improvement tools in a crowded garage, you can store them outside in a garden corner storage table. You can design this table to have some aesthetic value as well.
For instance, you can add a flower pot on top of it, and paint the table with colors that match your home’s overall color scheme. By doing this, you save on storage space, while keeping your home looking beautiful.
As you can see, there are so many awesome things you can do with corner spaces – so whether you make a rock garden, a vegetable garden, a hydroponic garden, or just decide to grow some shrubs and trees, it will definitely raise up your garden or room.
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