Planting various plants around your new timber gazebo will ensure it looks just like it was always meant to be here. It will also link it to the rest of your garden. Using plants is a way to personalise your gazebo and give it your own personal touch.
What sort of plants should you look at?
A climber can be an easy-to-grow, easy-to-maintain way to add some colour and even some scent to the area around your new gazebo. You can decide to grow your climbers in a pot near your gazebo or plant them directly into the ground. If you want them to add some lovely scents in your outdoor entertaining area, consider planting Honeysuckle or Jasmine. These will dispense a lovely smell throughout the day and into the evening.
Some Clematis are also more fragrant than others so maybe shop around when they are in blossom season so you can sample on the spot! Wisteria and Bougainvillea are also wonderful and colourful choices. However, they need to be well supported and can also take over so it is important to control their growth to make sure you get the effect you want.
Succulents are wonderful for styling a gazebo area, just because there are so many types, and they are so easy to look after. They do not mind the Australian harsh weather, and can withstand a lot with very little work.
Succulents come in many shapes and even colours and some of them have interesting flowers.
It is good to keep Succulents in pots as they do enjoy to be rotated from time to time so the whole plant gets to enjoy the sunshine. Sometimes, Succulents lean on one side and this might indicate they just need to be moved to a sunnier spot!
3. Useful Plants
If you are going to have plants around your new space, why not have plants that pull their weight? Could plants be the solution for some of the common problems? For instance, specific plants can be planted with a view to repel mosquitoes. It could be a better option than having to use chemicals and outdoor sprays.
The best plants for this are citronella, catnip (which is related to mint), lemongrass, peppermint, geraniums (we just love lemon-scented pelargoniums!), verbena, lavender of course and even basil and rosemary!
If you want to kill two pests with one plant, grow beautiful yet so easy-to-grow marigolds: these repel mosquitoes but also aphids and they are just a delight to look at!
Plants can also be used for culinary purpose and nothing is stopping you from growing the best collection of herbs around your gazebo. You can use them straight from the garden onto your choice of food to flavour and add extra goodness to whatever you are cooking.
Some of the easiest herbs to grow include: mint, thyme, chives, parsley, oregano, sage, dill and coriander. Growing them will save you a lot of money over buying them by the bunch at the supermarket and they will taste better for being so fresh!
Ferns are incredibly forgiving plants and can tolerate a fair amount of shade and humidity, as long as they get some sunlight at some stage during the day. It therefore stands to reason that they would make an excellent choice to adorn your gazebo. If you believe you cannot grow anything, ferns will often thrive where other plants have tried and failed so why not give them a go?
Fern can look amazing in hanging baskets, pots or planted in the ground around a gazebo. If you just pay them a little bit of attention from time to time, such as a bit of mulching and watering, they will reward with many years of lush display!
Topiary can add an elegant and traditional element to your gazebo. It can also introduce a quirky or whimsical edge to the space due to the endless options available to you: cones, cubes, balls and of course a variety of animals and other creatures. The world is your oyster but you can start small with a topiary ball.
Good plants for a topiary ball include the lillypilly but you could also consider a bay tree as long as its trunk is fairly straight to start off. For topiary options, also look at boxwood and even plants like rosemary to add a scented element to your creation. You could also train small fruit trees like mandarin or cumquat in a ball shape to adorn your gazebo.
Of course, you can buy ready-made topiary bushes at your local nursery but why not give it a go and let it reflect your personality to give a personal touch to your new outdoor space?
So, give it a go and see how to best showcase your new favourite place in your backyard!
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