The outdoor spaces must be in close relationship with the buildings that surround them. Especially in the city, gardens and balconies have “minimal” tendencies: the plants are pruned in a formal way and those with a more essential appearance are preferred (such as ornamental grasses). To give charm and add points of interest to these environments it is enough to rely on trendy designers: plastic, steel, resin, concrete represent the growing trend at this time.
Most of the time they are in neutral colors such as white, beige, wenge, the many shades of gray. However, there is no lack of creations in bright colors, to be used in harmony or in contrast with the surrounding landscape and cultivated plants. The shapes are linear and essential. It is not uncommon for vases to become elements for their own sake or even used as a source of light.
In our country there are many houses in rustic areas: to make the most of them we recommend using traditional materials. Generally the ones that match best are terracotta, concrete and wood. In the first case we can focus on simple-style vases alternating them, perhaps in focal positions, with other more valuable ones where craftsmanship is evident. The overall picture is completed by giving a lived-in air to these objects: in particular, we do not recommend removing limescale accumulations.
The same concept applies to concrete containers (preferring those with a rounded shape): we can promote rapid “aging” by brushing them with yogurt mixed with pieces of moss. The wooden planters are ideal for many crops, but they marry beautifully with citrus fruits. They look their best when painted green or white, but they are also beautiful just soaked.
This style can be easily put into practice in the countryside as in the city and good settings can also be created on balconies and terraces. It is a question of reconstructing a vintage, Provencal or Art Nouveau style. Firstly, a white-painted metal or wooden furniture is recommended. The use of salvaged objects is imperative as containers: excellent sources of supply are cellars, attics, antique markets or brocante. The ancient galvanized basins, the barrels to be divided in half, the demijohns, old bicycles with baskets are very coveted. Wood also finds its place: ideal is bleached or in pastel colors. Hanging baskets cannot be missing: in wicker or metal, they give a romantic touch that cannot be missing.
Balconies and terraces have special needs, especially space. It becomes essential to make optimal use of the surfaces, both horizontal and vertical. It is precisely for this purpose that “vertical gardens” have become very trendy. They are available in different modularities and materials: plastic, wood, fabric. We can use them for ornamental plants, but they are also excellent for setting up an aromatic corner or even a small vegetable garden.
The balconies are also trendy: they are mostly made of plastic, but declined in a lot of bright colors in order to become, first of all, a point of attraction. They are also very practical thanks to the new and safe anchoring methods and the possibility of having large water reserves for our plants.
The reuse of materials is a rapidly growing trend and is in accordance with the aspirations of those dedicated to agriculture. Pallets have now become very coveted: with small modifications you can create beautiful vertical gardens. By disassembling them and reusing the boards, you can get planters that are also very durable.
The plastic containers can be painted or lined with stones, small branches or pieces of colored ceramic. The variously painted wooden boxes make excellent pot holders. Jute bags also work very well.