Colonise your garden all year long
The heatwave has made the difference between staring out at and getting into our gardens. With pods, ponds and yurts, we can get the best from our domestic outdoors
It’s an idea that she first mooted at the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show and reprised at Bloom in 2007 where she’s pictured (right) wearing a very becoming swim hat. She’s just finished a commission in a Co Wexford property. Natural planting acts as a filtration system and attracts pond life which results in cleaner and clearer water. In terms of operational costs, the natural pool is cheaper than traditional pools and requires less maintenance. It also offers an aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden.
Only big garden owners need apply – the minimum water area is 60sq m . Prices to bathe au natural are from €30,000 upwards.
Four fun ways to liven up your outdoors
Bring a little Bablyon into your backyard with a hammock to hang out in. Try this fringed berth, €65 (Carolyn Donnelly’s Eclectic collection for Dunnes Stores) The addition of geo weave cushions (€35 each), cowhide rug (€200), side table (€120), tribal baskets (from €5 each), a bird house (from €12) and a hanging ball (from €3) all enhance the outdoor room feel. dunnesstores.com
Add a sense of the exotic to your exterior with inflatable animals. Create a menagerie of living and extinct species from African plains herbivores like giraffes (€59.95) and zebras(€24.95) to Jurassic-period dinosaurs such as the stegosaurus (€26.95), triceratops (€29.95) and T- rex, (€26.95). miramira.ie
Break out the bunting and create an instant holiday mood as per this image featuring an American lounge chair, about €29, from Dobbies Garden Centre in Lisburn. Three metres of paper bunting costs €7.50 from Waterford-based thefavourshop.ie. You can also make your own by watching easy-to-follow YouTube tutorials.
Art for park’s sake
The popularity of the art tunnel, a public space in Smithfield that holds public exhibitions, demonstrates our appetite for art in an outdoor setting. In a home setting, the front garden of Sandymount-based Les Wannick, owner of the Copper Gallery, features found pieces of metal, wood and machinery to create a mini sculpture park.
Sculptor John Coll’s work (johncollsculpture.com) featured at Electric Picnic’s Body and Soul area last year. Recent private commissions include a kinetic piece and a water feature. Prices from €3,000.