- 1 Furnish your patio as an extra room, so that this place of passage becomes a convivial space. Here are all the tips from our experts to make your patio a real small garden.
Furnish your patio as an extra room, so that this place of passage becomes a convivial space. Here are all the tips from our experts to make your patio a real small garden.
Closed space with sometimes unsightly walls and missing light, the patio is a valuable space in the city or in a house. It is a pity not to exploit it. With some ideas and appropriate advice, do your patio a friendly space where neighbors meet and the family together. Directed plants, using the right materials or disposition of parts, we give you the keys to success with the help of Mathieu Eymin independent landscaper, and Gwenaëlle Guyot, landscape designer to Jardiland.
While preparing the ground for its patio
In a courtyard, patio or a city garden, the more area is small and without light, it is more difficult to arrange. "Seek landscape seems the easiest option for a mini perennial garden," recalls Mathieu Eymin. That said, we can start by taking the time to prepare the ground, looking for plants that require little light, make implementation of sketches and begin soberly. Do not try to cover the entire space, the risk of creating a sense of suffocation.
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We must divide the patio?
If in general, you should not compartmentalize frankly small spaces, you can suggest to break the monotony. Here two schools Mathieu Eymin think a certain unity to create a "picture" as an extra room from the house. For Gwenaëlle Guyot (Jardiland), it is important to play on the nuances, to compartmentalize slightly, almost imperceptibly: "The patio should keep a central point, but can be divided subjectively without creating visual barriers such by different floor coverings ".
If the patio is a good size, we can compartmentalize it with hedges, flower arrangements or shrubs to avoid lock-in effect. Remember, keep natural light remains your priority. One can also use trellises, garden furniture low to diversify and bring all corners of privacy.
Open the horizon of the patio and play with visual perceptions
The patio is a closed space, it is imperative to create leakage points to compensate for the lack of horizon. As in a house, it is not forbidden to place tubes eye or mirrors. The landscape Mathieu explains Eymin have already used a reflector, similar to those observed in supermarkets to open a window on a blind wall: "Its curved surface warps space patio while providing an opening to the sky ". The key is to draw the eye to moving sources. "The fountains create a sound atmosphere and attract the eye by the perpetual motion of the stream of water," he adds.
In addition to using the mirrors, Gwenaëlle Guyot advises to play with colors. "Use colors that give depth, for example blue on a wall or trellis and warm colors to bring the elements and create variations levels. Feel free to create small animated corner decor or furniture (small tables, chairs or benches ...). " Play with perspective by placing low walls or alternating plants of different heights.
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Bring light to the patio
Once again, the mirrors are perfect to illuminate the patio. All reflecting surfaces are your allies: fountains, basins, metal objects ... The choice of plant varieties allows to qualify the color palette. For example, use of silver foliage. At night we put on artificial lights: lanterns, floor lamps, wall height ...
It is believed to illuminate the paths for safety but also to refine the atmosphere. We do not forget the long garlands to dress some massive and bring a touch of magic.
In courtyard of a building or at the center of a home, there are always some annoying elements. Local trash or bikes, dingy walls, ducts, pipes ... Can not get rid of. Exterior paints are the fastest solution, provided you have the right of ownership or the town hall.
It can also hide behind these removable partitions, reeds or treated for outdoor screens. The best is to use trellises with climbing plants planted bamboo trays or create green walls as advise two landscape. Vertical gardens are trendy and easy to perform. The must, a dark paint to mitigate an unsightly wall, associated with foreground plants that will redraw a composition.
Treating patio floors
Before any convert, remember to treat the soil. Cover an existing slab or gravel walkway instantly dresses the patio without breaking the bank, as the lanes not Japanese. Attention Gwenaëlle Guyot said that if the patio is open air and in the ground, the selected surface to be drained (chippings, synthetic or natural grass pavers, wood deck, grating). If one is on slab, a rainwater drainage must be provided.
Isolate the noise from the patio
In town, the main concern is sound insulation, not to disturb the tranquility: "Contrary to popular belief, the only plant does not absorb noise A noise vegetated wall yes If one draws a line.. between the origin of the noise and the receiver's ears, the wall should be at least as high as that line, "Matthew tells us Eymin. Install persistent foliage plants and large dampen noise, double it with a fence for double insulation. Alternatively, treat yourself to a green wall to ask. Their thick media associated with plants are very effective.
Which plants use to the patio?
After composing your layout installed, it's time to look at the choice of plants. The patio is an area where there is plenty of shade and little wind. The landscape Jardiland invites us to choose hardy plants such as hydrangea or camellia and perennials such as ferns and hyacinths. The patio is a place of daily life in any season, it is best to use persistent plants. Oregon grape shrub and ericaceous plants are recommended.
If your patio is closed sky, Gwenaëlle Guyot offers Mediterranean or tropical plants that do not suffer from climatic disturbances. dry land plants (cacti, aloe vera, agave ...) that require little watering and do not clutter the small spaces are recommended. Arrange them according to their height.