If you are passionate about gardening and taking care of your garden decor, lack of sunlight need not prevent you from turning your basement entrance into a colorful garden as well. All you have to do is use the available space for shade-loving pot plants or hardy climbers. When we talk about beautiful plants, comfortable wooden benches, vibrant flowers and different accessories, we usually assume we are also talking about our outdoor garden decor. But that should not always be the case. Let us have a look at how you can create a most beautiful garden in your basement.
Most of us have, at some time, looked down on a small basement as we walked along a city street to see a garden overflowing with foliage and flowers. Proof enough that with the right plants even a dark, shady corner can become a bright splash of color ready to incorporate all sort of garden decorations. The basement floor will most probably have a very shady position, an ideal area to grow shade-tolerant evergreens with interesting foliage that will form a verdant background all year round.
Small conifers or Box in tubs could be trimmed as topiary to provide interesting shapes. Include some flowering shrubs too, like early spring-flowering Camellia and later, sweetly-scented Mexican Orange with its dainty white flowers. Many Hydrangeas will put up with shade and reward you with large heads of pink, white, blue or wine-red flowers later in summer. If you are looking to create a cheap garden decor you should definitely consider growing these particular flowers and plants, as they are really inexpensive and very easy to find on any garden center around your area.
You should also use the walls that surround your basement to great advantage. Plants here will receive more light and may even see the sun. Paint the walls white to help reflect any available light. You could even display an imaginary view by painting an arch or doorway on the wall, training climbers on vine-eyes around it and then painting in a distant view through the open “door”. A mirror, strategically placed, can also add light. This is how you start to create your own garden decor on the front side of the house when light is poor. There are always plenty of choices without having to worry about the lack of sun.
Climbers are a first choice for walls. Many of these enjoy having their roots in shade and their heads in the sun and so will grow well in large containers on the basement floor. Mix flowering climbers like Clematis and Roses to give that garden decor feel to the main entrance. Consider growing evergreens like Ivy and Honeysuckle. These will help to cover the walls in winter.
There are many things that you already use for your outdoor garden decor that can also be applied to your basement entrance. Include rocks and pebbles in interesting shapes or colors and pieces of gnarled wood. A stone statue would add elegance – or you could even line gnomes up the step sides. Whatever your garden decor preference, there are always plenty of options for you to choose from even with lack of sunlight.
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