Design Inspiration April 2019

Design Inspiration April 2019

Another Sneak Peek

The Ultimate Alfresco Design Inspiration April 2019 is another sneak peek from another photo shoot we recently did with one of our clients. 

We hope these designs inspire you to create your own outdoor space. 

If you live in the Albury Wodonga region and would like to discuss how to design and create a beautiful patio or pergola for your home, contact us today. 

Boost the appeal of your pergola with climbing plants

Boost the appeal of your pergola with climbing plants

If you are looking to establish a certain kind of character for your garden, consider a pergola with climbing plants.

Pergola designs range from basic, with a clean simple finish, to quite elaborate styles to impressive structures with huge chunky beams and a more solid presence.

Regardless of your preference for your pergola design, you can also enhance its appeal by simply adding climbing plants to complete the overall character you want to achieve in your garden.

How climbing plants boost the appeal of your pergola

A natural canopy

Pergola with climbing plants

Covering your pergola with climbing plants can create a natural canopy, giving the impression that nature has provided a roof above your head. Imagine enjoying lunch with family and friends – lively conversation and laughter – all sitting beneath the greenery of your beautiful pergola.

If you choose a deciduous variety, you can enjoy sunny winter days, relaxing in a comfy outdoor seat in dappled sunlight, enjoying a good book and sipping on a cup of tea (or glass of wine).

Creating colour

Pergola with colourful plants

Most climbing plants produce colourful flowers that, when they bloom, create a spectacular vision of colour. Is there anything lovelier than a pergola covered with beautiful flowers with their intoxicating perfume wafting through a gentle breeze?

Choices

There are so many options available when choosing a climbing plant for your pergola. And that means the character of your garden and pergola design is entirely up to you.

Here are four of our favourite climbing plants:

Wisteria

We are all familiar with this one, as it is a very popular climbing plant, used on pergolas all the time. Being a deciduous plant, you have the benefit of sunshine in Winter. And a spectacular canopy and fragrance when it blooms.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is beautifully fragrant with more than 18 different species and a range of colours. It is hard to go past as a climbing plant.

Bougainvillaea

Bougainvillaea is easy to grow and has over 300 varieties. Also with a variety of colours, it is a natural choice for a climbing plant for your pergola.

Passionfruit

Not only does Passionfruit have beautiful flowers, it also provides you with delicious fruit.

If you need help creating your dream pergola, feel free to contact our Alfresco Specialist, Letitia Awdjew.

Design Inspiration March 2019

Design Inspiration March 2019

Sneak Peek

The Ultimate Alfresco Design Inspiration March 2019 is a sneak peek from a photo shoot we recently did with one of our clients. 

We hope these designs inspire you to create your own outdoor space. 

 

Do you need help designing your alfresco?  

If you live in the Albury Wodonga region and would like to discuss how to design and create a beautiful patio or pergola for your home, contact us today. 

Project of the Month March 2019

Project of the Month March 2019

Before

Our client had an existing under roof alfresco which was too small for their needs. They wanted to expand their space and be able to use it all year around. 

 

After

We extended their area seamlessly by using insulated panels to keep their space as comfortable as possible.

The new alfresco was finished off with a fireplace with a slat screen and blinds to keep in the warmth in Winter and the weather and bugs out in Summer.

By also continuing the tiling between the two areas the space not only look integrated but much larger as a result.

Our client could not be happier with the result.

To discuss your patio, pergola or outdoor living area design options, contact Ultimate Alfresco today.

Best patio plants

Best patio plants

If you’re looking to add that extra impact to your alfresco area, then patio plants are the ideal go to.

Patio plants can add a whole other dimension to your outdoor space. They can be layered using various heights to fill space or draw your eye to a particular area in your patio. Or, they can create an oasis for you to sit and relax in. And, they can also create a frame to feature a certain area of your alfresco. There are many options to using your patio plants to create impact. 

So, what are the best patio plants to use?

Here are four patio plants that we have seen used really effectively.

Ficus

Ficus are one of the best patio plants out there. They are really well suited to life under a patio or an outdoor room. Ficus are available in a variety of names and are quite hardy. And, they are green all year round and have some stunning leaf colouring.

Patio Ficus

Ferns

Ferns are another great patio plant and they come in a huge range of varieties. You can mix and match them to create an area of textural impact. Or choose all the same variety and create a beautiful plump green space full of foliage that has a real wow factor. They are also evergreen, so you have colour all year round.

Patio ferns

The humble pineapple

A pineapple is a great plant for your patio as they will grow just about anywhere. They are ridiculously easy to grow and don’t take much care. They have a long thin leaf and will grow in very shallow pots because the pineapple itself grows above the plant. When they start to fruit the flower is spectacular. And you get to see the fruit take shape right before your eyes.

However, pineapples only fruit once in their lifetime before they begin to die.  The good news is that they do the produce baby plants from the crown. These baby plants can issue their own fruit.

Patio pineapple

Bromeliad

Bromeliads are a beautifully exotic looking plant, with a gorgeous flower. As a patio plant, bromeliads have a visually stunning impact.  They are relatively easy to look after. Like the pineapple, if you harvest the ‘pups’ (small growths produced by the original plant) and place them in pots you don’t have to worry about purchasing new plants when your original Bromeliads start to die off.

Patio Bromeliad

More information about why adding plants to your alfresco is beneficial is shared in Four tips to freshen up your alfresco.

If you need help creating your dream alfresco, feel free to contact our Alfresco Specialist, Letitia Awdjew.