If you want an environmentally friendly garden that does as much good for the planet as it does for your property value, it isn't quite as simple as letting nature take its course. However, there are some design features you can incorporate into your garden that will create a beautiful outdoor living space, and take care of the environment at the same time. Here's where to start.
A swimming pool in your garden is the ultimate outdoor accessory, but think twice before you install a bright-blue chlorinated one. Instead, there are some natural swimming pool alternatives that are just as pleasant to swim in, once you're used to the idea of sharing the space with plants and creatures.
Thanks to the natural filtration provided by some carefully chosen flora and fauna, and the right sort of depth, positioning and shape, you can have a pool that's perfectly healthy to swim in yet comes without the addition of chemicals that can be damaging to the environment. And with wild swimming enjoying popularity at the moment, what could be more on trend than having a natural swimming pool in your own garden?
Pesticides are famously bad for the environment, but they're all too common when it comes to creating gorgeous gardens. Luckily, there are plenty of natural alternatives for environmentally friendly gardening: for example, you can make use of natural pest deterrents by planting your vegetables close to plants like chives, echinacea, basil and garlic, all of which help keep pests at bay.
And rather than using synthetic fertiliser to help your garden grow, you should stick to natural options that are better for the environment and don't contaminate the soil like their artificial counterparts.
Keeping your eco-friendly garden hydrated is one of the main areas where you can choose to be greener than green – and all by using 'grey water'. Grey water is the term given to the used water from our sinks, baths and showers, and which which can be repurposed as part of an environmentally friendly gardening ethos.
With a grey water diverter, easy to find at good garden centres, you can collect and reuse this otherwise wasted water, just as long as it doesn't contain harmful chemicals like bleach that could damage your plants.
In many parts of the world, the weather might not be warm enough year-round to successfully grow everything we want to grow, so many of us turn to electricity to power the heating and lighting systems in greenhouses and conservatories to keep our plants healthy.
This is where solar power – a secret weapon of the environmentally friendly gardening movement – comes in. However, not only can you heat your greenhouse with solar panels, you can also make your garden beautiful with solar-powered garden lights and other accessories to extend your enjoyment of your outdoor space.
With the right attention to detail, you can have a modern garden that works as well for you as for the environment. The key is to consider where your energy, materials, water and other resources are coming from, and choose a local, natural and renewable option wherever you can.