With the ever-increasing price of property in Australia, renting a home is the only affordable housing option for many people. While not ideal for some people, renting is not without its benefits. It gives you flexibility in where you live, and often you can live in a better area or suburb than you could afford to buy a home in.
One of the downsides to renting is the inability to make changes, both inside and in the garden. If you're an avid gardener, it may be frustrating to not be able to add more greenery to the garden of your rental home. However, it is possible to make non-permanent additions to a rental property garden that will let you indulge your green fingers. Here are three garden ideas for rental properties that you might like to consider.
1. Add trees in pots
Many rental properties are lacking considerably when it comes to trees, particularly in urban areas or newly built homes. This can leave a garden looking a little bland, featureless and one dimensional. You can combat these issues by adding some trees in large planter pots. The best place to get them is from a wholesale tree nursery, where you can get reasonably mature and substantial trees at an affordable price.
2. Add a vertical garden
Vertical gardens are an increasingly popular phenomenon in gardens across the country. As the name suggests, they allow you to plant vertically on a special frame that has purpose-made pots that are suspended from the frame. They're great if you're pushed for space in your rental property but still want to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers. Opt for a vertical garden that is freestanding and self-supporting so you won't mark any walls or posts.
3. Add a succulent table centrepiece
Another way to indulge your love of plants in a rental property garden is to create a table centrepiece made from a selection of succulents. Opt for a large, shallow pot in either simple terracotta or a more decorative glazed ceramic. Succulents are readily available from any gardening outlet, and there are numerous varieties available to choose from. They make a beautiful, sculptural and easy-to-maintain living feature which will give your outdoor dining table some life.
These gardening ideas for rental properties are a great alternative when you can't make permanent changes in your garden. They also mean that when it's time to move, you can transport your movable garden with you to brighten and adorn your next home as well.