When you think of concrete, charming isn't likely to be a word that immediately springs to mind. Concrete is best known for its strength and practicality, not its good looks, but it's becoming increasingly popular as a decorative material both inside the house and in the garden. Concrete contractors can help transform outdoor spaces in particular. If you're looking for a durable and versatile material to use to create some new hard landscaping and features in your garden, then here are two attractive and charming ideas using concrete that you might like to try.
1. A dining table with built-in succulent garden
Dining tables that are made out of cast concrete are appearing in many homes around the country. They're especially great for use in an outdoor living space because they're weatherproof and built to last. They can be made to any dimensions that you like and are a feature that adds a lot of visual impact to an outdoor area.
To give the table even more character and aesthetic appeal, you can have a recess moulded into the centre of the table. This can be filled with an array of pretty succulent plants, providing you with a colourful, low maintenance and living table centrepiece. This recess can also be filled with other items if you desire, such as seashells, ornate rocks or other decorative items.
2. Concrete planter pots
Concrete can also be cast into planter pots which can be filled with a variety of shrubs, herbs and flowering plants. These can be cast in many different shapes and sizes including rounded and square pots and single plant or long, multiple plant containers. When creating concrete planter pots, you'll need to ensure that there is a small drainage hole at the base of the pot to allow water to filter out water and keep the plants healthy.
If you'd like to add some extra colour and flair to your planter pots, consider adding a concrete colourant or shiny and colourful exposed aggregate to the concrete mix before it's cast. For a really eye catching look, you can opt for a combination of both of these elements.
These two practical and attractive ideas are only two of the many garden features that you can create using concrete. If you'd like to find out how you can add these features to your garden or get some inspiration for other projects, then contact your local concreting contractor for some expert help and advice.Share