House Management: Landscaping the 'Baguio City' Way
By Michael Sta. Ana
Last time, we have talked about how your ideal house should look like (you can link to the underlined words my past article about how should an ideal house be like) and somehow making sure that your house can withstand the threats of natural phenomenon (please link the article: The Three Important Tips You Should Never Forget During the Rainy Season) that commonly occurs around your locality.
Last time too, we also focused mostly about improving your interior design (please link the article in your website about how to make your house looks bigger), specifically, how to make your house looks bigger. Now, would you think it's already the right time to manage your exteriors? No, I'm not talking about repainting here or rearranging here. This time, we will be designing.
Okay, let me 'nail' this thing directly to you. In this article, we'll be focusing on a landscape design that could really suit the climate...more importantly, the Baguio City climate.
The climate in Baguio City oftentimes is extremely cold and a little bit warm during the summer. Dew droplets on plants usually form nicely in the morning giving all vegetations a distinct glow once the sunshine strikes. Thus, the weather or climate here in Baguio seems to be the most desirable, even for plants.
Let's say, you just bought your new house in Baguio City. The fun part of this is, of course, personalizing all corners and sides of your house. And of couse, you might want to start designing your garden.
And now here are some tips that you might want to consider before you start gardening:
1. Choose your plants
Like what I have mentioned before, planting and gardening around Baguio City have never been that hard. But, the only difficult part is, choosing what to plant. You don't like to see a garden that's not well-managed and organized, for sure!
Flower-bearing plants are the best. Varieties of roses, mansanillas and daisies are some of the good choices. If your house is surrounded by trees, plant them around those trees, or on shady areas. You'll love them for sure specially when they all bloom during the 'Ber' months or during the summertime.
However, if you are not a fan of flower-bearing plants, you might want to try growing some cactuses. Small cactuses on pots will surely an eye-catcher while it stir a homey feel.
Of course, palm trees is a no-no here. Choose ferns and some shrubs with a strong and sturdy stem and branches. Bonsai too, can be an awesome collection. And, you might also want to plant some sunflowers, since these plants can easily grow on some rocky cliffs and on the mountain sides.
2. Examine Your Soil
Mostly, houses in Baguio City has a rocky foundation or it can be standing on top of a hill with a more porous or permeable type of soil. If this is the case, you might need to think about some plants that could easily hold on to rocks or stones.
Since houses in this area are also prone to landslides specially during rainy days, cultivating more plants around and within these areas with loose soil could decreases its porousity; thus, decreasing the threat of soil erosion.
Like a lady who is wearing a cocktail dress alone--without any jewelry at all--during a gala night, you would feel that your garden is incomplete without some woody and rocky accessories.
If your house was built near the mountain sides, make use of large rocks or stones that you can easily find around your area. Flattened rocks can also be used to pave and beautify your pathways.
Driftwoods and antique furnitures like chairs and tables can also improve the ambience of your garden. Consider putting in some dim lights too. Its lovely effect would surely calm your mood as you sit and rest by your garden by the end of the day.
Baguio City is just one of the great places here in the Philippines with a lovely and desirable cold climate. That's why if you own a house here, it's going to be an irreplaceable, priceless treasure. And if by chance you are able to put up a beautiful garden around that house, then that's the best consolation prize!
By the way, the Real Estate Baguio has been helping out people to achieve their dream house over the years. If you think you love Baguio City and want to build all your dreams here, then owning a house could be the first step. If you think you don't know how should you start, then Real Estate Baguio will show you the first steps.