From Tree House – to Buddha House (the second stage of our garden renovation) (Video)

We show you how to transform a tree house into an amazing mini Buddha house, adorned with bamboo screening! The before and after results of this DIY small garden makeover will blow you away, and give you lots of great landscaping ideas. Why not renovate your garden to make use of those neglected spaces!
HOW WE DID IT: The original tree house was used by our grandchildren as a fort, café and schoolhouse. Now that they’ve grown older, we decided it was time for a makeover.
We trimmed, then removed, the cardamon growing along the front, and demolished the front wall to open up the space. The half logs that had formed the front wall were cut down, and used to screen the gap that the cardamon had left.
The Buddha statue was placed on a large sandstone plinth, and bamboo screening now adorns the walls. When you look at the before and after pictures, the finished effect is stunning.

Music: “Serenity” by Aakash Gandhi (YouTube audio library)

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Clumping Bamboo

Chinese dwarf bamboo is a compact plant, which makes an excellent small privacy screen.  Growing to a height of 3 metres, it is naturally bushy right down to the ground; however, the lower leaves can be removed for a neater look.
Our bamboo needs regular pruning to keep it compact enough for our small garden.  Sometimes the door to our shed is hidden from view (see above photograph).  Deciding to resort to a brutal cut back, we shortened both clumps to a height of about 60cm. Within 2 weeks there were new shoots – some of them have grown 70cm above the cut height.  Tiny new green shoots are also appearing on the cut stems, which will take the bare look from the base of the plant.  With this amazing growth, it’s easy to see why tropical rainforests are so lush and dense.

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Tiger Grass

Tiger grass makes a good screening plant; it grows in tight clumps to form a dense hedge. Our plant – standing about 4m tall – makes a nice backdrop for the birdbath and is underplanted with Cardamom.

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Bamboo

This bamboo panel is ideal for hiding our garden shed and makes a perfect place to hang some little faces surrounded by leaves.  The lush clumping bamboo in the background masks the front of the garden shed.

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