Having a lovely-looking and functional outdoor space in which to relax and unwind is so important for many people. Continue reading for our top tips to help you revamp your garden to allow it to become the space you desire.
Choosing a range of plants to ensure there will be some colour even during the winter months is vital. We recommend a selection of herbs and some fuchsias, which will flower year after year and add a pop of colour to any garden. Daffodils and snowdrops can evoke childhood memories and look glorious in early spring. Plant sunflowers ready for summer and encourage your children to take responsibility for them, making it into a competition. Don’t forget that plants need not solely be aesthetically pleasing. You could create your own herb garden, choosing items that you could use within your kitchen. A vegetable patch is always a great option if you have plenty of time to dedicate to it. Potatoes should only be grown in the same area once every other year, but other vegetables can be planted year after year.
Added extras really can make all the difference to the overall impact a garden can have. A mounted wall clock can look stunning and also be incredibly useful. We’ve all been there: sunning ourselves in the garden with no clue as to the time. You can even buy ones which have integrated thermometers. Top outdoor water features could bring a touch of class to your outdoor space. Birdbaths and houses can also look great if you can find one to fit the overall theme of your garden. They can provide the perfect pop of colour all year round.
If your lawn has seen better days, you may wish to consider relaying either turf or growing again from seed. If there are only small patches which require some TLC, focusing seed on those areas might be your best option. However, if the majority has seen better days, a complete re-turf will solve the problem. Don’t forget to follow the directions for keeping your lawn looking luscious in the months following.
A patio area is ideal if you love to invite people over and host barbecues. Without a patio area, it can be difficult finding the right space in which to do it. Ensure the paving slabs are laid flat (always use a spirit level to ensure accuracy!) and the exact same gap between each one. Don’t forget to invest in some hardwearing garden furniture to ensure this area is perfect for socialising. Investing in a decent standard of barbecue is also vital. Personally, we feel you can’t beat the flavour of charcoal-cooked food and recommend a large traditional one. However, gas ones are becoming more and more popular for ease of use. Some people even create their own bar area, which can look fantastic. Consider a chiminea too. When the temperature drops on an evening, the heat from one can really improve the environment allowing you to stay outside later and stare at the starry sky.