How do I improve my garden this summer?
With the longer days and warmer weather we are all itching to get out into the garden to tidy it up and give it a makeover. Here are a few tips to make your garden look like a show home garden that doesnâ€™t cost a fortune.
You can mow the lawn, put down a few bedding plants, jet wash the patio and plant some pots to tidy it up but if you want that WOW look that makes peopleâ€™s jaw drop try a few or all of the following tips.
Vibrant colours whether in pots or borders create a focal point. Bright reds, yellows and purple work well and draw the eye to areas that may be otherwise overlooked. There are such a variety of beautiful plants available at this time of year that you will be spoiled for choice at local garden centres.
If colour isnâ€™t your thing you can use shape to enhance and bring life to your garden. Using shaped box plants in modern, stainless steel pots can create really interesting shapes and patterns in the garden giving it a contemporary look and feel. The harshness of the stainless steel with the round shapes of the box plants really complements each other.
Nothing awakens the senses more than the sweet smell of Jasmine and lavender. Plant these close to your seating areas or your back door and you will be surrounded by the aroma every time you step outside.
Evergreen shrubs give you structure and framework to your garden all year round. Clever planting can add depth and seasonal colour with new buds, flowers and berries at various times of year. Pergolas are great for covering seating and eating areas to protect them from the harsh mid-day sun. They can break up the garden and create different zones.
Trees can add shade and drama to a garden. The beautiful magnolia tree is at its best in the spring but the shape is beautiful all year round. Small fruit trees are good to break up large spaces, add colour and shade through the summer months and fruit with its colour and texture in the autumn.
Fake or real? That is the question. Good Astro turf can look good but nothing can compare to a well-kept, beautifully cut lawn. Now is the time to start feeding your lawn, giving it regular cuts and aerating it. There are lots of local companies who can come and give your grass a makeover and get it in tip top condition before the summer gets here.
Small or large doesnâ€™t matter just make sure it is clean. Jet wash or scrub your patio and place your furniture in seating and dining areas. Make sure your furniture complements your garden and add cushions and coloured crockery for colour and softness. Wrought iron furniture goes well in a country style garden whilst more modern styles look great in a minimalistic garden with slate and green tones rather than full colour.