Nicky Roeber is the Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres. Here, he shares his top tips for refreshing your garden this spring, so it’ll become your favourite place to spend a summer’s afternoon.
The days are getting longer, and temperatures are rising, which means summer is well and truly on its way. And, once the warmer months arrive, you’ll want your garden to be somewhere you enjoy spending time with friends and family, or alone with a book. Many of us neglect our outdoor spaces over the winter months, which can result them in looking slightly tired and overgrown. So, if you want to ensure your garden will be a sanctuary you’re happy to spend time in during the summer, you should start giving it a refresh now.
Here, I’m going to share my top tips for revitalising your garden in spring. Read on to find out more.
Make any small repairs you’ve been putting off
If there are any little repairs you’ve been putting off — perhaps there are a few panels missing from your fence, or the bolt on your garden gate is broken — make it your mission to cross these off your to-do list this spring. If you’ve been ignoring them for a while, or it’s been a long time since you spent a day in your garden, these might have faded into the background. But, once you start to spend more time outdoors, you’ll soon realise that these little details can make your outside space seem quite tired. Fixing these problems will go a long way to making your outdoor space feel new and refreshed.
Add colour with flowers
If your garden currently looks quite plain, why not revive it by planting plenty of flowers in an array of beautiful colours? You don’t need to have a great deal of gardening experience to do this, either — there are plenty of low-maintenance varieties that won’t require much care once they’ve been planted in a flowerbed or container.
If you would like your plants to largely take care of themselves, here are just some of the easy-to-grow species we would recommend choosing for your garden:
By planting these around your garden, you’ll be able to ensure your outdoor space is blooming in time for summer.
Create an al fresco dining area
When the sun finally starts shining, you’ll want somewhere that you can relax with a book, eat dinner with your family, and entertain friends. So, an al fresco dining area should satisfy all of your requirements.
If you live alone or with a partner and only host small get-togethers for your nearest and dearest, a small table and 4–6 chairs should suffice. But, if you have a family or often entertain a lot of friends, a large table with sofa-style seating is likely to be more suitable. This will help to ensure there’s space for everyone.
I would also recommend using soft furnishings to make your outdoor dining area more comfortable. Having a scatter cushion on each chair and keeping a couple of blankets to hand that you can bring out when it gets cold will make a huge difference, and ensure you can use your al fresco dining area both day and night.
Add finishing touches with accessories and lighting
When it comes to giving your garden some personality, it’s all about the details. This means that dressing your outdoor space up with the likes of fairy lights and quirky ornaments can make a huge difference.
Of course, you don’t want your space to look messy, which means you should do some planning in terms of what kind of vibe and colour scheme you would like to go for. Bright and pastel colours work particularly well in spring and summer or, if you would like to go for a more classic look, gold accents will help to bring a great deal of style to your space. But, if there’s a different colour combination you’re a fan of, go for it!
If you would like to find some unique garden decorations that your friends and neighbours won’t have, make sure you browse the selection at Not On The High Street. They have everything from personalised sundials to beautiful garden mirrors, all of which will do a fantastic job of jazzing your garden up.
Consider resurfacing your patio or garden pathway
If your garden has a patio or pathway that’s beginning to look past its best, this can bring the look of your whole garden down. Arranging to have these resurfaced could make a huge difference to the look and feel of your garden so, if you can afford the investment, it’s well worth doing.
Home Logic specialise in resin bound driveways, patios, and pathways that offer excellent value for money. Not only do these look great, but they’re also 10 times eco-friendlier than their concrete counterparts. The materials they use also allow water to drain naturally through the finished surface, reducing puddles and slippage.
Now is the perfect time to refresh your garden in time for summer, and these tips will help you to do just that. If you add colour to your space with flowers, create an al fresco dining area where you can entertain, and add finishing touches that will give your garden personality, you’ll transform your outdoor space into somewhere you’re happy to spend plenty of time once the weather heats up.