Summer is here, and for many of us, nothing beats spending time in the garden when the sun is shining and the days are long. If your garden needs a little TLC, or it’s more drab than fab, here are some simple ways to spruce up your outdoor space.
Plants and flowers
Adding plants and flowers to your garden is a brilliant way to bring colour and vibrancy and create a stunning aesthetic in an instant. You can plant flowers in beds, use containers, pots and planters, decorate patios and porches with hanging baskets or potted trees or create displays with wall-mounted shelves or planting trays and trolleys. There are styles to suit every garden from rustic cottages to contemporary townhouses.
Adding a seating area
If you don’t already have a seating area in your garden, creating a zone to entertain, enjoy a drink with friends or curl up with a cup of tea and a good book is an excellent idea. You don’t need a huge amount of space and you can choose furniture and accessories to suit the vibe of your garden. There’s a vast range of options to choose from, including sofa sets, deck chairs, benches, dining tables and chairs, bean bags, hammocks and hanging chairs. Think about the size of the area, the look and feel you want to create and your budget before you start shopping.
Fencing, paving and decking
Many of us use our gardens for multiple purposes. We like to socialise, to relax, to soak up the sun and to hone our horticultural skills. If you’re eager to create a more versatile, functional space that also looks amazing, it’s a great idea to think about sectioning off zones and creating different areas using fencing supplies, hedges and different materials to form patios, pathways and decks. You can mix and match gravel, wood, concrete and bark or stick to one material. The choice is yours. New fencing and decking look smart and they can also help to enhance privacy and make your garden a safer space for children, elderly relatives and pets.
Accessories and soft furnishings
If you’re looking to transform your garden this summer, and you need a quick fix, buying new accessories is a fabulous idea. From lighting, ornaments and table centrepieces to rugs, throws, cushions and pots and planters, you can use accessories and soft furnishings to channel new trends, add colour and prints and make your outdoor space more inviting and homely. If you need inspiration, or you’re short on ideas, take a look at blogs and social media feeds and flick through garden magazines. It’s also useful to take inspiration from places you’ve visited or seen on TV.
Summer is here, and many of us are longing to get out into the garden and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re looking for simple, stress-free ways to spruce up your outdoor space, these tips and tricks will help you create a beautiful, functional garden. From adding a seating area and planters and pots to investing in accessories and new fencing and paving, you don’t have to embark upon a full-scale renovation project to make the most of the summer.