When we’re young, and we think about the house that we might one day live it, it’s usually got a long and flowing garden. Filled with gorgeous green grass, pretty flowers, and luscious growing fruits. It’s packed with gentle aromas, soothing sounds, and things that we find relaxing. It’s a space where we will be able to relax and unwind with a glass of wine at the end of a hard day, but also where we will throw the most beautiful summer parties and BBQ’s. Our perfect gardens are relaxing, social, and fun. But, in these wild dreams that we had, we never imagined the work that would go into them. Nor did we consider the idea that our home might one day have nothing but a small decking or patio, or that the previous occupant might have left it overgrown, full of weeds and about as far from a garden paradise as it could ever be.
Unfortunately, few of us are lucky enough to move into a house with the perfect garden included. Even if it is in relatively good condition, being uncared for, for a few months can mean that it needs a lot of TLC, and even then, it might not have everything that you imagined, our tastes are vastly different, after all.
With summer on its way, your dreams of a garden paradise might be fresh in your mind. You might be keen to start making some changes so that you can enjoy your outdoor space this summer. Here are some tips to help you.
Define Your Paradise
Your paradise won’t be mine, nor will it be your next door neighbours. Before trying to create your own paradise, you need to define what that is. Ask yourself if you want a big lawn? Do you want to be able to cook outdoors? Do you imagine children playing in your garden? Will you sit out there to work? Or to read? Are you a sunbather? Do you want to be hands-on, tending to your garden in your spare time? Have you always wanted a large pond, or to grow your own vegetables? Do you prefer pretty flowers? Or tall green grasses and shrubs?
You don’t need to know these things 100%, one of the great things about your garden is that you can incorporate different things, and nothing has to match. But, having a vague idea of what you want, and perhaps making some sketches is an excellent way to start.
Work with Your Space
It’s also vital that you consider the space that’s available to you. If you’ve only got a small garden, you won’t want a large pond or giant crop growing area. But, you might want shorter fences to extend your view and make the garden look bigger. You won’t want overpowering flowers and smells but might want to make the most of height by adding baskets and boxes to the side of your house. Look at your space, and even make a floor plan of your garden, before you make any decisions on what you are doing with it.
Make Sure It’s Easy to Maintain
Most of us have busy lifestyles, so even if you like to garden and get involved with growing flowers and plants, you might want to keep the rest of your garden as easy to maintain as possible. Consider replacing the lawn with artificial grass from www.newlawn.co.uk and make sure any paint and varnish that you use are long lasting and weatherproof. You might also want to stick to perennial plants that come back every year, to save time and money in the future.
Most of us don’t just want one thing from our gardens. Your priority might be having a beautiful and soothing space to relax. But, if you also want to eat outside, do you want a big BBQ and dining area interrupting this space?
Section things off instead, much like you would in an open plan home. Have a dining area, a relaxation quarter, an area to grow and plant and somewhere that you can work or practice your hobbies. Separate them with different colours and textures, but also with large pieces or furniture or even small walls and fencing.
Don’t Forget Seating
One thing most of these areas will need is seating, so don’t neglect it. Don’t just invest in a table and chairs and think that you can move the chair to where you need it. Give yourself options. You’ll want upright dining chairs, but you might also want to add loungers and other comfortable options like hammocks or outdoor bean bags.
Consider a Water Feature
A water feature can be an incredible addition. It can help you to relax and soothe your stressed out mind, but it can also help you to attract wildlife and insects and even increase the value of your home. In a large garden, you could add a decorative pond, or even keep fish. In a smaller space, you might want to stick to a smaller feature or fountain with a steady trickle of calming water.
Add Some Colour
If there is one thing that every garden needs, it’s colour, you might want to stick to a colour scheme, or you might prefer a wilder look, with all different colours and styles. Try to add colour not just with flowers, but also with bright planters, furniture, and decorations.
Have you ever noticed that most people’s garden fences are brown or reddish brown? Some people push the boat out and opt for a dark green. But that’s about it. In 90% of homes in your area, fences, sheds, and other areas will be one of these colours. People stick to what feels safe, and what they know, and these are colours that work well with a blue sky and a green lawn.
Why not break free from tradition? Light blue can be eye-catching and make a smaller garden look more substantial. Slate grey can be sophisticated and trendy, and a fantastic backdrop for bold flowers and coloured furniture. There might be things that most people do, but there are no rules. Be brave, try new things, and your garden will be unique.