Whether you’re new to gardening or just simply don’t have the time to come up with fussy designs, there are some quick and easy ways you can spruce up your garden this summer.
Breaking up the space in your garden with different borders and boundaries is a simple but effective way of adding interest and creating clever design. If you don’t like the look of your fences, take a look at our range but if you just want to disguise them for now, use something like hazel hurdles or bamboo screening to cover them up. The contemporary looking of these screening options will instantly lift your garden and turn it from drab to fab.
Railway sleepers are another effective way of adding lines and borders to your garden. You can line walls, plant beds and edge pathways with sleepers and there is a huge variety to choose from, including softwood, oak, rustic and mini. When choosing your borders, think carefully about what materials to choose. Light coloured peeled reed screening and oak sleepers marry nicely for instance as they both have a contemporary look. Considering these small details will make a huge difference to your overall design.
If you’re big on entertaining or sitting out in the garden for summertime BBQs and dining, you’re going to want to invest in some garden furniture. Keep it simple and think about what you really need and how many people you are accommodating.
Adding a table and chairs is a good place to start but have a think about more interesting furniture such as arbours to sit on and wooden arches and pergolas to add height and structural interest to your garden. Wooden structures like these can be positioned over your dining area and can be useful for hanging decorative plants and lanterns.
One of the most important aspects of a well-designed garden is incorporating nature in any shape or form. The best part is that plants will do half of the work for you themselves!
Texture and colour will really revitalise your garden if it is looking a little dull. August is the perfect time to plant colchicums as they will flower in autumn. Lilies can now also be planted and it is a great time to start sowing biennial seeds. Spinach, lettuces, beetroot and carrots can now also be sown at this time of year. With such a wide variety of plants to choose from, you can play around with colour combinations and height differences.
We stock some handy raised vegetable beds in a range of sizes, perfect for growing your fruits, vegetables and herbs. Trellis is also a sophisticated way of displaying your carefully chosen plants and flowers.
Keep your garden practical but attractive by incorporating decking into your design. Your garden furniture will have a nice place to sit and you’ll be able to easily create a new and interesting area within your overall space. Again, think about the materials and colours to choose, and add texture by opting for grooved decking boards.
If you fancy picking up a few more tips on how to get your garden glowing, you have one last chance to enter our competition to win tickets to the RHS Wisley Flower Show in Woking, Surrey. Closing date is today at 3pm so hurry!