During this blog I will explore Spring Gardening tips which will get your garden looking blooming gorgeous with a few simple steps.
Refresh your garden
This is always your first step after the Winter months as Winter will always have taken it’s toll on your outdoor space. If you have decking, a patio or path always give them a good clean. This is best using a pressure washer but if your budget doesn’t stretch to this there are plenty of cleaning fluids that help to lift the winter dirt too.
Trim, maintain and reflect
This is when you look at your current garden and do what is necessary to keep them going. After the winter months, I remove any dead leaves, cut bushes back for new growth, look at what worked well and then change the garden plants after reflecting if needed. Make sure you continue to dead head flowers through spring and summer to continue gorgeous growth.
If you already have plants that are well established and are returning this year it is always worth investing in the correct plant food. Particularly for hydrangeas, roses and plants such as camellias. If your garden lawn look well make sure you give it plenty of feed in spring to help it maintain it’s luscious looks.
Look at your garden and reflect on how it worked last year. Try and make sure you have a balance – Does it have somewhere that you can enjoy sitting outside? Have your children got a space to play? Where are you going to grow plants – pots, raised beds or borders? It doesn’t matter what size your garden is you can still make it a space to relax and unwind.
Plan and seed
You want to aim to have a mixture of plants growing through the seasons – whether you achieve this through changing your pots every season or putting a mixture of plants in your borders. One of my favourite plants in our garden is our hydrangeas, they give such huge flower heads which remain through Summer into Autumn and then once you dry them you can enjoy them inside through the Winter months. My top garden flowers are Clematis, Camellia, Hydrangea, Peony, Lupin, Roses, Gladioli, Allium, Magnolia and Wisteria.
So important, as this goes back to zoning. Putting the right seating in an area can really transform a garden space. Let me share a picture of before (picture from before we moved in) and after in our garden. This corner of our garden was the sunniest spot, yet it looked so unloved. By putting, an arbour seat into the space we made a feature of this corner. There are so many to choose from a bench, loungers, corner sofa, arbours and dining sets – make sure they are practical in the space and fulfil your brief as best as it can.
Using colour in your garden will really help make a statement and help to reflect your style. My home is full of pastel shades, therefore this is reflected in my outdoor furniture. I find Cuprinol and Frenchic Alfresco Paint great for transforming your outdoor space.
I can’t stress enough the satisfaction of growing your own food. Whether you just try growing some herbs in pots for the first time or you want to try growing your own veg patch. There really is nothing better than eating something that you have grown from scratch. My top tip for growing fruit and veg for the first time would be at least start with a seedling or plant as grown fruit and vegeatbles from seeds can be quite time consuming with low yields from failed attempts. But maybe that’s just me?
Lighting is really important and these days it is very easy achieve with the beauty of solar lights. Do purchase a range of lights to create atmosphere and mood. We have a range of lights in our garden from festoon, fairy and lanterns some with different effects. The lights also help to zone the different parts of your garden.
This is the most important part of all, look at your garden and think if it reflects your style. By a few extra touches, you can see add in your personality. These items are extra styling pieces such as cushions, outdoor rugs, ornaments, water features, mirrors and decorative stones.
I hope you have found these Spring Garden Styling Tips useful. Keep your eyes peeled on my instagram over the summer months for regularly updates on my garden space.