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Making The Most Of Your Back Garden

We all have those jobs and tasks around the house that we keep putting off for another day. The trouble is, when you put these jobs off, it often means that the jobs become bigger, requiring more time and effort to complete them. The garden is one such area that many people put off for as long as they can, but getting a head start on it will mean that you have an extended living area in your home when the sun comes out to shine.

Making The Most Of Your Back Garden

 

Hard Landscaping

 

The addition of flagging or decking to the outside of your home is an excellent way to extend your living area and create the perfect area for BBQ’s or gatherings. Adding this kind of feature to your home can be accomplished by someone with good DIY skills, or you may wish to use the services of a professional landscaper to do the job for you.

 

Adding Storage

 

It is important that you can keep everything organised in your home, which includes the garden. If you do not have a garage, or there is no space available, you will need to find a space to locate all of your tools that you use in the garden such as fork, spade, lawnmower and other such implements. You can find sheds like Armstrong metal buildings, and garden workshops online from many different retailers, and they are available in a variety of sizes, as well as finishes. You may even have enough room to make yourself a small man cave and give yourself a retreat where you can forget about the world for a while.

Making The Most Of Your Back Garden

 

Adding A Bit Of Colour

 

Creating the perfect environment in your garden may need the addition of some colour, and whether you have borders dug full of flowers and plants, or have planters scattered around your garden, adding colour can make the place feel much more inviting. By adding plant life to your garden, you are also making it much more appealing to wildlife, so you will be encouraging animals and insects to visit your garden, giving it a natural feel even in a built up environment.

 

Easy To Maintain

 

One of the best ways to ensure that you create a usable space in your garden that will get plenty of use is to make sure that whatever your do with your garden it is easy to maintain. How easy a job you want will all depend on how much time you have to devote to your garden, and the less green-fingered of us may also consider artificial turf to reduce the maintenance considerably.

 

Plan Ahead And Design Well

 

You may wish to transform your garden yourself, or you may use the services of a professional gardener, whatever you do make sure that you design a garden which suits you, your family, and also your lifestyle. Choose features that you like, and do not worry yourself about what the Jones have down the road. Be creative and look online at websites such as goodhousekeeping.co.uk, which have plenty of excellent tips and ideas for the perfect back garden.

 

 

 

The Essential Guide To Creating A Beautiful Garden

A beautiful garden can lift your home and also your soul. It’s a wonderful thing and a haven to enjoy. So, what are the essential parts of a garden to wow?

The Essential Guide To Creating A Beautiful Garden

1.  Adding Colour

While some individuals may find it delightful to have a garden of shrub sculptures ala Edward Scissorhands, a dash of colour can enhance the yard’s beauty to a greater extent.  Placing some bright flowers amidst the greenery can create a contrast and become a focal point in certain gardens.  Of course, the colour need not stem from typical flowers; in fact, vegetables, fruits and herbs present with a plethora of bright flowers.  Why not enjoy some purple chives, white spring onions, red pineapple sage, and yellow dill as a colourful addition to the garden (as well as an organic food alternative).  If you still are not sure about flowering plants, consider that beneficial insects are attracted to micro gardens gladly pollinating plants and removing unwanted pests.  A ‘win win’ factor for sure.

2. Grouping Plants With Similar Foliage Or Colour

The theme of a garden can play a large role in its aesthetic attractiveness and one trick to enhance theming is through a clever use of colour.  Take a moment to step back and view the colours of your plants and ask yourself, is it neat or all over the place?  Would a rearrangement of foliage improve the overall impact of the theme?  Let us say, for example, you choose to place several identically coloured flowers around a single different coloured flower in a ceramic pot.  By surrounding the single flower, one would create a frame or contrast enhancing the focal point of the centre plant.  The trick here is grouping and repetition to add a sense of balance.  By using the simple technique in the example and applying it to your garden you will be able to enhance garden beds with colourful borders.

The Essential Guide To Creating A Beautiful Garden

 3. Controlling Weeds

To ensure your garden continues to thrive it is important to take a positive approach to garden health care, especially in areas with smaller spaces such as pots or containers.  Adding mulch to the area will reduce the growth of life-sucking weeds and increase levels of plant attractiveness. Here are some more tips for weed control.

4. Adding Garden Art

While the garden itself can be a reflection of your personality, why not add some additional garden art to enhance the theme?  This can be especially effective in smaller spaces as it adds character and “oomph” living up the yard.

Choosing the correct art to use in the area can be complicated so take a moment and stand back to see what would be most effective.  If you have ceramic containers, it may be beneficial to add small ornaments or colour to the pot itself.  Backdrops can be improved by painting the surrounding walls or, if you are unable to paint external walls, attempt placing a bamboo partition or hang fabric behind the plants.  This portable art can be beneficial as both an accessory to highlight the area; as well as hiding any unsightly items.  Garden fountains can also be a great addition. They have a number of practical uses and also look great in the space – look at this beautiful wall fountains for outdoors It’s sure to enhance any garden.

5. Using Pots And Containers As Focal Points

It is commonly seen that ceramic pots or containers are used as part of decorative gardens.  Do you possibly have a pot which you deem particularly unique?  Perhaps this container holds a special plant or has a special memory?  In order to highlight the item, you can use the aforementioned decorative techniques.  Placing smaller ornaments or pots around this original item can create a sense of dominance contrasting the size.  Additionally, the pots may be of a different colour to further highlight the focus from the area and the surrounding garden.

Flowers in Yellow

6. Using Herbs And Flowers In Different Settings

Colour is important for the garden, but by adding multi-functional edible herbs and flowers you will increase the benefits of the flowering plants.  Herbs, such as curly-leafed parsley or lemon thyme will not only complement marigolds and violets but can also be used as organic food in the kitchen.

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