Slowly but surely, we’re finally seeing the characteristics of spring creeping in. Although the weather has been absolutely disastrous until now, we can, at last, get stuck into the preparations to enjoying our garden for the next few months- or at least try to.
We share some simple but effective tips to transforming your garden into a more social space that reflects a personal extension of yourself.
Transform your outhouses into functional spaces
Sheds and summerhouses are usually regarded as dumping grounds for garden tools or furniture from years gone by. Although not causing any problem really, there are ways in which we can take full advantage of this extra space, here some ideas on what you can do:
If you find your man child or even children getting under your feet a little too often, transforming your garden shed into a gaming room will not only give you the peace and quiet you long for but the young’uns will also be excited by a change of scenery.
If you don’t have power inside, there may be the possibility of using an outdoor specific extension cable that you can run from the house.
Perfect for summer soirées, a cocktail station will make for an interesting garden feature and certainly a talking point at parties. Learn some cocktail making skills and ensure you’ve got all the right kit- you could even have themed garden events like Hawaiian Luau or even host your own cocktail making party.
If you’re outhouse has an overhead shelter, this will still be functional on the more miserable summers’ days, except, with your treats inside, it’ll be far from miserable!
If not cocktails or caves, turning your shed or summerhouse into a hobby nook could be just what you need. It could be a reading zone with plenty of books, cushions/blankets and endless cups of tea or a crafting post to let your creative juices flow. Whatever it may be, a fresh lick of paint, some pictures, bunting and furnishings can really add those homey touches to your outhouses.
Decorating your fence panels
Often we regard our fence panels as the boundaries to our property- they simply get painted and left until they’re in need of a spruce or replacement. But we can do so much more with them.
Use Gorilla glue to stick decorative tiles to fence panels to add colour and patterns to your garden area. Don’t cover them like you would a bathroom or kitchen but use them sporadically. We particularly love the Moroccan style tiles for bringing life into the garden.
If you’re a bit of an artist why not add some artwork to it- could be of a landscape, particular moment or mood but we’re sure this will be striking in your garden. Alternatively, why not let the children have at it- as it’s something to be sitting there for quite some time, perhaps get them to sketch an idea out first to make sure you’re happy with what is going up there. It’s something the whole family can get involved with.
Vertical gardens are still very popular this year, hang some foliage or flowers from baskets attached to the fence panels; it’s easier than you think and will make for an interesting and alternative setting for your favourite plants.
Lighting the way
Lighting in your garden will allow you to enjoy your garden space for longer for the next few seasons.
Hanging/festoon lights are still massively popular this year- we recommend linking them from buildings/structures to trees/shrubs. Several of these will help your garden to look cosy and welcoming long after dark.
Lanterns are also a great addition and surprisingly offer a lot of extra light. Perfect to add extra lighting to your garden table and highlight entry/exits
If you’re looking for a little illumination around your borders and plants, we can’t fault solar stake lighting. With a variety of styles, you’re sure to find something suitable to your gardens theme or style.
Fire pits & getting cosy
If you like to be out in the garden for as late as possible, a fire pit, cosy blankets and pillows are a must, especially if you’re hoping to catch the perseid meteor shower.
Fire pits are often an afterthought when it comes to planning the layout of our gardens but actually it could be one of the focal points, particularly if you have furniture that is more in the lounging than dining. Patios, away from shrubs, trees and fence panels are the best places for fire pits; if square, build one or plant one in the centre of the patio, if round have it sit on the outskirts with the furniture facing it.
Here are some of our favourite fire pits, lounging furniture and pillows/throws for make for a cosy garden environment:
Aid in conservation
The bees and butterflies are still in danger so it’s only right, as we’re pretty dependent on them, to consider them in any garden update.
To help encourage these precious insects into our gardens, the following installs can make all the difference:
- Flowers such as lavender, jasmine, thyme and marjoram are a favourite amongst the buzzing bees and pretty butterflies
- Bug hotels allow these insects a safe space to store their forage whilst they go about their business.
- Avoid harmful chemicals when dealing with pests or weeds- these will actually kill our friends. There are alternative ways to dealing with irritants.