Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly green fingered. I’m new to gardening and I’m still taking my time to learn how to do things right. However, although I may not be entering the Chelsea Flower Show any time soon, I do love spending time outside at every opportune moment, and with the recent heatwave sweeping the UK I decided to try my hand at sprucing up our garden.
In this post I certainly won’t be telling you how to perfect your peonies and grow spectacular sunflowers, but I can give you a few tips on making your outside space a welcoming haven to sip a cup of tea or entertain your guests.
Why have a beautiful garden if you can’t sit and enjoy it? An outdoor dining set is lovely for eating dinner or entertaining friends on a summer’s evening, but even a simple bench or chair placed in your favourite spot provides a perfect place to press the pause button and enjoy the outdoors.
Get that garden clutter out of sight with a bit of storage. Sheds are an obvious place hide away less than pretty garden essentials, but if you’re tight on space then why not go for multi-purpose items, like a wooden chest that can double as a bench?
So, I’ve talked about the functionalities of garden furniture and storage, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t look great too! On the inside my shed is home to an unexciting array of garden tools and scrap DIY materials, but on the outside it looks like a rustic beach house (well, I like to think so).
Hardware shops stock outdoor paint for wood in all kinds of colours to suit your taste, and not only will a coat of paint make a feature of mundane items, it will also help them to last longer. Win win!
I love my outdoor lighting because it enables me to enjoy my garden in the evenings as well as during the day.
A simple, functional outdoor lamp is great for lighting up your space while you re-pot those plants you forgot about earlier in the day, or you could opt for some festoon lights or lanterns to give your garden a whimsical and warm feel while you host a dinner party or do a spot of stargazing.
You can choose from real candles, battery powered candles, and outdoor and solar powered lights depending on what suits you.
I know. I’ve said it, that dreaded word!
Seriously though, don’t underestimate the power of getting rid of those weeds. Make it a regular task to just pop outside every other evening with a nice cold drink and nip those pesky weeds in the bud. It makes all the difference to how your outdoor space looks and it can actually be quite therapeutic. Honestly!
Let me know if this has inspired you to give your garden some love, and get in touch if you’ve got some suggestions for mine!