Make Your Summer Garden Special
It is important to plan how your garden is going to look in the summer. The more effort that you put into planning the design, the more you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
You will need to consider the following:
- The general layout of the garden. This includes the borders, edging, landscaping, water features, grass areas and lawn and rockeries etc. You need to emphasise the nice parts of your garden whilst diminishing the effects of the not so good areas. Once you have decided on the framework of your garden, you can then look to the next stage, which is...
- ...The plants. Think about how you want your garden to look. You can choose from a huge range of flowers, flowering and leafy shrubs, conifers, bulbs, trees and climbers. You could even think about dedicating part of your garden to a vegetable plot - pulses such as peas and broadbeans actually add nitrogen to the soil making it naturally more fertile.
Tips for making your garden look attractive include:
- Using water features - they're are a great range of obelisks, statues, lions and maidens just waiting to add the sound of running water to your patio or lawn. Some of them are very attractive and they make great conversation pieces when you have friends over.
- Display hanging baskets and flower tubs, but remember that they should be watered daily as they tend to dry out quickly.
- Other cute little items to give your garden a special touch include wishing wells, sundials, bird tables and houses and rockeries to provide focal points for you and your visitors. A garden bench is a lovely feature that can especially be appreciated by certain older visitors.
- The careful use of garden lighting enables you to enjoy your garden even as nightfall sets it. I find the set in floor lighting (little lights that can be set into the floor of your patio or decking) particularly attractive. Solar lighting is useful adjacent to paths and stronger electric lighting is nice for the patio area - this could be provided as simply as leaving the lights on in your living room so the light cascades out into the garden.
- Paths in a garden create interest and provide the illusion of space. They also encourage little feet not to run over your plants. This includes your cat!
- A fish pond is another way of creating a living centre piece, but remember you will need to look after and feed the fish. Ponds attract wild life in general, so even if you don't stock your pond with fish, you can expect to see frogs and toads, newts plus maybe even a few ducks when your pond is full of tadpoles in the spring.
Using some of the above tipes, your garden should be a delight to both you are your guests.