Chances are, if you’ve bought your own home, the garden was one of the main reasons you purchased it. Having an outdoor space is a huge bonus to family living. But since you moved in, have you spent much time in it? If not, the reason may be that it’s not looking its best.
If your garden is looking a bit boring or flat, perhaps it’s time to invigorate it with a fresh makeover. So, if you’re looking to energize your garden for the springtime, here’s how you could do it.
Creating zones in your garden is a great way to add some interest and vibrancy, rather than having just one flat expanse. Perhaps a decked area for dining, a kid’s lawned play area and a secluded quiet zone for relaxing.
The idea of zoning can help you decide what to include in your garden and where to put it. For example, garden decking is useful for enjoying family mealtimes in the garden. And having it near the house will be handy for fetching and carrying food and plates from the kitchen. Whereas a quiet zone may be better suited to being away from the house, so you’ve got a place to retreat to.
Mix up your planting
Sometimes it’s easy to forget what a fantastic landscape plants can create. Just one area of green lawn doesn’t always provide enough interest and excitement, no matter how useful it is.
You don’t need to get rid of your lawn, but you could reshape it to allow for some other planting areas in your garden. You could create a border near your decking that is full of color during the summertime, giving you a nice backdrop to your mealtimes. Or you could introduce a tropical corner, with big leafy plants, palms and grasses. With the addition of a garden hammock, this could be the ideal spot for your quiet zone.
Flat gardens can be given a more interesting shape by planting up borders with lots of plants, tall and short. But what other ways are there to add a bit of height to your garden?
A pergola is a great choice in a very flat garden. They can add instant height and interest without needing to wait for plants to grow. You can also train climbing plants to cover them over time. This is also ideal for breaking up the zones in your garden. You can walk through the pergola from one zone and into another completely different area.