Your patio and garden may be looking a little tired after the ravages of the winter. It’s no surprise, given the extremes of weather we seem to experience year after year! If this is the case, then now is the ideal time to start planning some renovations.
Here are a few suggestions that might help you to maximize your outdoor space this winter:
Get to know the space
It may seem obvious, but chances are that if you were asked about matters such as which part of your patio or garden is dry or damp and which gets most sun or which is in the shade, you might have to think twice before you answer. The same applies for the types of flowers, trees and shrubbery that naturally grow in different areas of your garden. So, spend some time in your outdoors space at various times of the day and take note. Just how you rearrange things should depend on the information you gather in this initial phase.
Get to know what sorts of plants suit your outdoor space
We know it’s tempting, but try to avoid impulse buys at your garden centre. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on plants that proceed to wither and die after a few weeks. The information that you gathered when you were getting to know your garden will help here. It might be a good idea to use the Internet for ideas, and don’t be afraid to ask the people at your garden centre. You might even be lucky enough to have a green-fingered friend or family member who can help you decide which flowers to plant!
Start off with the hard landscape
This means planning new paving, updating the patio, or anything else that needs a fair amount of installation, like a fire pit or a hot tub. These are the foundations of your outdoor space and can be added to over time. When planning, consider whether you prefer the garden to have more man-made areas or more natural spaces, as this will affect how much hard landscaping you need to do.
We all think about making our outdoor spaces prettier and more eye-catching by adding colourful flowers, but these are passing attractions, soon gone. They also need a background of greens to stand out against. Holly, conifer and boxwood will look good all year round. (you can also use them to hide anything unsightly!).
You might fancy the idea of building a gazebo, a new shed, or a summer house. Or, you might think a fountain would provide an attractive focal point. Whilst the weather is too damp to actually start building now, there’s nothing to stop you from planning how you will do so in the warmer weather!
With any luck, the ideas suggested here will give you inspiration for making changes to your garden. Start the legwork now, and your garden will be looking tip-top in time for spring!