If your garden is starting to look a little tired and jaded, then here are some tips to breathe fresh life into it without breaking the bank. A quick and easy way to perk things up is just by tidying up. Cast a critical eye over your garden and get rid of anything that shouldn’t be there. If you’ve a motley collection of garden tools lying about, then it might be worth looking at some garden sheds and getting properly organized. That way your garden will be tidy and your equipment will be secure and easier to maintain. Once you’ve tidied up, cut back any overgrown hedges or trees, hose paths and patios and tackle any weeds. By the time you’ve freshened up the lawn with a quick trim, things should already be looking up.
If you want to introduce some colour quickly, then a few well-placed hanging baskets or window boxes will provide a quick lift. For a longer-term splash of colour, consider whether your border planting scheme needs overhauled. You don’t need to start from scratch, but first identify any gaps where you could plant something new. It might be an opportunity to place a specimen shrub which could provide some contrasting texture, colour or height.
Ask yourself whether you’re using all of the available space in your garden. Many of us have bare walls and fences that could be used to create areas of added interest. There are many varieties of clematis and honeysuckle that can easily be trained onto most surfaces and they will add colour and perfume for years to come. If you have the space, consider planting several different varieties to flower at different times of the year. For example, something like Montana Rosebud will give you cascades of delicate pink blooms in spring. Candy Stripes will keep you going through summer, with Blue Angels for autumn and even some pretty white Jingle Bells to bring in the New Year.
If your garden feels flat, then it may benefit from some added height. You can do this in a variety of ways. You can use built structures like garden sheds, greenhouses, walls, fences, trellises or arches. Or you can plant trees and shrubs to help draw the eye up. If you don’t have space for any of these, then you could consider planting obelisk wire frames in pots and training climbing plants up them.
Another way of sprucing up your garden is by introducing ornamental features. Depending on the available space, you could install a water feature such as a small pond to keep fish or to encourage wildlife. If you want the soothing effects of water but don’t have space for a pond, there are also many types of small water cascades available.
So, whether you decide to invest in new greenhouses or garden sheds, or just in a packet or two of seeds, it won’t take long to spruce up your garden.