How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

If you have some outside space, make 2019 the year to make it absolutely fabulous

By Hari Alexander
Lavender smells divine and is adored by bees
Whether you want to completely re-design your garden or simply update the functionality and make it look great at the same time, Oeco Garden Rooms has been looking into top design trends for 2019.
 
From creating a space which is low maintenance or full of interesting focal points, we have some handy hints to help you make the most of your garden.  
 
The low maintenance garden
 
If the hustle and bustle of daily life means you can't give hours of your time to gardening, then low-maintenance is the way to go. You can achieve a space that's lovely for relaxing and entertaining yet which doesn't need a full time gardener on the case.
 
Perennial Plants
 
Using perennial plants is an easy way to add colour and focal points to your garden. Use pots if you don't have space for flowerbeds. Popular plants include:
 
Lavender - lavender produces a fragrant summer scent and is perfect to use for edging and borders, it also has the benefit of attracting bees and butterflies to the garden.
 
Geraniums - these hardy and low-maintenance perennials provide pops of colour throughout the summer and are available in colours including white, pink, purple and blue.
 
Helemium - ranging in hues from red to orange to bright yellow, helemiums work well in borders and typically flower from midsummer to early autumn providing a sense of floral richness and abundance.
 
If you have a garden shed and the timber has faded to a nondescript grey, then paint it in warm sunny colour such as Mediterranean red
Helemiums are an easy to grow perennial plant
Hedgehogs need sheltered spots in a garden
An insect hotel is a must for the garden
Remove high maintenance bushes and shrubs
 
Consider removing messy bushes and shrubs from the garden, especially those which shed their leaves regularly. Box  and Leylandii hedges and Conifers are all good choices for edging and borders if you have a reasonable size garden, while Rhododendrons and Camellia provide pops of colour at different times of the year.
 
Hard landscaping materials
 
Low-maintenance gardens will incorporate areas of stone, rocks, and gravel, which come in myriad shapes, sizes and colours. Make a patio area for a table and chairs using stone slabs. A large sweeping lawn is a beautiful thing if you have one, but lawns do need a lot of care and attention and many city gardens are eschewing grass for stone or decking. But if you go down the hard landscaping route, have lots of plants in containers to keep your space appealing to bees and butterflies.
 
Create a staycation spot
 
With holiday prices continuing to rise, more of us are choosing to stay home for the holidays, so why not turn your garden into the ultimate staycation space? 
 
·         Install a weatherproof sound system so that you can play music while you’re outside.
 
·         Build a fire pit so you and your friends and family can relax outside well into the small hours without freezing to death  
 
·         Invest in good quality, comfortable, eco-friendly garden furniture.
 
·         Install garden lighting so you can use the space at night. Indeed garden lighting can make even the smallest space look quite magical.
 
·         Have a dedicated area for barbecuing and entertaining, such as a raised patio area or pergola.
 
If you have a larger garden, make some secluded areas where you can go and unwind in peace. Adding a simple water feature, lush plants and a calm, neutral colour palette will provide a retreat from the rest of the garden. And using mirrors in the garden can increase the sense of light and space, a good trick if your space doesn't get the sun all day.
 
Turn garden structures into focal points
 
Most gardens will have a fence, or a wall and many have sheds or greenhouses. So if the colour of these things is drab, why not paint them in colours you love. Warm Mediterraneans pinks, ochres and reds are perfect for wooden sheds, while a grey fence will look infinitely better in a soft green. 
 
 
Look after wildlife
 
Make sure your garden is wildlife-friendly because gardens are important for protecting Britain's biodiversity. Encourage bees and butterflies with plants they're known to love, such as lavender (best planted between April and May), hollyhocks, lupins and grasses. You will, of course, be supporting nature by offering hospitality to creatires great and small. Urban foxes, though, are a moot point. Most people find them infuriating but remember you aren't allowed to kill them...
 
Put out birdseed and clean water year-round so creatures can feed easily, while creating a range of different habitats will attract wildlife to your garden - those insect hotels area great idea and affordable too. 
 
When researching plants, choose ones which seed and flower at different times so there's always food on the go. Berry bushes and fruit trees also provide valuable seasonal food.
 
 
 

 

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