30/05/2019 09:57:12

Summertime is the season to relax and enjoy your garden. On warm sunny days, it’s great to invite family and friends over for a BBQ in the garden and let the children run wild on the lawn, but what if your garden needs a spruce up?

Ellen Mary Gardening has shared her tips on how to get your garden looking floriferous in no time.

Start small with patio pots for a quick way to add some colour

One of the easiest ways to add some colour to your garden is to use containers on the patio. Choose your style, from terracota pots with olive trees and lavender for a Mediterranean feel or plastic pots in any colour filled with plants such as Calendula and Gazanias for a true blast of summer. Place them in groups of three which will create a nice effect ensuring any taller plants are situated in pots at the back. Make sure you use some good quality compost and mix in some slow release fertiliser to keep them blooming for longer. Pots can dry out really quickly so make sure they are kept well watered, especially during the summer months.

Create a new border with instant impact 

Starting a border or bed in a garden that is a blank canvas can seem daunting but it’s actually an easy and satisfying way to create a new dynamic for your garden with instant impact. Choose where you would like your new bed to be and if it is in sun or shade. Dig out the turf and replenish the soil with lots of well rotted compost to make sure there are plenty of nutrients for your new plants. You will need to pick the plants that suit your style and theme and also plants that will grow in your soil and aspect. If you have a sunny border choose perennials such as Salvia, Geum, Penstemon, Phlox, Lupins, Peonies and Roses for a cottage garden look or more established shrubs with and groups of the same plant for a formal look. If you have a shady border look at mixing up your planting with Hostas, Ferns and Heucheras. 

Make a pathway to the shed or rear gate

Sometimes it can be hard to decide where you want your new bed to be but by adding a pathway, either straight or curved to a place of interest at the side or rear of the garden helps to see where you might like to grow some plants. Use paving slabs or shingle with edging or any number of different materials including wooden stepping stones to take you on a journey through the garden. Pathways aren’t just to keep you off the lawn they can give the garden shape and even make it look longer.

Ellen Mary – a TV presenter, horticulture radio show host, and presenter on The Plant Based Podcast - can be found sharing gardening inspiration and tips here.

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