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It’s a soothing, meditative thing to do, and also means you’ll see plenty of growth come summer. To get inspired for home improvement, from quick fixes to big projects. Evergreen hedging is planted in patterns found on carvings and embroidery. Our Gardens Through Time show how city gardens have developed over the centuries. Read on, and find out whether we are running any of our exclusive garden tours, which take readers to see some of the most impressive private gardens in Provence and Tuscany twice a year. Our independent expert reviews will help you find the best value products for your home – and avoid the worst.

Nicola expects this trend to stick around as our homes continue to double up as living/work/play/entertainment areas. Chloe Wells, press officer at the RHS agrees that gardeners will continue to look at their plots through a sustainable lens. According to their latest trend report, “planet friendly gardening continues to dominate gardeners’ approach to their plots with scything, fermenting and cut flower growing set to take off.

Paint the fence

Painting a feature wall in a bright colour, such as this sunshine yellow, will deliver huge impact without much budget or effort. Be sure to paint with a specialist exterior paint to ensure it’s suitable for the space. Choose a coordinating colour palette for pots and garden accessories, to create a cohesive look. Remember, narrow, low-planted beds can define seating or dining areas, as can lines of planted-up troughs – choose evergreen scented plants, such as lavender or Mexican orange blossom. Containers offer the most flexibility though, allowing you to move them around however suits.

If you want to make your grassless garden ideas a little bolder, perk up an old patio with a splash of paint and a stylish stencil pattern. A striking floor will enable your furniture and outdoor accessories shine brighter as a result of the backdrop. From simple garden lighting to inexpensive outdoor furniture ideas, pretty planting to statement outdoor styling for summer garden parties, there are a multitude of smart ways to make your garden great without breaking the bank. Get all the inspiration you need for planting cut flowers, and fill your home with colour and the gorgeous scent of the garden year-round withIn Bloom. Clare Nolan reveals her secrets for growing a bountiful harvest as well as styling spectacular homegrown displays in this beautifully designed book. Speaking of lighting, don’t underestimate how important it is to create atmosphere in your garden.

  • Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
  • Attach any hooks or peg rails you have lying around the house to a fence or wall to create the perfect spot to hang solar powered lights or tea light holders.
  • Because of the time of year, supermarkets are stocking a whole host of different house plants to brighten up your space.

Try it yourself by carefully cutting off the top of each bottle, then adding gravel for drainage, followed by soil and the plants of your choice. Rather than disappear into the house every time another drink is needed set up a bar outside and make cocktail hour an alfresco affair. You can pick up the materials needed to knock up your own Tiki-style serving area cheaply at your local DIY store. Or you could keep it really simple and upcycle and old wooden bar cart, making sure to treat the wood against the elements.

So make sure you snuggle down in style by picking from our massive selection of beds and mattresses, quilts and pillows. Plus we’ve got brilliant bedding sets from cool and sophisticated to kids’ cartoon characters. Creating the plan for your home improvement using knowledge of experts can save you a lot of effort. Saga Home Insurance provides cover that goes beyond what you might expect. Karen comes to the aid of two friends who want to redesign their awkward cellar space. Jay Blades’ workshop makes furniture to thank a liver donor and care home workers.

Marshalls Garden Visualiser

Choose wisely as an ornament or water feature (although it’s great for wildlife) that’s plonked in the centre of an empty space is unlikely to look good. If it’s too small it will look lost and something too big will overwhelm the space; the latter has also been known to devalue your home, so it’s something to bear in mind when it’s time to sell. You should also think about screening areas of your garden to create separate ‘rooms’. Introduce hard landscaping in the form of pergolas or fences, or through plants. ‘You can’t go wrong with hardy rose bushes or tall bamboo,’ suggests Jon Holloway, founder of Garden Trading. When you’re choosing flowering plants, try to make some of them ‘out of season’ performers so you have some year-round colour, or put in spring and early summer bulbs to get the garden off to a great start.

We take a look at some of the free virtual garden design software that allows you to plan and design a new garden. We have a team of gardeners who will be pleased to help you in the garden no matter how big or small the job. Monty explores Venice bensonfarmersmarket.org by barge, stepping out to visit green spaces large and small. Demi and Laura want to create the perfect space for their large, fun-loving family. Simon’s team visits north Dorset to create a unique B&B and kitchen for a shepherd’s hut.

Three garden designers on how to make a wildlife

Our gardens have become more important than ever over the course of the last year, whether you’re lucky enough to have a sprawling country garden or you need small garden ideas. These garden design ideas are key to creating a scheme you’ll love for years to come. In 2016, staff at two nursing homes in Scotland set up a gardening project with the aim of improving outcomes for residents, with benefits for the whole nursing home community. The idea was to use gardening to improve activity levels of residents in a creative and fun way, and to get nurses in the position of active participants and facilitators. This article describes the project, now embedded in the care plans of all residents, and how it helps enhance residents’ quality of life. Living walls are becoming more popular in garden designs, providing a great way to embrace vertical planting and create maximum drama in your outdoor space.