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Small Changes to Your Garden That Make A Big Impact
Your garden doesn’t just have to be a patch of overgrown grass by the back door. It’s a relaxation area, a space to breathe and even a convenient back-door stockist of herbs and fresh produce, so if your garden is looking a little lack luster (but you don’t have much cash or time to improve it), take some inspiration from these suggestions... even small changes can make a big impact!
Treat it well and design it right, and you’ll find that it’s a space with the power to transform your life.
Fertilise your lawn
Green grass will make your garden look healthy and inviting, and it all requires from you is a trip to the garden centre. Buy some fertiliser for a quick and easy fix, applying it onto the grass once a month and then giving it a good watering once a week during the summer to keep your lawn in tip top condition.
You don’t have to have green fingers to enjoy the vibrancy and texture of a variety of beautiful blooms. You can buy flowers in pre-planted containers, ready-grown tomato plants, potted herbs and hanging baskets: all of these will liven up your outdoor space without much commitment or effort. All you need to do is artfully place them around your patio, walkways, decking and borders, and remember to water them once in a while!
Add fragrant scents
Another quick and effective way to add some wow factor to your garden is by introducing scents. The most stunning gardens engage all of our senses, which means you should think about adding some sweet smelling plants such as Ashridge Trees’ lavender plants to yours. As well as boasting a beautiful purple colour, lavender plants are some of the hardiest and most iconic additions to an English garden. Enjoy the heady scent on warm summer days for a positively Mediterranean feel, and prune yourself some cuttings for bedside table – lavender is thought to help you sleep.
Let there be light
Lighting is just as important outdoors as it is indoors: it cosies up your area, adds a sense of charm and also means you can enjoy your outdoor space far in to the night! Add some solar lights around your garden for inexpensive, eco-friendly lighting, and consider stringing a length of outdoor fairy lights around your eating area. String bulbs are pretty, atmospheric and utterly Pinterest-worthy!
Give it a lick of paint
Brickwork, sheds and fencing can sometimes look dark and oppressive, especially in smaller gardens. So, spruce things up by slathering on a lick of paint: white is timeless, chic and guaranteed to make your garden feel fresh, or you could opt for a navy blue hue to add an air of class and sophistication. If your taste is more colourful, go all out and paint structures in vibrant yellows, bold reds or sunset oranges: it will bring instant joy to gloomy grey skies and make a statement in your neighbourhood!