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Seeing the garden come back into life after a long winter is one of the many joys of spring after months of cold, dark days. Pottering outside in the next few weeks will mean, come summer, you can enjoy the fruits of your labour relaxing in the sun’s rays.
While you might be a bit impatient to get on with it, it may be worth waiting until you can be sure the weather has warmed up enough to be able to plant. A frost late in the year can kill off baby bulbs, and this is England after all. Frosts have been known to surprise us late in the year, so being patient and leaving it a little later can increase their chances of survival. If you’re really keen to get started, choose a tough plant that is able to withstand sudden changes in temperature. For example Witch-hazel, Honeysuckle and Arctic Willow all do well in the cold, and you won’t sacrifice colour or smell for durability as they smell and look amazing
Lawn seen better days? Give it a quick rake over to remove any moss, dead leaves etc. This will allow air and light to reach the soil underneath, encouraging healthy growth for the summer months. After 5 months of being buried you can bet it’ll be ecstatic to see the sun – as we’re sure you will be too! Now’s also a good time to get a head start on any weeds that might be rearing their ugly heads. Catching them early will mean the roots will still be relatively shallow, which makes them easier to remove.
Whether your garden is a south facing sun trap, shaded or windy, you can still make it a space fit for a king. Fuchsias and impatiens can tolerate shady conditions, whereas icy-leaved Pelargoniums, Bacopa and Tagets love full on sun. Don’t worry − you don’t have to remember all the long confusing names of the flowers that are suited to your garden, the labels in garden centres should tell you all you need to know.
you it might just be a garden, but to local wildlife it’s an oasis. With both bees and butterflies in decline, why not do everything you can to make your garden a sanctuary for those nectar hoarding heroes? For the bravest among us, bee-friendly plants such as Lavender and Buddleia can be a nice addition to any garden. If you squeal at the sign of a bee, then sow some wild flowers to attract butterflies.
With house prices having steadily increased over the last few years, big gardens are becoming increasingly sparse. But good news − small gardens are officially in! There are more ways than ever to make the most from your small space. If you only have a small garden it doesn’t mean you can’t put those green fingers to work. Any corner of a garden can be brightened up by planting some potted flowers. Multi-purpose furniture − such as fire pit planters or hanging baskets − are all ways to make your small space shine. Less is more, so keep it simple by only planting one type of bulb, so that they will all flower at the same time. If you aren’t in shorts and flip flops the moment the temperature gets into double digits, are you even British? Well good news for all those who love to whack the sun cream out as soon as it hits 11 degrees − alfresco living, or outside entertainment, is on the up and doesn’t have to be limited to big gardens. Small garden solutions such as sunken fire pits, built in BBQs or pizza ovens coupled with some cosy chairs and a little mood lighting can bring the Mediterranean to your back garden.
For those of us less fond of pruning and clipping, there is a trend perfectly suited just for us. According to Country Living, the number 1 trend for 2018 is ‘Wabi-Sabi’. Sounds fancy, sure. But this essentially means enjoying your garden’s imperfections. Moss covered stones, rusty gates, old pots etc are now the new thing – so when you’re hosting your alfresco evenings, you can tell everyone no, your garden is not “overgrown”, you are simply “adopting the Japanese art of Wabi-Sabi”.
Inspired by small gardens or bursting for a bigger one? Get the ball rolling on finding your dream home, and move in just in time to kick off BBQ season. See what homes Andrews has available in your area ,and we’ll help you to find a garden (and a house) you’ll fall head over heels for.