With the glorious Summer months just around the corner, the upcoming weeks give you the perfect opportunity to transform your garden into the ideal Summertime retreat. Whether you are the annual BBQ host or love to relax in the Sun with a good book, taking the time to prepare your outdoor space for the months to come will most definitely work towards your advantage. With this in mind, we have rounded up some of the best ideas to devise a full guide on how to revamp your garden – we can guarantee that there will be something to catch everyone’s eye, even those less keen gardeners!
A Guide On How To Revamp Your Garden
Having many years of experience providing clients with landscaping in Milton Keynes, we now have our fair share of unique ideas and inspiration on how to create a garden that exceeds all of your expectations. Even if you are less of a sun worshiper and prefer to stay cool, your outdoor space can be tailored perfectly to ensure that you can still enjoy the rare British sunshine, while staying shaded.
Revamping your garden and creating a space that you become eager to spend your time in also comes alongside a plethora of health benefits. Those who spend more time in the outdoors exposed to plenty of fresh air will begin to notice an improvement in their blood pressure and heart rate, along with a strengthened immune system. More benefits of fresh air can be found on a handy article by Kent-Tech.com.
If you’re hoping to create the perfect haven for relaxation and socialising, but not too sure where to start, we suggest beginning with a browse through our top ideas!
1. Neaten Up
Before you can begin adding new plants, installing statement features or new furniture, it is imperative to ensure that your garden is in tip-top condition. Aim to create a blank canvas, which you can then transform into the perfect Summer retreat. We must confess, cleaning your garden and neatening up existing features isn’t going to be a quick task, and it is likely to take a little extra elbow grease. If you’re not a keen gardener, then you may want to consider spreading the tasks over a few days to ensure that you do not overwork yourself.
Start by clearing away any debris; this includes removing dead leaves using a rake and cutting away old branches or overgrown greenery using shears. Don’t forget to pull out all flowers that have reached the end of their life and any weeds that have grown over the colder months. Pull these from the root to ensure that they do not regrow and dampen the aesthetics of your newly transformed garden. For more information on how you can create a fresh foundation for your outdoor space, take a look at Fine Gardening.
2. Refresh Old Furniture
If you’re hoping to refresh your garden, but on a budget, then upscaling old wooden furniture is a fantastic idea. Over time, the weather does begin to deteriorate wood, causing the colour to fade, and the surface to become uneven; however, this doesn’t mean that items have to be replaced. Through taking the time to prepare the surface adequately, all furniture can be painted, allowing it to look as good as new.
Using a wire brush, begin by scrubbing the furniture, ensuring that all old paint and chipped wood is removed; this will create a smooth, even canvas to paint. If you notice that there are any areas with splintered wood, then you would benefit from using waterproof glue to secure these down and avoid splinters in the skin. Wood filler can also be used to fill in any damaged areas. Once both have thoroughly dried, you can start the painting process. We love the full guide on how to repaint wooden furniture on Lazy Susan.
3. Plant Perennials
Perennials are flowers and plants that rebloom year after year with no need for replacing. They grow over the Spring and Summer, die when the colder months reach and then return the following year. Opting for planting perennials is ideal if you have a busy schedule with less time to focus on regular gardening. Gardens4You has a generous selection of perennial plants if you’re hoping to pick up some different variations at a low cost.
Planting perennials is super easy and takes less than half an hour. Begin by ensuring that the allocated area of soil is clear from all weeds, again, try to get them from the root. You can then move onto digging a hole, which should always be slightly larger in width as the pot, but the same depth. Once the soil is prepped, you can continue to plant the perennial, backfill the soil around the roots and thoroughly water.
4. Statement Seating
For those with a passion for interior design, there is no reason why you cannot incorporate your ideas into the outdoors. Even if you are somewhat limited in terms of floor space in your garden, you can still inject character through statement seating. Statement seating is ideal for adding colour, patterning and most importantly, a comfy area for you and your guests to relax.
There are many different types of statement seating available, all of which can be purchased from John Lewis; some of the most popular designs include the following:
- Dining Table and Chairs
- Hanging Egg Chair
- Pod Chair
- Day Bed
- Sun Loungers
- Swing Seat
- Garden Sofas
5. Add Lighting
Lighting is a fantastic, low-cost way to bring atmosphere to your garden. As the warm, Summer nights draw in, strategically placed lights create a relaxing, cosy environment making your garden seen somewhat magical.
When installing lighting, it’s essential to ensure that you avoid some of the most common mistakes. Opt for placing lights in a location that is away from the general line of site and will prevent any glare against windows. You want all of your guests to be able to sit comfortably in any area of your garden without having to move around due to a blinding glare.
The most cost-effective lighting option is to hang outdoor fairy lights, lanterns or stake lights as these require no help from a professional. They are often LED, which means that they’ll be battery operated and can be placed wherever you see fit. On the other hand, if you would like lighting to be installed in your patio or concealed in furniture, you will need to enlist an electrician who will ensure that they are fitted safely. Lights4Fun have a vast selection of garden lighting, ideal for suiting any theme.
6. Welcome Wildlife
With global warming continuing to deteriorate, we should all be on a quest to create a more eco-friendly household. When it comes to your garden, one of the best ways to do this is to encourage wildlife. There are many different ways that you can welcome wildlife; however, it is imperative to ensure that you are careful not to attract negative life that can damage your garden.
One of the most creative, yet super easy, ways to attract wildlife is to fit a birdhouse. Particularly if you have small children, building, decorating and managing the birdhouse is an excellent way to get those little hands involved in the garden. It is entirely your choice whether you opt for purchasing a blank, premade birdhouse to decorate or create your own from scratch. The Spruce Crafts has a helpful guide on 15 different ways that you can build your own DIY birdhouse. When decorating, always use acrylic paints as these will be able to withstand the everchanging weather conditions without cracking, peeling or fading.
For more ways that you can attract wildlife to your outdoor space, including butterflies and hedgehogs, take a look at the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
7. A Splash Of Colour
No garden is complete until it is brimming with colour and life. Treat your garden the same as you would do so your house, incorporating quirky finishing touches to bring the project to a close. When searching for ways to add a splash of colour to your garden, we can guarantee that you will be overwhelmed with the plethora of fantastic ideas. To give you a head start, we have devised a list of our top ideas below:
- Feature Walls – Many assume that murals must be confined to the indoors, but this most definitely doesn’t have to be the case. Enlist the help of your most creative loved one, or even unleash your artistic side, to paint an eye-catching mural on a garden wall or fencing.
- Trellis – If you’re a little limited in terms of space, a trellis is a fantastic way to add colourful flowers without compromising any floor space. We have many clients who ask for the addition of trellis when installing garden fencing in Milton Keynes so that they can plant climbing flowers. Plant Care Today has a great guide on the best trellis plants.
- Pads and Cushions – For a colourful, patterned finishing touch to your new garden seating, pads and cushions are ideal; all of which are cleverly made with weather resistant materials. We absolutely love the range available on Dunelm!
- Unique Pots – Many gardeners prefer potted plants as opposed those that are planted into the ground, so if this is you, then use it to your advantage. Pots come in various different shapes, sizes, colour and patterns, making them the perfect addition to any outdoor space. You can either purchase pre-designed pots from retailers such as Wayfair or paint your own!
8. Install A Firepit
Firepits add the perfect luxurious twist to any garden and can be used all year round. They are ideal for toasting marshmallows and making s’mores during the Winter or gathering around post-BBQ in the warmer months. While installing a firepit may be a little more on the costly side, we can guarantee that you won’t regret it!
Just like any other garden fixture, firepits come in tonnes of different shapes and sizes, most of which with a contemporary design ideal for modernising your space. When placing a firepit, it is vitally important to ensure that it is at least three metres away from anything that may be flammable; for example, trees, fences and parasols. You should also spend time before lighting the fire, removing any dead leave or fallen debris from around the area.
If you’re looking to purchase a firepit, we suggest taking a look at Homebase.
Create The Perfect Summertime Retreat!
Revamping your garden just in time for Summer doesn’t have to be a tedious, expensive or time-consuming task. It is essential to analyse your space before beginning and spending time to research into the best plan of action to bring your vision to life. We hope that our top eight ideas have given you some well-needed inspiration into the plethora of opportunities that await you!