For those of us who are passionate about interior design, sometimes it can be easy to neglect our gardens. I can remember a few times when I’ve wrapped up some artsy interior job, looked out at my garden, and seen a jungle! Although the garden may be off limits in the winter months, there are still things you can do to make it look gorgeous. Here are a few handy tips.
We’ll start off with a simple one; add more flowers and colourful plants. A boring garden is one big square of green. You should try to break up this monotony with a few dashes of colour. You can go into any garden centre and see all kinds of beautiful flowers which will add vibrancy and contrast focal points. This isn’t the only way to make your garden more interesting though. If you’re into growing your own food, there are several herbs and vegetables which can be used to spruce up a garden. You could play around with the pink and purple hues of thyme or the red of pineapple sage. However you want to apply your green fingers, add more colour!
Once you’ve decided on the plants you want to add to your garden, start to think of a grouping plan. Selecting a theme for a specific area of your garden is an old and easy trick. However, when you have several clusters of plants grouped together on the fringes of your lawn, you’ll agree that it’s a very potent effect. I’d advise using pots for this, as it makes it easier to rearrange your theme later on. If you’re one of those gardeners with a big aversion to potted flowers, then I advise you to take your time planning the arrangement. The easiest way to get a striking visual effect is to plant a cluster of flowers in the same colour, and then frame that with a nice contrast. Another surprisingly potent tactic is forming a simple, repeating pattern.
If you’ve done all you can with your plants, and you still feel like something’s missing, it may be a focal point. This is usually a non-organic feature, but it can be as simple as a different breed of tree. The most common focal points are roman statues, ponds, and other ornaments. If your garden is large enough, you may even want to have a nice, prim seating area. Seen as it’s February, you’re probably used to the idea of staying in all day. However, once it starts warming up, you’ll get more and more cravings to sit out in your garden. Get some small garden benches in an area that’s good for sun, and you’ll be able to spend countless lazy afternoons relaxing and reading.
I hope these tips have helped you in sprucing up your garden. Remember that my advice is conventional, and maybe a tad boring. It’s your little patch, so do what you like with it! Once you let your imagination go, I’m sure you’ll come up with some fantastic ideas.