11.30.2018

6 things to do to make your garden beautiful all year around

A beautiful garden can have a huge impact on your mood, as well as your home’s resale value. By pre-planning a little bit, you can make your garden look stunning year round and enjoy it whatever the weather. Plus, you’ll make your home more desirable if you come to sell in the future. Here, we’re going to talk about 6 things you can do to make your garden look gorgeous year round, and there’s something here for all ability levels. Even if you’re a novice right now, with a little consistency and practice you’ll soon get the bug for gardening.

Read on if you want a beautiful garden no matter what!




  1. Clear Out Your Junk
If you want your garden to look amazing year round, you really need to clear out your junk. Remember, if something doesn't look good in your garden right now, then it probably never will. Get rid of any old pet toys, things your kids no longer play with, and things that just haven’t been making an impact in your garden. Be vigilant; this is your chance to start again and create something truly beautiful and functional. Don’t be a hoarder and let junk ruin it!

However, bear in mind that if you’d like to invite more wildlife into your garden year round, you should leave a little bit of debris on your garden. Not necessarily old toys, but it shouldn’t be pruned to perfection all the time, as you won’t see as many birds, squirrels, butterflies, and other wildlife. Having a garden that invites in wildlife is just perfect for children.    

2. Create An Outdoor Living Area
Now, how about creating an outdoor living area so you can enjoy your garden with friends and family? Create it just like you would inside of your home; comfortable seating, a table for drinks, perhaps some heaters for when the weather cools down, and of course, lighting. You might also want to invest in some kind of shelter for your living area, but you may not need this year round. It all depends on your climate and what troubles you usually face when attempting to use your garden.

If your garden simply gets too cold for you to enjoy, don’t worry; there are other options. You could invest in a conservatory so that you can enjoy the view of your garden without worrying about the cold or rain. A conservatory makes for the perfect place to read, do some work, or enjoy a coffee with friends.

3. Stick To Unfussy Plants If You Don’t Have Much Time
If you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to up keeping your garden, make sure you stick to unfussy plants that pretty much take care of themselves. Some flowers and plants you can include are:
  • Mexican fleabane
  • Bellflowers
  • Periwinkle
  • Alpine sea holly
  • Mediterranean spurge
  • Fish mint
  • Royal ferne

Of course, you’ll need to decide what your garden is the majority of the time to choose the right flowers and plants. Many plants will survive the majority of weather conditions but not necessarily every single one, so you must be prepared for this. Some won't be able to stand the blistering heat, while others will survive everything bar the harshest winter.

4. Add A Water Feature
A water feature always adds a relaxing and tranquil feel to an outdoor space. The bigger the better, but smaller features can work wonders, too! Just bear in mind that if you choose a pond as your water feature, you will have to consider the safety of your children/pets. Children should never be left unsupervised around water features, as the smallest amount of water can be a huge danger. Then you need to think about things like fish in a pond - will your cat want to catch them? Be smart!

Then, there are potential running and maintenance costs of the water feature you choose. Make a smart choice based on your budget and the space you have, as well as potential safety concerns.

5. Be Mindful Of Extreme Weather Conditions
Make sure you’re mindful of extreme weather conditions, and do your best to prepare for a change in the weather or seasons in advance. For example, you must watch out for frost if you want to protect your landscape and stop your plants from dying an untimely death. It’s all about staying one step ahead of the weather and knowing what you have the time to do. A good tip is to download an app that can help you to stay on top of things, reminding you when it’s time to take action in your garden before it’s too late. There are many gardening apps that could potentially suit you, so try a few of them out and see which ones you like.


6. Quick Tips By Season
Now, let’s take a look at some quick tips by season that will help you to create the most perfect garden year round. You’ll need to do things slightly differently depending on the season if you want your garden to look its absolute best. Take a look below:

  • Winter -  the time to think about planting and maintaining trees for your garden. All gardens should have at least one tree to add structure and privacy, however much space you have. Trees also give wildlife a shelter and break up the winds. It’s very rare that a tree will cause a problem, so don’t avoid them. If you do need to prune your tree because it’s simply too large, contact a tree surgeon.  
  • Spring - allow your garden to flourish by cleaning up any winter debris. Rake your lawn, sweep dead leaves and tackle any weeds. Signs of frost should be looked for on your plants so you can work on damage control. Devote more time to your lawn, keeping it healthy and regularly maintained with fertiliser and a good lawn mower - however, you should never cut your lawn too short. Over-mowing can be an issue and stop your lawn from looking its best. Spring is also a good time to start your own compost heap.
  • Summer - water your flowers, plants and baskets thoroughly through summer. If you can collect rainwater and use this to feed your plants rather than using the tap, that will be better for them. Protect your soil in the rising temperatures too. Pests and insects can cause a problem during summer, so check your plants regularly for signs that they are being attacked.
  • Fall - prepare your garden before the winter. Rescue your potted plants from the first frosts by bringing them inside or placing them in a more sheltered spot. You can also prepare beds or other sensitive plants by covering with brushwood or leaves. Prevent rotting by raking the dead leaves from your lawn. Make it your mission not to over-prune your hedges, as any gap in the hedge will remain until spring so your garden will look too bare. Fall is just the right season to plant evergreens, so consider doing this!

There you have them; 6 things you can do to make your garden look gorgeous year round. Using the above advice you’ll be able to select the right plants, stay on top of your garden maintenance schedule, and have peace of mind, all while enjoying your garden with the people you love!

Do you have any gardening tips that will help our readers to keep their garden looking gorgeous year round? Please leave your thoughts below. Come back soon and thanks for reading!

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