With the weather finally starting to pick up, homeowners up and down the UK are turning an eye toward their garden and making plans for the summer. If you don’t consider yourself very green-fingered, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a vibrant display of flowers from spring all the way through to early autumn in your own garden.
No matter how chequered your gardening history, the tips and techniques below will have your garden or yard looking its absolute best with the minimum of hassle.
Choose plants that suit your space
Whether you’ve been growing flowers for decades or you’re a complete beginner, you won’t get any show from plants that aren’t suited to the conditions in your garden. For the best chances of success, you should find out what constraints you have to work in and then choose your plants from there.
No matter the size of your outdoor space, you’re bound to have some shady patches, some sunny patches, and some areas that get a mix of the two. Each plant thrives in a certain amount of sunshine, so make sure you check the label of the flowers that take your interest to find out if they are suited to the space you have available.
Before you start buying plants for your garden, you need to find out one last thing: whether your soil is acid or alkaline. Different plants thrive in different soils, so it’s important you find this out before you start shopping.
While it sounds complicated, checking the pH level of your soil is simple. You can either pick up a specialist kit or follow this simple guide from Preparedness Mama.
Keep it low-maintenance
If you’re new to gardening, it’s a good idea to ease yourself in with some simple projects before you try anything too ambitious. It’s easy to get overwhelmed whenever you tackle a big project like revamping a garden; starting small and building up your collection of plants will make it as easy as possible to stick with it.
To keep things completely hassle-free in the beginning, you can easily add vibrancy to your patio or yard with some containers full of bulbs. To keep things as low-maintenance as possible, follow Wyevale Garden Centres' guide to ‘lasagne planting’, which will keep your containers blooming all the way through summer without any need to replant them. If you have success with this, it will give you confidence and momentum to take on more intensive projects in to the years to come.
As anyone with experience setting New Year’s resolutions knows, life often gets in the way of even the best intentions. While choosing resilient plants and setting up your garden to be as low-maintenance as possible will mean you can afford to forget to water it every so often, if you neglect it completely all of your hard work so far will go to waste.
It can be hard to get into the habit of watering it every day over the summer. To make sure you give your plants the nourishment they need to thrive, set a reminder on your phone using an app like Due to go off each day at a time you’re usually at home.
If you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, place a note on the fridge or keep your watering can in a place you can’t miss it.
So, there you have it: our simple tips to sprucing up your garden, no matter how busy you are. Follow these and you’re sure to have success, no matter what your level of experience.