Summer is in full force here in Central Florida, and many take advantage of the season by reinventing their outdoor spaces! (Myself included – you may have read my post where I was dreaming about my patio?!) So when Jenny from Tesco contacted me to see if she could write an article exactly along those lines, I was thrilled! I hadn’t heard of Tesco previously, but after visiting their site, I decided that they offer some fantastic items! Here’s what Jenny had to say…
Creating and maintaining a beautiful garden is hard work. Many amateur gardeners strive to create a beautiful natural space but don’t necessarily know where to begin. Improving an existing garden can seem a daunting task for many, but in reality there are several great ways to create the perfect outdoor space or transform an existing space from a run-down or overgrown jungle to a well-maintained beautiful garden. Here are few great tips for sprucing up a garden.
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Much like any indoor space, the place where everyone ends up spending the most time is where they feel most comfortable. Don’t spend a fortune on fancy looking (but wildly uncomfortable) furniture when something simple and utilitarian will do. There are a range of garden tables and chairs available everywhere from the internet to charity shops so be sure to compare prices and quality before making any purchases. A picnic table or some outdoor sofas can quickly turn a garden from a space to observe to a place to experience. Be sure that outdoor furniture purchases are able to withstand the elements or if they will be taken in during winter, that there is suitable space for storage.
Many gardens feature an eclectic mix of fences, rambling hedges or any number of other ‘boundary’ elements that have been pieced together over the years. Establishing a clear and cohesive boundary for a garden space can completely transform the way it looks and feels. Ripping out old fencing doesn’t necessarily mean that the materials go to waste either; industrious DIY enthusiasts can re-use old materials for all sorts of things from new garden structures to a well-fed and super productive compost heap. Creating a unified boundary with fencing or hedging is often times one of the most effective ways to define a garden’s character and create a beautiful calm space that can be enjoyed both indoors and out.
Summer can be a tough time to part with flowering plants, however a clean sweep of the garden can often be quite cathartic. Ripping out old plants and turning over soil can bring new life to old borders. Consider everything from available light to orientation to year-round colour to various forms and textures in an effort to get the creative juices flowing. Creating new borders full of colour and life and dynamic layers will not only rejuvenate the spirit, it will re-define a garden in unimaginable ways. While some existing plants and shrubs may have sentimental value, don’t be afraid to rip everything out and start fresh.
Transforming a garden doesn’t have to be a big, expensive job. A few small changes can make a big impact and can be carried out over the course of several weeks, months or years depending on specific budgets and timelines. Anything from sourcing a great garden table to planting a few new perennials each year can have a big impact on even the smallest space.
Awesome tips, thank you, Jenny! (I love how she pointed out that you don’t have to do your transformation all at once – you can work at it bit by bit!) Don’t forget to go check out Tesco!
Are you working on transforming any of your outdoor spaces? Do share!