Transitioning your garden into summer
PUBLISHED: 10:47 27 May 2016
Getting your outdoor space ready for summer
There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting out in the sunshine with a glass of Pimms or Prosecco and if your garden is looking a little unloved you can get it back to its best with minimal time and effort. The cold, damp Winter months may have left your outdoor space overgrown and untidy but simple jobs, like taking a hoe to your borders, pruning your shrubs and weeding your flower beds, will have a big impact in getting it in shape just in time for barbeques and outdoor entertaining.
June is also the perfect time to add a splash of colour to your outdoor area, with summer bedding plants in bold oranges, pinks and yellows. A local garden centre will be able to advise you on begonias and Busy Lizzie, tell you what sits well in sunshine or shade and offer a selection of inexpensive blooms to brighten up your garden.
If you’re outdoor space lacks flower beds, or if you live in an apartment with a balcony rather than a garden, you can still indulge in flora by planting your blooms in pots and window boxes.
If the idea of digging and planting still fills you with dread hanging baskets could be the answer to your prayers. Garden centres create beautiful baskets in a range of sizes which require very little effort from you, just hang them somewhere suitable and water regularly to prevent wilting in the heat.
Turnabout Landscapes in Epping designs and builds gardens, owner, Nick Turner, says: ‘Some people choose something contemporary while others want a more traditional, old-fashioned look. We meet with them, discuss ideas and come back with a plan.’
The key factor in designing your garden is how much time you’re prepared to commit to upkeep. Nick says: ‘Hanging baskets and bedding plants are definitely perfect for people with limited time. Both add wonderful colour to your garden and you just need to remember to water them which gives you more time to just get out there and enjoy the sunshine.’
The one chore that most people loathe come summer time is mowing the lawn and from June it really should be a weekly job. But if the idea fills you with dread, EasyLawns has the perfect solution. The Woodford-based family firm supplies and fits artificial grass.
Owner Paul James says: ‘It’s ideal for the less green-fingered amongst us as it looks fantastic all year round with next to no maintenance, just a sweep once or twice a year after the leaves have fallen.
Paul says business has never been busier as people turn to artificial lawns because of their increasingly busy lives, leaving them less time to dedicate to their gardening.
‘When the sun comes out people want to be able to get out there and make the most of it and our lawns are ready all year around,’ says Paul.
‘Artificial grass doesn’t have to mean a minimalist garden, you can brighten it up with pots of flowers. It looks great and is absolutely no effort at all.’
So whether you’re happy to while away hours, pottering in your garden, or prefer to enjoy its delights from a deck chair, it’s easy to make the most of your outdoor space.
Turnabout Landscapes and Driveways
The Display Area, Abridge Garden Centre, Ongar Road, Abridge RM4 1AA. 01992 577034. www.turnaboutdrives.co.uk