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Love your Garden!

Love your Garden!

Gardening has the potential to be a fun and rewarding experience. On the other hand, there are also times when you can become downright frustrated at an overall lack of progress. It is very true that a “green thumb” is normally required to enjoy a great deal of success. However, it can also be argued that the commitment aimed towards this pastime is equivalent to the happiness that you will ultimately enjoy. The trick is to find a balance between knowledge and for lack a better word, love. Let’s take a look at how this can be accomplished.

Step by step 

Never believe that you will become an expert overnight. Whether referring to a patio installation, planting fruit trees or adding shrubbery to the perimeter, the fact of the matter is that there is normally a steep learning curve if you expect to make progress. Take baby steps and be patient. One way to accomplish this is to only attempt projects that you can handle. Many make the mistake of trying to transform their garden in one fell swoop. Break your tasks down and think through any project in your head before you pick up a rake or shovel.

Your Garden, Your Personality

In order for you to love your garden, you should always strive to make it reflect your unique tastes. This is important for two reasons. First, you will be able to approach any task with enthusiasm and verve. Such attitudes will provide you with the motivation necessary to complete even the most challenging of tasks. The other point to be made here is how you emotionally feel when in your garden. This area should boast less of a pragmatic design. Instead, it is associated with a place of refuge and relaxation. In this sense, think a bit outside of the box if you feel that conventionality does not fit. When you begin to personally identify with your garden, you will quickly learn that anything is possible.

Learn Your Speciality

There can be many different areas that you wish to eventually address. Some common concerns include: Masonry, Landscaping, Growing fruits and vegetables, Privacy, Ambient lighting…

Never believe that you will be able to master each discrete subject. Instead, focus upon a specific task that you feel the most comfortable with. Part of loving your garden is realising that there is nothing wrong with enlisting the help of a trained professional when required.

Get Family and Friends Involved

A final way to become immersed within your garden is to enlist the aid of family and friends. Not only can this provide some much-needed help on occasion, but you might even find that others have some unique ideas that are perfectly applicable with your desires. Always remember that a garden is meant to be a social gathering place. Asking others to become involved will imbue any project with a sense of collaboration. Without love, your garden will simply be another small plot of land. Much like your home, this area should be viewed as an extension of yourself and those around you. If you keep these suggestions in mind during your next project, a sensation of love and oneness will not be far off!

How to design your garden?

How to design your garden?

Whatever you want from your garden, it should be a place to enjoy that brings you pleasure throughout the year. Before embarking on your garden project, look in books and garden centres for inspiration, or even take a non-intrusive look at gardens around you! Here are some ideas to get you started.

What do you want from your garden?

Will it be a safe haven for relaxing in or a working garden providing you with a source of food? It’s worth finding out what type of soil you have, especially if you are thinking of planting vegetables as you may need to give it a boost with certain composts or fertilisers to get the best out of it. There is something very satisfying about eating your own home-grown fruit and veg and you don’t need a lot of space to do this successfully. Tomatoes can be strung along fences, potatoes can be grown in big tubs, and even the smallest garden can host a tasty range of hardy herbs which will thrive year after year.

Notice where the garden gets most sun to ensure shade-loving plants are not dehydrated and those that thrive in full sun are planted accordingly.

Plan your view

A good strategy is to look out of each window in your home that overlooks the garden and decide what you would like to see from there. From lower levels, you can get a good idea of how tall plants may obscure others further back or whether large shrubs or trees would block out light from ground-floor rooms. From upper storeys you can plan the layout, decide on pathways and which parts of the garden you may wish to accentuate with colour or furniture.

Low or high maintenance?

All gardens require a certain amount of work and commitment and if you have the time (and enthusiasm), that’s fantastic! A high maintenance garden is not practical or preferable for everyone though, and there are many ways you can create a beautiful garden design without needing to put in constant hours of labour. Herbaceous borders can be packed with plants which will take care of themselves and only require annual pruning to look tidy. Ground covering shrubs will keep weeds to a minimum and incorporating perennials and bulbs means you won’t need to plant out new borders each year. Clever use of pathways lined with attractive stone edging will create interest especially when bordered by ornamental grasses, and decorative paved areas can be used for displaying patio pots of flowers or garden sculptures to create a conversation piece.

Bee friendly

Always try to plant some bee-friendly flowers in your garden. These vital creatures are in decline in many parts of the country so it’s important we encourage them into our gardens. Flowers with flat, open heads such as Echinacea are ideal as well as bell-shaped flowers like foxgloves or penstemons. A water feature will attract insects which in turn will entice an exciting range of wildlife and you don’t need to install a lake or a fountain for this! A tub-pond, stone basin or even a birdbath will encourage beneficial insects and birds to your garden which will not only be excellent for your plants, but also bring you many hours of pleasure.