A Novice’s Guide To This Summer’s Garden Essentials

As the sun is taking hold of us once again it’s time to invest some spare time, money and recourses into your garden. The design of any garden should be as important as any of the plants and flower. In order to achieve a Gardeners World finish the consideration of placement is essential to any garden project you under take this summer. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a dandy novice a great first step to getting a great looking garden is to identify the angle of the sun during the day, specifically which spots are fully in the sun and for how long. By doing this can determine the gardens focal points and what plants will work best in these sun soaked spots. Some great sun loved flowers that would work well in direct sunlight are your coreopsis, lavender, sedum and eve daisies.

Planting For Your Summer Garden

Investing in a good mix of full-sun tolerant plants as well as full-shade specimens can provide you with a good balance of smells, colours and lengths. Remember that the plants that love basking in the sun will be full of colour and produce a heavy scent. A well thought-out garden can go with themes of colour that may resemble a Monet impressionistic painting, or work in a unified, dramatic display. It’s often best to map out the colour arrangements before planting, this will give you an idea of the overall scheme of your patch. Think about dominant tones found in marigolds and petunias for an impressive collection this summer.

It’s important that your garden has a great mix of flowers, think about how shaded plants can add more colour and depth to your gardens theme. Shady plants aren’t as boring as they sound and they can keep light hidden areas bursting with colour. Consider investing in a few astilbe (False Goats Beard), these can make a creative rainbow bed of flowers, it can work wonders for any over shady spots. These paired with white hostas for a more filled in and rich effect, Hostas offer a splash of colour in their leaves offering blue tones and golden samples.

Another great way to visually stimulate your garden is to introduce some tall lilies, these can look beautiful next to lush ferns and offer the height you might lacking in other plants and flowers. If you want to add some deeper touches get hold of your local garden centres catalogue and search for dramatic colours. You also may want to consider the introduction of ornaments, sola lights, rocks and even a water feature or pond.

Do You Have A Conservatory?

If you are lucky enough to have a conservatory remember that the colours and state of your house will have an impact on the ascetics of your garden. Your conservatory needs to be able to match and fit in with the changes of the seasons, so you can enjoy your hard work all year round. You can use roman blinds ready made to make the most of the weather and garden through the seasons, blinds are a great way of protecting your seeded flowers or house plants through too much direct sun light.

Gardening Takes Dedication

Just remember that a great looking garden cannot take care of its self, and you can dedicate time each day just to be in the space and see what is going on, what plants need attention and which ones need more water or pruning. If you don’t have the time to invest time into your garden every day ensure you spend those summer days doing your upmost to preserve your hard work. The hard work in your garden can pay off when family and friends come round, remember to appreciate you space as well as look after it. 

It’s often said that the more you indulge in your love of gardening the more things you enjoy about your garden. If you follow these essential tips this summer you should end up with a beautiful yet versatile display.

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