I used to love gardening before I had the children. And I still do, sort of. I just don't have the time I used to so it tends to run riot. Of course the longer I leave it the worse it gets, until it has more in common with a jungle and I feel completely overwhelmed!
You may have read about last summer's prepping of the garden and my battle with the borders, but this year I am pleased to announce I have learnt from the past few years of mistakes. I am excited to share with you some of my top tips and tricks to help you make your garden look presentable for summer entertaining.
Clear out the rubbish
One of my Mum's favourite expressions is you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. This is true in with a garden. If your grass is waist high or you have weeds breeding in the pots no amount of tricks are going to help cover it up. Just make it presentable; cut the grass, get rid of any weeds and dead plants and generally spend an hour giving it a good clear out. If you find yourself knee deeps in garden rubbish head to the local tip or you can book a rubbish clearance collection to come and take it away for you. Trust me, after that hour the garden will already look so much better.
Plant hardy perennials
Distract the eye
Play with levels
Your garden isn't just floor level. Think of it as a 3D space, Hanging baskets can provide interest at eye level and are super easy to plant with a few inexpensive bedding plants. You can get some really fun hangers too - I bought this butterfly one from Tesco for about £2! You can also hang wind chimes and spinners from trees or add china decorations to your walls or fence. It all adds low maintenance detail. Just remember to pop them away in the shed or garage for safekeeping during the Winter in case we get some strong winds.
Protect your garden furniture
Go potty for pots!
Fairy lights aren't just for Christmas!
So stop avoiding your garden, It won't get any better on it's own trust me! And let me know what hints and tips you have to help create a inviting yet low maintenance summer garden in the comments box below. If you need some more inspiration check out this ultimate guide to starting a garden
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