The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and we’re seeing even more sun in the sky. It can all mean only one thing – spring is very much here.
After the false dawn of the warm spell in February, it feels like the new season is here to stay. The garden is the perfect place to enjoy those warmer days and longer evenings, so we’ve put together some top tips that will help with your spring improvements and make your outdoor space the ideal spot to enjoy everything the season has to offer.
Give it a scrub
Just like every other room in your home, the garden needs a good scrub every now and then. Spring is the perfect time to do just that, especially as you’ll be spending a lot of time there over the coming months. A pressure washer will give the garden path and patio area a clean from all the muck and grime that can come with winter. One with various attachments can also help save time when it comes to cleaning the car – leaving you even more time to enjoy outside!
Add some colour with plants
Plants and flowers add brilliant bursts of colours throughout the garden. Get to your local garden centre and purchase those that are ready to bloom in spring so that you can reap the rewards instantly. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
- Wallflower ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ (Erysimum) - bright and vibrant purple in colour, it flowers from spring to late autumn, perfect to plant now and enjoy right up to October
- Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) - great for brightening up a darker corner or bringing out the colours of other flowers. Plus, they’ll grow easily anywhere
- Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’ (Magnolia x loebneri) - the pink rose petals form a star when flowered. Frost resistant, perfect for chillier spring mornings, but keep out of the morning sun
- Grape hyacinth ‘Valerie Finnis’ (Muscari armeniacum) - baby blue in colour, this plant will add another level of bright to your garden and are easy to plant anywhere
Watch this great video from Tong Garden Centre on how best to pack your flower containers with vibrant plants.
We’ve got a wonderful, diverse range of wildlife in our country. From different species of birds and bees to insects and hedgehogs. It’s brilliant to have any or all of them in your outdoor space.
Plants and flowers (like some of the ones we’ve mentioned above) can be a great way of attracting wildlife, insects and bees in particular, but there are plenty of other ways you can attract even more.
Dobbies has a huge range of products that can encourage birds and other animals. Hanging feeders and fat balls are great if you’ve got trees in your garden. Alternatively, standalone bird tables scattered with seeds can also be a good way to attract your new feathered friends to the garden.
An increase in insects and other creepy crawlies can also encourage hedgehogs to your garden and a hedgehog house or igloo can keep them safe and sheltered from predators.
Furniture and accessories
Spending more time in your garden enjoying the space means you’ll need the furniture and accessories.
What you’ll need is very much dependent on the size you’ve got to work with. There are a range of options out there, but we really like the John Lewis & Partners Dante Outdoor Furniture Range. The line is made from synthetic wicker over a metal frame, making it a durable and easy to maintain option. At the very least, we recommend a table and chair set like this so you can enjoy alfresco dining with the family.
If you’ve got more space, then a statement chair or lounger is a great place to soak up the sun. Both will give you the perfect excuse to unwind with a book or magazine on a warm afternoon.
After spending the time getting your garden just right, you’ll want to make the most of it well into the evening. When the temperature dips slightly, a portable firepit or chiminea that you can move depending on where you’re sitting, is a great way to stay warm and cosy, whilst still being in the great outdoors.
From simple but effective fire pits to statement pieces, there is a huge selection out there.