News — Simple Ways to Transform your Garden
Although the weather continues to remain a bit unpredictable (in true British style!) we’re itching to get outside and tackle our gardens. There are some simple ways to transform your outdoor space, no matter the size. From updating your fencing to adding instant colour, planning for the year ahead, and adding decoration to make a beautiful space. Read on for inspiration.
Plan for the year ahead
Planning your garden can feel like a daunting task, but with a little guidance, you can grow seasonal veg to enjoy all year round. It’s a great way to save money and rewarding too. Give it a try this year by using the book The First-Time Gardener: Growing Vegetables (WHSmith).
WHSmith – The First Time Gardener Growing Vegetables Volume 1 – £13.79
Stay comfortable when planting and weeding with the help of a kneeler and folding seat.
Robert Dyas – Town & Country Memory Foam Kneeler – £14.99
Robert Dyas – Draper Folding Metal Frames Gardening Seat and Kneeler – £37.99
Make growing your own herbs and vegetables easy peasy with these kits from Between The Lines. They contain all you need to get started, including starter growing pots, compost discs, seeds and a booklet containing growing tips.
(L-R) Between The Lines – Grow It – Herb Garden and Rainbow Veg kits – £12.99 each
Freshen up your fencing and furniture
Giving your fencing or outdoor furniture a fresh coat of paint will instantly give your garden a lift. Robert Dyas has a fantastic range of wood, all surface and even glass paint in a variety of colours. Blue and green tones will create a calming space or you could go bold with Thorndown’s Purple Divine!
(L-R) Robert Dyas – Thorndown Wood Paint 150ml in Peregrine Blue, Sedge Green, Purple Divine – £9.99 each
Robert Dyas – Thorndown Peelable Glass Paint 150ml in Limestone – £9.99
Robert Dyas – Rustins All Surface All Purpose Paint 500ml in Satin Grey – £16.32
Make the most of rainwater this year. It’s a great natural way to look after your garden and is easier to do than you think. Pick up a copy of the Rain Garden Planner book (WHSmith) which encourages homeowners to conserve water and create a beautiful and enjoyable home garden, whilst saving water and the natural environment.
WHSmith – Rain Garden Planner – £27.99
If you have the space it’s worth investing in a water butt for your garden. An eco-friendly and cost-effective way of watering.
Robert Dyas – Charles Bentley 100L Slimline Water Butt Set – £45.99
It may sound simple but leave your watering cans upright in the garden. This can collect rain water which can be used the next day for watering. Even better – get the kids involved with this cute watering can from Between The Lines.
Between The Lines – Yellow National trust Watering Can With Frog – £17.00
Add light and colour
Adding decoration and lights to your garden will make it an inviting place to unwind during the summer evenings. Solar lights work well, along with items such as lanterns and flower bed stakes.
Waitrose – Solar White LED Multi Function Bees -£16.49
Between The Lines – Moroccan Souk Blue Hanging Paper Lanterns – 3 Pack – £12.00
Robert Dyas – Smart Garden Starburst Solar Lights – £9.99
Waitrose – Echinacea Plant Stake – Available in short or tall – From £9.74
Robert Dyas – Smart Solar Parasol String Lights – £11.19
Prices are correct at the time of publishing.