Top 6 Tips for Turning your Garden into a Beautiful Oasis
Updated: Oct 16
It is fair to say that many of us romanticise over the idea of having a garden where we can destress, chill out and escape the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.
During these unprecedented times - when a large proportion of the population has been forced to spend more time at home for much longer than they usually would – gardens have truly become real life sanctuaries for many of us. Whether you have been exercising in the outdoors, growing fresh produce, gardening, reading or sunbathing, 2020 has really made homeowners love and adore what garden they have more than ever before.
This year may have made many people realise that they want to spend more time in their garden, but the reality is that it has not been very well looked after and is in need of some TLC.
Here we have shared some simple gardening tips and tricks to help you transform your garden into a perfect oasis!
1. Make a plan!
Start by thinking about what you need from your garden and visualize how you’d want your garden to look. Decide what kind of style and atmosphere you would like to create.
There’s a lot of garden inspiration and theme ideas in magazines or online, such as Gardener’s World or Countryfile. You can even use social platforms like Pinterest to start a mood board of your favourite images and ideas.
2. Clean the clutter!
Whatever plans you decide on, clear the mess! Start by removing old items and clutter that are not conducive to your plans and your vision for your new outdoor sanctuary.
Reorganise your garden by clearing out the clutter and trimming overgrown plants. Sweep away leaves and debris. Things that do not belong in the garden should also be removed or replaced. You could consider selling any old items you no longer want on Ebay or similar platforms. This will help you make some extra cash which you can in turn invest into new items for the garden.
3. Decorate the den!
There are several elements that can help create a beautiful garden, regardless of the size you are working with. Like a room in the house, start by picking a colour. Colour adds a vibrant feel to your garden. It can come from flowers, shrubs, pottery, furniture and lighting. Naturally, the most dominant colour in any garden will be green. Pick some bright colours to match that help reflect the style and personality you are trying to inject into the space.
4. Pick your plants!
Whether you are an avid gardener, horticulturalist or brand new to the green game – visiting a nursey is a great first step to take. The staff at the shop will talk you through the different types of flowers and plants that will best suit what you are looking for. They can also advise on what works with each different season, and really help you get started.
Flowers and green space is proven to help reduce a person’s stress levels. They can help you achieve a more optimistic outlook on life, generate happiness and increases energy levels.
Whether you have green fingers or not, it is essential to add some flowers, shrubs, potted plants or trees for they will not only bring life to your garden, but also to your self as an induvial.
5. Furniture fun!
Picking out some comfy chairs and/or tables is a great next step. Depending on how much space you have to work with, make sure you make some room to relax and enjoy the area. Measure up before you shop online or in store for some new furniture. Choose furniture that is attractive, functional, stylish and that fits the space too.
6. Light the place up!
Keen to create more ambiance and add a little bit of magic to your garden?
Adding some garden lighting is the key! Adding lights can really make the garden a special place to relax, in particular at night time once the sun has gone down. Consider some of the options below:
· String Lights
· Path Lights
· Garden Lanterns
· Flood Lights
Try and use LED solar-powered lights as these are energy efficient and last much longer. Use warm light rather than white as it will give a softer glow to your garden. LED lights can be especially useful during the summer in the UK where we have more hours of sunlight to power them during the day, making them come alive in the night.
Remember, your garden transformation doesn’t have to be costly. All you need is an eye for detail, a bit of imagination and some creativity. Happy gardening!