Making the most of any outdoor space
19 May 2017
With next week marking the start of The Chelsea Flower Show, in our latest blog we take a look at how to make the most of any limited space when it comes to working some green-fingered magic.
We all know that keeping areas tidy and aligned can make an area seem a lot larger. If you’ve got a grassed area, keep that central with symmetrical borders (using plants such as pansies, lavender or hardy chrysanthemums). Try using some railway sleepers to create interesting borders to any lawn or gravel area in your garden, giving it a fresh look.
Make the most of pots!
Even if you’re limited to a small patio/terrace, you can get involved in the ‘Good Life’ and grow your own vegetables. Potatoes work brilliantly in wooden tubs or barrels - or even old car tyres! Not only do they taste so much better than supermarket bought ones, you can pick as many or few as you need at the time and not have a bag rotting in your cupboard! Check out this WikiHow for some tips on how to get started: http://www.wikihow.com/Plant-Potatoes-in-Pots
If potatoes aren’t your thing, strawberries, chillies and cherry tomatoes are all great for growing in smaller containers. Check out The Royal Horticultural Society’s site for some helpful pointers: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=527
Limited spaces can appear bigger if filled with tall plants and trees. Think bold and tropical to give your garden or patio that WOW factor. A few to consider include: bamboo, yucca, palm lily, delphinium magic fountains and Portuguese laurel.
Small doesn’t have to mean boring. Pergolas and trellises can frame your garden and create a great view and adding some flowering creepers such as Clematis or Bluebell creepers can turn any size garden into a romantic looking hot-spot.
Window boxes and hanging baskets
Two simple but visually stunning ways of bringing a boost of colour and pizzazz to your outside space. From Petunias and geraniums to Ferns, get creative and make your house stand out. Take a look at Pinterest pages such as this one for inspiration: https://uk.pinterest.com/sahpollock/hanging-baskets-and-window-boxes/?lp=true Remember, hanging baskets need a LOT of watering to keep them looking stunning throughout the summer months.
Create the illusion of space
Mirrors can be extremely effective for small outdoor areas to create the illusion of having a bigger garden/patio or terrace. Ensure they stay looking good by coating them with a waterproof seal. For some ideas, take a look at Pinterest https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/garden-mirrors/?lp=true
For more information on The Chelsea Flower Show and to buy tickets, head to https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show