With long evenings spent by the BBQ and bright mornings ideal for sunbathing, spending the scorching summer of 2018 in our gardens was a welcome treat. There’s no doubt that we fell in love with our gardens again, but with the wear and tear of a summer of fun, our outside spaces may have ended up looking a little tired.
Now is the perfect time to get your garden ready for the summer ahead. Here’s some inspiration for renovating your garden this year:
Maximise the space
With temperatures set to be just as warm this year, optimising the space in your garden is a must. Whether you want to lay out towels for sunbathing or pitch a gazebo for some welcome shade, it’s a good idea to clear your garden of unnecessarily large accessories and furniture. Built-in seating is a great way to keep a sizeable lawn whilst still having places to sit and relax.
To elongate the space, grow your plants on trellises. Or, if you have a small garden, take your foliage off the ground completely with planters that attach to your fence- either way, you’ll maximise the floor area in your garden.
When the sun is shining, the colours in our outdoor spaces become even more vibrant. Why not revamp your tired old fence with a lick of colourful paint? You could go for a two-tone effect, using different shades of pastel blue or two bright contrasting colours.
The best way to add colour to your garden is, of course, using beautiful blooming plants. Use a mix of plants that flower at different times of year- choose snowdrops for late winter flowers, tulips for early spring bloom and late-flowering perennials like echinaceas to enjoy in the late summer. For colour all year round, choose winter-flowering varieties like heather and cyclamen.
Reuse and recycle
If you enjoying spending time in the great outdoors, you’ll appreciate just how important it is to look after the environment. So, rather than buying flimsy plastic furniture which you replace year after year, why not build something more long-lasting? Wooden pallets are robust and make for the perfect DIY furniture building material. Pallets are also ideal for constructing planters and vegetable trugs.
For a quirky look, transform an old chest of drawers into a unique planter or use old plastic bottles to grow fresh herbs and salad vegetables.
With a full garden makeover, you can create an outside space to proudly entertain guests all summer long. Garden designers are predicting some big trends for 2019, including environmentally-conscious spaces which not only incorporate reclaimed materials and grow-your-own fruit and veg, but are also designed to cope with extreme weather conditions so that we can be self-sufficient all year round.
‘Wild’ gardens are bang on-trend for 2019. Replace your well-trimmed hedges and perfectly shaped shrubs with a miniature wild meadow filled with colourful perennials and soft grasses. Wild gardens require very little maintenance too- it’s a win-win!
If you need to clear out your bulky garden furniture to make space for garden games, or you want to totally re-landscape your outside space for the summer ahead, it’s essential that you dispose of your waste properly.
At Brewsters, we’re an accredited zero landfill waste disposal company based in the heart of London, offering a range of services from residential skip hire to commercial food waste removal. So, whether you’re maximising the space in your small urban garden or giving your business’ outdoor area a revamp, call Brewsters on 020 7474 3535 to hire a skip today and ensure that your waste is managed responsibly and sustainably.