Give Your Garden New Life With These Fantastic Features

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Summer is just around the corner, and what better time to give your garden some TLC and hone those green-fingered skills? If your backyard is looking a little drab or tired, or you long to relax and recline in a space reminiscent of those featured in glossy magazine shots, here are some tips to help you breathe new life into your garden and create the backyard of your dreams.

Chill out

Many of us enjoy nothing more than kicking back and chilling out in the fresh air after a busy week at work or a long day with the kids. Being outside, especially in the summer months, can help you to feel calm. If you don’t have a spot ripe for relaxation at the moment, why not create a chill out zone to retreat to when you need to recharge those batteries? You don’t have to have a huge garden to do this. All you need is a corner where you can hang a hammock, throw down some floor cushions or place a couple of old-fashioned rocking chairs. Add some plants with soothing properties like lavender, some fairy lights, and some outdoor LED candles, and you’re good to go.

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Water features

Water features add interest to any garden. Whether you have an overgrown, charming English country garden or a chic, contemporary low-maintenance backyard, there’s always room for a water feature. There’s a huge range of options to choose from, and you can select a style that matches the theme and aesthetic of your garden. If you’ve got a very modern space, you could go for a waterfall cascading over glass bricks. In contrast, a rustic pond would work brilliantly in a traditional garden. If you’re interested in water features, have a look in some magazines and online for ideas, and visit some garden centers for inspiration. If you’re considering creating a pond in the backyard, and you want to add fish or aquatic plants, it’s a good idea to investigate windmill pond aerators. These devices add oxygen to the water, creating a healthier environment for both plants and fish. With any kind of water feature, there may be a safety risk, so ensure your waterfall or pond is cordoned off if you have small children.

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Pools and tubs

If you’re lucky to have a large garden and you live in a country where you’re blessed with sunny climes, you may be thinking about investing in a pool. Swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes, and they can provide an incredible focal point in your backyard. Go for a freeform pool if you’re after something fun or unique or an infinity pool if you’re looking to emanate that luxe vibe. Once you’ve got your pool in place, you can celebrate those long, sun-soaked days in style by adding a patio or a decked area with sun loungers, hammocks or deck chairs. If you don’t have enough space for a pool, you don’t have to give up on the dream of being able to dip your toes in the water when the sun’s shining. Hot tubs don’t take up a lot of space, and they’re the perfect addition to your backyard whether you’re keen to party in the great outdoors or you want to create a tranquil outdoor space.

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Many of us love to invite friends and family around to celebrate the sunshine and spend some quality time together. If you’re known as the king or queen of the barbecue, or you can mix a mean cocktail, there’s nothing better than having a dedicated al fresco entertaining space. Whether you’ve got a huge garden or a bijou backyard, there are options to suit everyone. Stick to a simple table and chairs set on a cute decked area scattered with potted trees and lanterns if you’re short on space or go the whole hog with a gazebo, a sofa set, and some outdoor heaters. If you’re keen to impress, you could set up an outdoor grilling station and a bar. Have fun with personalized signs and match your seating and garden furniture to the style of the garden. If you’ve got a modern space, hanging egg chairs and sleek plastic side tables work well. If you’ve got a more traditional vibe going on, rattan sets are a brilliant choice. It’s worth taking a trip around some garden centers to have a look at what’s on offer and get a feel for how different sets and pieces would fit in your garden. It’s also a good idea to shop online, as you can often a wider variety of items, and you may be able to save money.

Floral displays

If you’re a keen gardener, you probably look forward to the spring and summer months when buds open, and the backyard is in bloom. If you’re a fan of color, there are so many plants to choose from, and you don’t even need to worry about planting seeds or bulbs if you’re not green-fingered. You can buy shrubs and plants that are ready to go straight into the ground, and all you need to do to maintain a beautiful display is water the soil on a regular basis. If you have a small garden, you can still have flowerbeds. Make use of the space by adding split levels and raised beds or use innovative ideas like window boxes mounted onto fence panels. Sites like Pinterest are great if you’re short on ideas. You don’t have to have flowerbeds to have a colorful garden. You can also fill planters or create a rockery.

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If your garden has seen better days or you dream of spending the summer in a beautiful backyard, now is the time to inject some new life into your outdoor space. Be creative, have a look around for ideas and inspiration, and think about what you want to get out of your garden. Celebrate your style, and start planning the look of your new garden. You don’t have to have loads of space or a limitless budget to design something incredible. Even simple changes can make a world of difference.

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