A special thanks to Wyevale Garden Centres for contributing this article.
While the garden is a great place to cultivate beautifully coloured flowers and lush, healthy fruit and vegetables, the best way to spend the summer months is in the sun with your feet up.
A stress-free garden is a place that you can retreat to after a long day of work, or on a blissful weekend where your time is your own. But before you can reap the benefits of your relaxing outdoor space, you must first learn how to construct one.
Design is all about personal taste, and you should endeavour to make your space well-suited to your personal requirements, but following some basic advice on setting up your garden will do all but ensure a tranquil atmosphere. All you will have left to do is furnish the area with attractive lawn furniture and fixtures. Here are some of our best tips for a relaxing outdoor space.
Green, green, green
People can spend so much time obsessing over the many different coloured flowers in their garden that they can be guilty of ignoring the lush greenery that surrounds them. Your lawn will be the first thing people notice when entering your garden, and will be where you spend most of your time relaxing — you should make an effort to maintain this lawn as stringently as possible.
The Royal Horticultural Society recommends that you mow twice weekly in the summer, or once weekly in periods of drought. Areas of your lawn that are in shade (perhaps under cover from trees) do not need to be mowed as frequently due to lower moisture and light levels. Never mow grass that is wet or frosty, as this can ruin both your grass and your lawnmower.
Nourishing your lawn with fertiliser is the most effective in spring, and don’t be afraid to disperse more grass seed if there are bare patches — grass should start to sprout after around ten days. Lastly, always edge your lawn after mowing it, as this will improve the presentation of your grass.
For the casual gardener who wishes to spend more time relaxing than digging in the hot sun, there are plenty of easy-grow plants that are just as attractive as the more complex species.
Herbs are generally very easy to grow, whether in the earth or in plant pots, and are great in that they are both visually exciting and great to use in cookery or for fragrance. Lemon Balm, for example, can be grown in sun or shade, responds well to most soil types, looks great, is child and animal friendly, and smells fantastic. These herbs from Wyevale are not only easy to grow, but come with instructions on how best to care for them, which makes the whole process fool-proof.
Your garden doesn’t become redundant when the sun goes down— you can get just as much enjoyment from using it as a night-time space.
First off, you need to think about lighting the area adequately. Purchase some cheap, battery-powered fairy lights from Poundstretcher or your local gadget shop — you are best off buying cheap lights, as they will inevitably get wet and break. If you wish to splash out on waterproof fairy lights, however, there is a great set available at Amazon.
If you want to kill two birds with one stone, burning firewood will generate a great deal of light and heat, so you and your guests can be well lit and stay warm — even as the evening chill starts to creep in.
Our range of firewood is great for burning on a fire pit/chimney/open fire, though you may wish to opt for the chunkier Kiln Dried Logs as these will burn easily, but not too quickly due to the high moisture content in the centre of the wood. This ensures that your fire will last all night, and doesn’t burn out while the evening is still young.
Now that you have the blueprint for a relaxing garden, you can start to think about all the furniture and features that will make it more suited to you — the warm weather doesn’t last for very long in Britain, so be sure to make the most of it.