Is there a better feeling in the world than the first signs of spring? We have been graced with the angelic blooms of snowdrops following the start of the new year and now, the sunshine yellow of daffodils and colourful tulips are welcoming us warmly into the Easter period. The clocks jumping forward is only a week away (hello longer evenings!) and the mornings are slowly growing lighter too – spring is finally on its way.
While you may have managed a few updates around the home in preparation for the new season, the garden on the other hand, may not be looking its best! With the sun beginning its descent behind the clouds as early as 3pm in the afternoon, the temperature rarely rising above 5 degrees and the onslaught of snow taking hold, tackling the garden and attempting to keep those winter weeds at bay becomes a little more tricky. But as these bitterly cold months slowly come to an end, it’s time to get outside, brave the early spring forecasts and prepare the garden before those glorious (here’s hoping!) summer months arrive.
Whether you have a sprawling country garden, a small allotment down the road, an apartment balcony dotted with window boxes or a modest front garden, here are a few simple garden updates that can be made now, so you’re all ready to make the most of the spring sunshine to come.
A sure sign that spring is on its way. If you can’t help but admire your neighbour’s garden or the wild picture-postcard meadows that boast blankets of colourful flowers, buying a variety of different bulbs now is a great way to ensure you create your own enviable display!
From crocuses in March to tulips throughout April and May, and alliums in June, all of these perennial varieties are easy to grow and will come back year after year in early spring. Plant in large pots or scatter them in your garden and they’ll bloom happily where they fall.
Potted plants make an ideal and inexpensive alternative if you’re looking to fill a few gaps in your garden, spruce up your patio, make your front porch that little bit more welcoming, or you’re not terribly green-fingered! From chives and rosemary to lavender and thyme, large pots will provide the perfect home for other spring perennial plants including narcissus, bleeding hearts and tulips, too.
a lick of paint
For those living in a rented property or terraced house, you’ll know that a fence can make the world of difference when it comes to the look and feel of your garden. While it may not be possible to take it down or replace it with a more attractive alternative, there are a number of ways in which they can be improved!
Climbing flowers – from roses to star jasmine, clematis and wisteria – are all great options for hiding a multitude of unattractive sins, whilst giving your fence a lick of paint will provide it with a new lease of life too.
make an entrance
It’s surprising the positive effect that painting your front door can make to your entrance or front garden. An easy job for the weekend – pot and plant flowers that complement your new colour choice for an inviting and picturesque transformation.
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All Farrow & Ball L-R Railings | Cardroom Green | Bone | Brinjal | Pink Ground
Opt for a subtle spring hue like Pink Ground, something neutral like Bone, or something bold like Railings for a colourful entrance guests will remember.
The sound of birds singing, bees buzzing and next door’s lawnmower are all welcoming sounds of spring. If you’re wanting to create a haven for wildlife in your own garden, there are a number of flowers that will help to attract them. From the really tall (sunflowers) and the great climbers (honeysuckle) to the beautifully scented (thyme & lavender) and the nectar-rich (purple loosestrife & ice plant).
While you may enjoy sitting out in the garden with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, the thought of weeding, potting and planting may not hold quite the same appeal, so why not bring the beautiful outdoors in with our nature-inspired accessories?