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Garden Tips and Ideas 2021



Happy Wednesday everyone!

With the arrival of #June and the lovely sunny weather in the UK in the last couple of days, it’s time to sit back and relax in our #gardens. The good news is that there is plenty to do there during the long #summer days – throw a garden party, grill up some dinner, invite friends, have summer cocktails, relax with a nice book or just enjoy the fresh air and lovely weather in your beautiful garden!

Therefore, our VG Homes Team has compiled for you a useful #guide with some fabulous Garden Tips & Design Ideas to help you make the best of your outdoor space and get it ready for the upcoming summer months ahead of us!

Whether you are looking for new garden #landscaping ideas to completely transform your outdoor space, or you wish more tailored garden design inspiration ideas like, for example, garden furniture, paving, lights, plants, decking, etc., we've got you covered!

Look below and we’re sure you’ll find something to inspire you to transform your garden, whether it's big or small, which in turn will help you boost your property value too!

So, it’s a #win-win!

Tip #1 - Take a note, make a plan and seek #inspiration

First of all, if you want to create the garden of your dreams, attention to detail is everything!

Start with assessing your garden space by making a list of what needs to be divided, replaced or if a plant is too big or small for a particular spot. You can visit botanical gardens, public parks or participate in garden tours to seek inspiration and look for varieties and combinations that might work good together for you too. Whether it's a small #garden, long and narrow garden, #cottage garden or courtyard garden, you should observe where and at what times of the day different parts of the garden gets light and sun and of course, think about what you want to use your garden for – planting and growing vegetables, sunbathing, eating alfresco or simply sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea on a sunny morning?

Tip #2 – Lawn shapes

Look out of your window at your garden and the biggest shape you'll probably see is your lawn. It needs to be a good, strong shape to set the entire garden on the right track. And remember, think outside of box - it doesn't have to be a rectangle – try an oval, circle, square, etc whatever will work for you!

Tip #3 – Paving Styles

The colour and style of your paving and the way it is laid can provide a strong design direction for the entire garden. For instance, grey or white stone laid in a random pattern will set the scene for a French country look. Black or silver paving organised in a regular design will form the perfect backdrop to a sleek and modern scheme, while golden stone arranged in a mixed pattern creates an English country feel.

What’s more, you can create a beautiful scheme by coordinating your plants with your choice of paving. For example:

· Grey or white stone looks great with purple and white blooms

· Black and silver paving looks amazing with strong colours such as red, orange and yellow

· Golden paving works with flowers that have soft tones – pink, lavender, and chalky yellow.

Tip #4 – Decking Ideas

Looking for decking ideas? If you have an uneven or sloping garden, decking is an ideal and cost-effective option for levelling it out. Decking can also have split levels and include steps, making it the ideal space for dining furniture.

Tip #5 – Furniture – It’s all about the comfort

If you have smaller courtyards and/or patios, you better go for flexible folding furniture, or bench seating that can be tucked under a dining table when not in use. L-shaped sofas can be surprisingly compact but have a luxurious outlook feel. Larger spaces can take full-on seating sets, with matching chairs, sofas and tables; sun loungers and day beds, or on-trend hanging chairs or swing seats. Invest in a good garden furniture set that will last for years to come. Consider the space and allow enough room for each person to be able to sit comfortably and pull out their chair without bouncing anything. And remember, you'll also need room to walk around the table with everyone seated. It takes up much more space than you might think!

If, for example, you can’t move your three-piece suite indoors over winter, buy furniture covers to protect and extend its life. And whatever garden furniture you buy, don't forget to accessorise with outdoor cushions for extra comfort and cosiness!

Tip #6 – Brunch Table

Make the most of a sheltered spot next to your house for a leisurely brunch table, especially if the sun gets too hot by the time lunch comes. Keep the look casual with dining benches and woven furniture that has a rustic feel, while building up layers of colour and texture adds to the relaxed mood. You can brunch favourites on wooden platters or boards and choose tableware that has an artisan feel. Bring in large plants in pots to help with shade – they’ll also help create the sense of an outdoor room.

Tip #7 – Fire pits

And let's not forget other garden must-haves! Make the most of your garden with an outdoor seating area complete with fireplace, firepit, patio heaters, chiminea and barbeques – perfect for relaxing once the sun goes down, planning space for these is key, as is where they will be stored once its winter.

Tip #8 - Living walls

Living walls are becoming more popular in garden designs, providing a great way to embrace vertical planting and create maximum drama in your outdoor space. You can position a living wall anywhere, just remember to choose the right plants for that part of the garden, just as you would with a border. There are plenty of green wall kits and living wall planters available too, so shop around to find one that best suits your space.

Alternatively, using your garden walls for planting – whether it's with a trellis or containers – is a great way to create an instant living wall. Using climbing plants and wall shrubs such as clematis, roses, honeysuckle or wisteria, will add a vertical element to your outside space.

Tip #9 - Lightning

Speaking of lighting, don't underestimate how important it is to create atmosphere in your garden. In exactly the same way that you layer up indoor lighting, do the same in the garden and choose a variety of sources, from standing lights and table lamps, to candle lanterns and draped bulb strings. 'Outdoor lights and a firepit mean that you can continue to enjoy your space even when the sun sets or if the weather isn’t quite what you hoped. Whether it's fairy lights or lanterns dotted along a garden path, the lights you choose will bring character, ambience and atmosphere to your space – and it's essential for dining alfresco well into the evening.

Tip #10 – Use your imagination and create your dream garden!

We hope you have found inspirational innovative ideas for your garden in our guide! If you wish to receive more of our weekly home decor tips & ideas straight into your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter here and we’ll make sure you get your weekly dose of home #décor inspiration!

Alternatively, if you’re looking to move and a beautiful garden is on the top of your wish list, contact our Lanark branch and our estate agents will give you more information about our properties currently on the market for sale benefiting from huge, modern & stylish gardens, patios & terraced gardens!

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Team VG Homes

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