There's nothing like a little spring gardening to get ready for sunnier days ahead. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, read on for our guide to creating the perfect outdoor oasis. From choosing the right garden furniture for your space, to spring gardening tips you can start trying now. They do say the early bird catches the worm, after all...
1. Start with Spring Cleaning
We’re not talking about dusting off books shelves and running the hoover around. Take your spring cleaning routine outside to get your garden looking as good as new.
Start spring gardening by replenishing plant beds with fertiliser and new compost. The winter rain will have washed away nutrients from the soil, so a little extra effort now will ensure new seeds bloom beautifully come summertime. Rake through new soil to ensure beds are fresh and weed-free, ready for new plants to grow.
For lacklustre lawns in need of a little TLC, start sowing grass seed in early to mid-spring, ready to soak up the pending summer sunshine. The result: green grass just in time for the warmer months (and hopefully, finally, some guests to appreciate all your efforts).
2. Choose Your Garden Furniture
Create a sociable outdoor area with the right garden furniture set, so you’ll be ready for a summer of barbeques. For a laid-back feel, the Zion Large Corner Group Charcoal set will sit perfectly on patios or decking, bringing Balearic vibes to Blighty. It features a cosy, outdoor-friendly corner sofa, complete with side tables and a matching square coffee table.
To create a more formal dining space for entertaining guests, opt for a sleek table and chairs garden furniture set. The Serenity Lead Chine 8 Seat Rectangular Fire-pit Dining Set is guaranteed to impress, and brings an elegant focal point to your patio. Complete with a fire-pit in the centre, it’s a real show-stopper for outdoor entertaining.
For more bijou gardens, the Serenity Lead Chine 3 Seater Sofa Set is easy to style around smaller areas. The set comes with two armchairs and a compact two-seater sofa, so you can rearrange to suit the space. Plus, it’s easy to move around when chasing the setting sun on summer evenings.
3. Plan Your Patio Space
Now you have your furniture set up, use it as the focal point for your spring gardening design. Plan where to grow new plants around your seating area, so you always have a selection of beautiful flowers to look at while relaxing.
Make the most of the space you have. Is there room for a planted border around the patio, or would you prefer a curated selection of flower pots? Map out where you’d like to see your plants, making the most of any hidden corners or unused space. Get creative with different plants, flowers, herbs or even vegetables to create a unique design.
Worried about watering all these new additions? Try a few strategically-placed faux-tanicals dotted around decking with our range of artificial plants.
4. Plant a Rainbow for All Seasons
For flourishing flower beds, plant a mix of seeds and bulbs that thrive in both spring and summer, so your garden blooms with the seasons.
Begin spring gardening with a rainbow of bright tulips, orange pansies, purple crocuses and golden daffodils, which all flower beautifully in spring. Next, prepare summer-blooming bulbs, from freesias to sunflowers, dahlias to peonies. The key is to add joyful pops of bold colour that will show once your spring flowers have retreated for another year.
5. Add Accessories for Personality
Your garden is an extension of your interior style, so don’t be shy about adding personality and flair to garden furniture styling.
If getting ready for lunch al fresco, style up an outdoor table setting with fun tableware, featuring bold prints or vibrant colour. The Flamingo Tray and Set of 4 Flamingo Coasters make the perfect place settings for outdoor summer dining.
To style garden furniture and make it your own, add colourful accents with layers of cushions on an outdoor sofa or individual dining chairs. Don’t forget to keep a couple of coordinating cosy throws nearby, to wrap up in as the sun sets.
6. Channel Vacation Vibes
Prep for those dreamy, ultra-sunny days of summer, when the weather is so good you almost feel like you’re on holiday. Pool or no pool, the Joy Sunlounger will be a welcome addition to any garden; a place to sit back and feel the sun on your skin. Just add a good book.
Got a bit more room? Create a lounging area for two with the Elysium Sunlounger Set. Place the two loungers and table in a cosy corner of the garden or patio, fill a container box with ice and stock up with your favourite drinks to keep everything cool. Simply sit back and relax in the comfort of your very own Ibiza-inspired lounge bar. The best part? No tab at the end of the day. The dream.
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