Look out of your window at your garden, can you imagine sipping wine in the hazy late afternoon sun out there? If you can’t, you’ve fallen out of love with you garden and you’re feeling uncomfortable about the thought of inviting friends around as the weather warms up. It might be time for a garden spring clean.
There are so many easy ways you can update your outside space without the upheaval or expense of a complete redesign. Sometimes it can be as simple as rearranging your garden furniture, adding a splash of colour or some lighting.
Use a jet-washer to clean your paths and paving and you’ll be amazed at the results. Buy a new bag of gravel to quickly smarten up paths and do the same for any bark areas.
If you have existing flower borders give them a weed and a refresh. To keep weeds down and to make the beds look tidy, put a layer of compost or mulch on top of the soil, spreading it around any existing plants.
Think about painting your fences to instantly change the look of your garden. If you have garden furniture add some new cushions for a quick and easy splash of colour.
Buy new plant pots or paint old ones and by adding hanging plants and decorations you can instantly brighten a dull looking garden.
As darkness falls, your garden can become a magical space if you use lighting. String fairy lights or hang colourful lanterns. You can light up your dining table with a big lamp or candles. And for a real magical effect try edging a path with tea lights in jam jars.
If you already have a fire pit or fire bowl make it a stylish centrepiece for the garden by day as well as a hub of warmth and light in the evening.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.