Summer is something we all want a little more of. When it comes to spending as much time outside as we want, often just a splash of rain makes us feel like the car just isn’t up to service and we have to stay in. Getting out of this habit is hard to do when the wind is swirling outside and there’s far too much damp in the air! Yet, there’s no better place to try out your natural ambitions than your garden.
Just because we’re still in winter doesn’t mean we can’t be dreaming of those summer rays, ice creams in the mid afternoon, lounging at lunchtime, and most importantly: how our garden is going to look. And this has plenty of advantages to it! When it comes to hobbies, gardening is one of the most healthy ones to take up, as you’re outside often and getting your hands dirty, meaning you’re never going to be still. Sounds perfect for that summer feeling already, doesn’t it?
Imagine all the parties you could host, the family barbecues, the scavenger hunts that can get the kids interested… So if you’re wishing more vegetables, fruits, and flowers on yourself, here’s some things to be done. Take a few hours out on a sunny day to try out a few of these tips; your landscape will thank you for it!
The General Upkeep of Rules
When you have a garden space to work with, you need it to be practical and pretty at the same time. You can do that easily with a few considerations to start off with.
Make sure any paths you have are wide enough to walk down, and keep any overgrown plants trimmed back from disturbing the walkers. Similarly, if you have an outside space that isn’t equal in its height considerations, make sure you put some steps in that ascend in a way that isn’t impossible to get the leg reach for! You want people to easily stand up and stay standing when they’re spending an afternoon in your space, so make it practical to stroll around without losing your breath, and don’t go too wild without any direction to work with!
Summer-y Flowers You Can Plant in Winter
To start off your summer paradise garden, it’s time to include a little bit of the feeling of summer nostalgia into what you’re currently working with. And don’t worry, there’s plenty! Winter is a time in which you can cultivate plenty of plant life, but often people don’t understand that. Of course you can wait until spring to try and open up your bedding options a little more, but you might as well paint yourself a pretty picture now with a few seeds from the gardening center.
Yet, there’s a lot of color you can inject into an otherwise frozen landscape with some hardy flowers and a bit of the right soil. Something like Pansies will be a much welcome addition to your pots and boxes, and they can be planted anywhere you think could use them. They also flower a lot longer than any other kind of winter flower, all the way into the spring!
You could also try out some Primrose flowers, as they no longer tend to just flower during the spring. Plant them now and you’ve got plenty of new colors and scents to explore when you’re outside; or you could even just seed some in your window box to have a lighter and brighter conservatory.
Use Symmetry to Your Advantage
This is one of the most basic principles of landscaping, but it’s often something people miss out on when they’re designing their garden. Nature itself has a lot of symmetry to it, and by recreating that in our own plans, we can make our gardens look a lot more balanced. So always strive to have mirroring to your space, but make sure you still plant the things you want to see!
Try duplicating any moves you make on each side of a garden, and particularly surrounding walls or pathways. Yet, you don’t always have to have the same plants or objects on either side of the area, just similar looking plants and flowers to keep the space similarly occupied. So it’s really no bother if you can’t pick up another version of that brown clay pot from the shop that was on a reduced to clear sale!
Humans tend to like order around them, but this can be created in any way you can think of. The same kind of plants on either side? The same colors? Trees to frame the two back corners of the fence? Whatever you’re working with, try to keep it balanced.
Create an Area to Socialize
When you’re outside in the garden, you’re going to want a place that’s warm and dry to stand in, with something firm and non muddy underneath you. This is where you can set up a table with a parasol to hide from the sun under, enjoying crisp drinks and your food uninterrupted by bees and wasps.
One of the best ways to do this is to build a deck, as they’re easy to keep clean and protect from the weather. Get some decking builders in your backyard to have a professional job made of your reclining area, and it can even be cheaper due to the amount of experience in working with the materials!
Based on the space you’re working with you can even create a split level, with your socializing area beneath the rest of the garden in the shade and away from the harshest weathers. It means your plant materials won’t get as disturbed by all the people dancing back and forth across your space!
Got a Smaller Garden?
When it comes to having a small garden, you’re going to have to depend on minimizing everything you want to plant in your space. You’re not going to have any breathing room, nevermind the kids having a place to play otherwise! However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make as good use of the area compared to people with bigger gardens.
Smaller gardens need to make much more use of the sun, as this dictates where your plants should go and only go. The rest of the space can be used for that brickwork you’ve been meaning to lay down since you moved in, or the greenest lawn you’ve ever seen in your life.
Even if you only have a window box or a small greenhouse to your name, it can still be the prettiest sight you’ve ever seen in your life! If you have a bit more space than the window pane to your name, you can repurpose a garden pallet into a planter for your herbs of multiple types. Stick some blackboard sheets on the front and you can chalk the different names in and out whenever you use up a certain seed.
Don’t Forget the Front Garden!
When it comes to having curb appeal, this is where you could shine! Of course, seeing as we’re still in winter now, there doesn’t seem to be much you can do, but in fact there’s plenty of planning to be done. And this is also a place where symmetry really comes into its own!
Plant some flowers, or wall climbing plants either side of the door to frame it, and make sure they’re equally balanced on either side. Keep the path to your door central, and try not to pave anything around it (it’s just a lot more upkeep at the end of the day!). You can easily fill in the rest of the space with stones or shingle material, which can still be easily walked on and become a place to park the car.
Depending on where you live, there might be a general theme amongst front gardens, so make sure you’re workin within that as well. If your neighborhood is firmly balanced into the green side of things, get some nice hedges or spiralling bushes to frame the front of your house. Or if there’s little plant life amongst you, place some pots down with subtle colors in them onto the rest of the paving. Your front garden is your area to shine, so take care of it!
It’s Your Space to Work with!
Your summer paradise is right around the corner if you want it bad enough! Do whatever you want with your garden, and add a little harmony to your space by incorporating some of the tips above. You can even rope the kids in to having some fun playing in the mud in the backyard, and include their ideas within the bulk of your gardening plans.
On the other hand, you could go completely wild with your space and design it however you want to. Or maybe not even at all! Creativity comes in many forms, and there’s no better adventure than digging your way through overgrown plants to find that one dog toy you lost months ago.