Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Keep your garden looking great in summers!

The summer temperatures can work havoc on your garden, but this does not mean that you cannot have a stunning garden in summers. On the contrary, you can create a beautiful summer garden by keeping a few things in mind.
·       Take a good look at the space where you wish to create your garden. Make note of levels and also of spots that have shade and sunlight.
·       Choose a garden type. You can either go for an informal style or a formal garden laid out geometrically.
·       You must design your garden on paper before you start working on your garden. This will give you a fair idea of how things will end up looking and a bit of planning will save you many hours of hard work.
·       Trim your garden before you start. This will give a neat look to your outdoor space.
·       Prepare the soil before you start planting. Add manure and work it well into the soil.
·       Choose your plants wisely. Mix perennials and annuals so that something is blooming all summer long. Try using a lot of native plants in your design as they require less water and are less prone to insect infestation. Flowering plants will help add some colour to a summer garden. Zinnia, bougainvillea, marigold and roses are some of the blooms that will keep your garden lively through the heat.
·       Don't be afraid to combine edibles with ornamentals. Different coloured lettuces make attractive edging along a pathway. Kale, with its pale blue leaves, can be planted in containers and combined with annuals for a showy look.
·       Adding a 2-inch-deep layer of mulch over your soil is one of the best things you can do for your garden. The mulch blankets the ground, shielding the soil from the sun. This keeps it cooler, so your plant roots are happier, and prevents moisture loss from evaporation.
·       You can mix beauty with practicality by planting a few herbs and vegetables as well as flowers.
·       Arrange your shrubs in a tier position, starting with small ones to larger ones. This can create the effect of layers and gives height to your garden.
·       Plant some bright coloured flowers in containers so that they can be moved around easily.
·       Add hard-surfacing. You’ll use your garden more if you put down firm, flat surfaces, particularly where you set out garden furniture. As well as keeping your feet clean and dry, chairs and tables won’t wobble, which makes meals outside more of a pleasure.
·       Water your plants and lawn area regularly but remember not to overdo it as too much water can cause more problems than you can imagine.
·       Border your lawns with hedges to define your green area as well as to give it a neat look.
·       If water is an issue, you can add a rock garden with native plants to your existing garden as rock gardens are low maintenance.
·       To enjoy your garden, you need to create a space to sit. Construct a gazebo or a pergola. You may even place garden benches in key positions to enjoy the scenery.
·       Add a water feature to your summer garden. A fountain or a waterfall works well. You may even build a small lotus pond with a few fish in it. Don’t forget to add a fancy bird bath to the garden.
·       No garden is complete without pathways or walkways. Choose winding pathways made of natural stone, sand, gravel etc.
·       Add garden accessories like statues, stone figures of animals and birds, stone mushrooms etc. To make your garden look unique.
·       And last, but not the least in any way, is the lighting. Add fancy lights in the shape of butterflies, birds and dragonflies to create a magical look.

 (Interior and landscape designer)

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