Spring is perhaps the best season to start a gardening journey. With warmer weather and longer days approaching, spring months offer ideal conditions for planting a variety of plants, shrubs and flowers. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, there are lots of great plants available to add to your spring garden.
Add a pop of colour
Some of the most popular spring flowers in the UK are tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. These are easy to grow and maintain, and bring beautiful shades of yellow, pink and purple to any garden or balcony. Tulips and daffodils need to be planted before a cold spell, so it is best to get them into the ground between September and November. If you are looking for spring container ideas, tulips and daffodils grow very well, though peonies, primulas and sage also do well at this time of year. When it comes to spring containers, opt for flowers and greenery in various heights, colours and thicknesses to add dimension and vibrancy to your container.
DIY garden repairs
When doing up a garden and getting it ready for the spring and summer months, it may be worth repairing or upcycling existing items like flowerpots, garden furniture or ornaments. These can be costly to replace plus, it is more sustainable and environmentally friendly to work with what you already have. In the case of repairs, using a suitable epoxy for materials such as metal and wood is the quickest and easiest way to fix things. Follow these simple steps to make long-lasting repairs rapidly.
When it comes to interiors, there are lots of tricks that can help create a cosy, inviting atmosphere, such as using decorative lights to enhance the look of your home. Lighting can be used to create various types of ambience, for instance, opting for soft uplighting for evenings will provide a calming feel in a living room or bedroom. Similarly, lighting can be used in the garden to brighten it and create a calm, peaceful atmosphere for the evening times. Garden lighting can also be enjoyed from indoors as it creates a very picturesque look outside a window. Other ideas to make the most of garden lighting include:
- Use a string of outdoor lightbulbs stretched across a fence or tree branches for a cool, indie vibe.
- Outdoor wall lights can be attached to a brick wall or fence and add great dimension to the space. These are a great choice for smaller gardens.
- Pillar lighting is available in a range of heights, shapes and sizes, and can be placed anywhere around a garden or balcony.
- LED lights are energy efficient and long-lasting. They are a popular choice for gardens across the UK.
Herbs are another great addition when it comes to spring gardening. Herbs like parsley, chives and cilantro do well in cooler temperatures and tend to thrive in the fresh spring air. Herbs can be grown in a corner of your garden, in a window box or on a balcony. They add a nice pop of green to any area, plus, there’s nothing quite like fresh herbs picked from the garden when added into lunch and dinner recipes. The great thing about growing herbs is that they need very little space – just plenty of light, fresh air, and water.
When it comes to doing up a garden or balcony for spring, it is worth planning your project in advance and preparing all the tools and equipment you might need. Remember also that tech is no longer just for the home – some of the best smart watches will let you control smart lighting, whether indoor or outdoor, directly from your wrist!