There’s no doubt that, during autumn, gardens all over the UK resonate with a unique, albeit annually reoccurring splendor that vibrantly showcases the ever-changing beauty of nature. However, when winter starts to settle in later, leafless trees and placid plants can begin to look lifeless.
At this point in time, we can perceive our gardens in a still, almost skeletal way – if we’re even looking at them at all during the shorter days and dark nights. However, this is actually a great time to start planning for the following summer, when everyone can, weather permitting, get out into the garden and enjoy spending time outdoors. Here are some ideas to consider for next summer.
Create a larger space in small areas
For those of us who live in densely populated, urban environments, space is something of a commodity in all aspects of owning a home. For making the most of this space, there is an interior design method you can apply outdoors that adds at least the illusion of more space. Ideal Home recommends the careful placement of mirrors in the garden, not just to reflect light but also to add visual depth to corners of the garden and areas surrounded by high walls.
Embrace the artificial
Anybody with a lawn knows the frustration of caring for the grass during spring and summer, then watching all of the effort go to waste over autumn and winter. However, there is the option of artificial grass, which removes this problem forever. Agreed, it’s not for everyone, and it does come with many longstanding connotations of low quality and poor resemblance to the real thing – but the modern ‘astroturf’ is actually far better.
Create a new canvas for your flora
While the sodden or frozen flower beds and turf are out of action for a few months, this is a good chance to assess everything else. Does the fencing look as good as it once did? Could the shed do with a lick of paint or a new roof? Would you like to add a patio or decking, or create new pathways through the garden?
Specialist tradespeople, or multiskilled trade professionals like Findley Roofing & Building’s roofers in Middlesbrough, can give you advice on and install long-lasting, eye-catching elements that are difficult to add without the right skills.
Plant something that lasts
Although deciduous trees inevitably lose their flowers and leaves every year, the tree itself will remain a permanent fixture for years to come. House Beautiful recommends small trees for small gardens, such as June Berry, Prunus and Crab Apple, which look beautiful in summer and involve minor maintenance from the homeowner.
Planting will also free up a little room in a flower bed or lawn that you would otherwise need to keep on top of. Planting could also create focal points surrounded by gravel and stone beds that, once again, cut down on the amount of maintenance you need to put in during spring, summer, autumn and winter. Here’s looking forward to summer!