Spring Garden Ideas: Garden furniture, sheds, plants and more
When it comes to gardening, Spring is a time to get out and get busy. The first sign of sun for the year should entice you outside and there’s a winter ravaged jungle waiting to be fixed. And with the coronavirus restrictions keeping us at home, there’s no reason to put the gardening off. If you’re feeling a little stuck for green fingered inspiration, this post covers everything from the best Spring flowers for the UK to what kind of garden furniture is out there. So, get the kettle on, take five, and let us help you figure out what kind of outside space you want in 2021.
When is Spring 2021?
This year the Vernal Equinox falls on March 20th. This is the day when the sun is right above the equator, and day and night are exactly the same length. By astronomy standards this signals the start of Spring in the northern hemisphere. But that doesn’t mean you have to hold off on the gardening until events in space unfold. The temperature has been on the rise since the end of February and you can get out as soon as you fancy but save planting the summer bulbs until the temperature is warmer consistently.
Planting Spring Garden Flowers
There are lots of flowers that are perfect for planting in early spring to have your garden looking blooming lovely by the time summer rolls around. These are the flowers that will bring the colour and give you the outside space you’ll love to spend time in.
Perennials are simply plants that live for more than two years and they will bloom in spring and summer before dying back in autumn and winter on a continuous cycle. There are plenty to choose from, but our favourites are Daylilies, Lavender, and Chrysanthemums.
Wildflowers have exploded in popularity in recent years and they offer a natural feel and lots of colour. You can pick up wildflower mixes that will turn your patch in to a vibrant meadow, and they make your gardening easier because you simply scatter them thinly over watered soil.
Garden grasses are a superb way of adding some contrast to your space and they’re perfect for the edges of your flowerbeds. You can plant them all year round, but spring and summer is the optimum time for strong growth.
There is a selection of herbs that can be planted directly into soil when March and the ground starts to warm up. Chervil, Coriander, and Dill are fantastic for planting in early Spring, and you’ll have something tasty to add to your salad in a few weeks.
Where to buy plants online:
Thompson & Morgan – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/thompson-morgan
Van Meuwen – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/van-meuwen
Garden Furniture that Makes Your Space
Planting the right flowers and creating a lively space to enjoy the three days of sunshine we’ll get this summer is fantastic, but if you can’t get comfortable, it’ll all go to waste. That’s where fabulous garden furniture comes in. Comfortable seating, al fresco dining, and laidback lounging is what you’re looking for, but there’s a lot to pick through and finding the right garden furniture can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best garden furniture that covers everything from style to function with options that match any budget. They mostly come down to the material used to make them and they all have their own advantages.
Rattan Garden Furniture
Rattan is a type of vine that grows in South Eastern jungles, and it happens to be one of the strongest woods around. This exotic wood is woven using the wicker technique to create one of the most popular styles out there. Rattan usually comes in a garden furniture set that gives you seating and tables that bring a unified look that’s perfect for outdoor living. But you’ll need to buy yourself some comfy cushions.
Pros: Strong, long lasting, and eco friendly
Cons: Expensive, uncomfortable without cushions
Wooden Garden Furniture
Wooden garden furniture will bring a classic look to every patio or decking in the country. There are plenty of styles to choose that help you put your stamp on your space. This versatile selection of looks and sizes means there is always a good fit for any garden. It’s not all rustic lunches though, wooden garden furniture takes regular maintenance if you want it to last the maximum length of time.
Pros: Value for money, variety, long-lasting
Cons: High maintenance, requires garden furniture covers
Metal Garden Furniture
If low maintenance is high on your list of priorities, metal furniture is the perfect choice. You’ll be able to place it on your patio rarely worry about it; it’ll need a wash every so often but that’s about it. Big metal garden tables and chairs aren’t the best choice because they are bulky and heavy, but you won’t beat a metal bistro set. They’re a superb choice when space is at a premium, and they’ll give you an intimate dining experience in your own garden.
Pros: Low Maintenance, durability, value for money
Cons: Heavy, absorbs heat, size limitations
Plastic Garden Furniture
Plastic furniture is the best choice when the budget is all that matters and you’re looking for cheap garden furniture. You can pick up a plastic garden furniture set for comfortably under £100 that will do the job perfectly well. There are trade offs in style and durability, but they represent fantastic value for money. A big part of the attraction to plastic furniture is its durability. You won’t have to think twice about rot or rust with plastic.
Pros: Low cost, low maintenance, weather resistant
Cons: Breakable, few style choices, environmental impact
Where to buy garden Furniture:
Wayfair – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/wayfair
Big Spring Garden Projects
Garden projects are a superb way to spend a spring lockdown. They’re something to get stuck into and get your hands dirty that leaves you garden with something incredible to show for it. There are loads of ways to make a big impact with big gardening projects and we’re going to look at three of the best.
Fences don’t get the credit they deserve. Too often they’re seen as purely functionally and only there to secure your garden boundaries. A beautiful fence is one of the first things eyes will be drawn to when they walk out into your garden and it’s a superb place to make a style statement.
There are considerations you need to take when you’re picking out your fence panels. Height, cost, and privacy should all play a part in your decision to make sure you’re completely happy. Traditional fencing is extremely common, but there are other options. Decorative, lattice, and slated fence panels all offer a unique look for your garden, and still keep your gnomes secure.
A pond is a beautiful addition to any garden, and they bring a host of additional benefits. They’ll attract wildlife to you garden and it’s super relaxing to listen to the water trickling. If your keen on putting an idyllic watering hole in your garden, you should know that it’s heavy work and there are things you’ll need to buy.
You’ll have to dig out the whole yourself and get everything ready. You could get in touch with a gardening service, but where’s the fun in that. You’ll also need to pick up a few essentials, especially if you plan on stocking it with some scaly friends. A pond pump and filter are a must to keep the water fresh, and oxygenating pond plants will keep your fish swimming comfortably. There are loads of garden pond ideas out there and you can go as extravagant or simple as you like. But when you’re done, whether it’s a small water feature or complete with pond waterfall, lights, and koi, you’ll be left with a idyllic garden centrepiece to be proud of.
Anyone green fingered needs somewhere safe to store all their gardening tools and equipment. You can’t leave the lawn mower in the rain and the kids running around with a pair of shears probably isn’t the best idea, no matter how much they need a lockdown haircut.
There are few different types of sheds you can go for and it all depends what you’re using the space for. Storage sheds need little more than sturdy walls and a lock on the door, but potting sheds need workspaces and tool storage to keep every at hand when you’re doing your gardening. You can order flat packed sheds that you build at home and they can be put together with a couple of tools and a bit of DIY patience.
Where to buy gardening equipment:
Get Your Gardening Gloves On
Hopefully this article has given you enough inspiration to get the dig trowel out and get out in the garden this spring. Don’t be put off if you’re a complete beginner, there’s loads of gardening advice available that will have your roses blooming in no time. This is one lockdown hobby you’ll want keep up when we can finally put all this coronavirus business behind us. Get out there, get dirty, and get gardening this spring.