Bring on Summer: 5 Tips for Getting your Garden Ready for the Sun

With longer days and daffodils blooming in the local parks, it’s hard not to get excited about the summer months ahead. With the end of lockdown on the horizon, getting your garden ready for hosting, or simply to enjoy the sun on your days off is a top priority for many.

Whether your garden needs a makeover or just some simple pruning we’re here to help, with five ways to get your garden ready for the sun. 

Prepare Prepare Prepare

As the spring weather approaches now is a good time to prepare your garden. Dig out the unwanted weeds, prune out any dead growth and get your soil ready for the new exciting plants you can grow in spring.

Ensure your gardening tools are clean and sharp as well, this will make your plans for your garden much easier when it comes to making them a reality. By doing a spring clean, getting your equipment ready, preparing your flower beds, you will be more inclined to come back to your tasks in the garden.

No one wants to return to a job that seems impossible to complete, but little by little your garden will come into shape and you will be left with a beautiful area for you and your loved ones to enjoy. 

Create the ‘look’

What idea have you got for your garden? Are you going for the minimalist look or the cosy look? Whatever your desired look is, one of the best ways to get excited about your garden is planning your ‘look’.

Curate a Pinterest board dedicated to it, map out a little doodle of how you want it to look, make a plan of what you want to achieve and more importantly what you can achieve in your space.

If you have a small space look into garden designs that will maximise the space. If your garden is quiet big maybe look at creating levels or different areas, making the space more inviting and cosy.

Anything is possible when it comes to gardening, unlike interior design, gardening is something you can come back to at your leisure. By designing your dream space, all the weeding and dirty work will become an exciting step towards the big goal you have in mind. And what better way to spend your free time than working on your own little patch of land devoted to your relaxation and enjoyment. 

Outdoor Lighting 

If you garden basks in the sun all day, or if you are permanently in the shade, lighting, big or small, can add a great aura to your garden. When the night crawls in and even the summer sun starts to fade, a sprinkle of light throughout can make your garden feel as inviting as the it does in the morning, covered in dew.

Investing in a set of solar lights is a a great option; environmentally friendly, no additional wiring, low maintenance and they don’t come with a large electricity bill at the end of the month. They’ve also developed a lot in recent years and now come in so many classy and attractive designs that, at first glance, no-one would even realise they are powered by anything other than electricity. 

Rule of 6

As we prepare to move out of lockdown, now is the perfect time to get your garden visitor ready. Prepare the barbecue, dust off your best party outfit and start planning the long summer nights surrounded my friends in the months to come.

Spending time in the garden is great way to enjoy nature, especially after being stuck inside for so long. What better way to encourage nights out in your garden than an inviting set of new garden furniture. 

If your pre lockdown garden table and chairs is looking a bit rusty, finding a new set can be an exciting step in creating your summer ready garden. The Jasmina Garden Corner Sofa is perfect for lounging on and comes with a outdoor dining table for all the al fresco meals under the sun you might have planned. Zoom conferences will seem like a thing of the past when you’re having great conversation around a new set of garden furniture. 

Seasonal Thinking

Yellow, baby pink and bright greens are just some of the colours that come to mind when we think of summer. After a long dark winter with plenty of browns and greys and far too many bare trees, you’re ready for some pops of colour colour.

And no matter what part of the country you live in, summer weather means a renewal of your garden, a time for new beginnings, and fresh arrivals. When it comes to achieving those desired pops of colour in your garden, bulbs are a great low maintenance option. Classics such as daffodils and crocuses are hardy bulbs that will reliably return annually. 

It is also worth thinking about not only what will grow in your garden but who will visit it. Bluebells, hawthorn and primrose attract a multitude of pollinators. And will give your garden a lifted feeling of life and vitality. It’s also always a great moment when a bee visits your garden or a couple of butterflies. Bird feeders are perfect for bringing life and movement to your garden as well!

Being able to witness nature in action is also a rewarding part of working on your garden, a classic set of sun loungers is a great way of basking in the sun, taking a well earned rest and watching the bees at work instead. 

Working on your garden can be a daunting task, however with consistent work and some creativity you can reap the rewards quickly. And soon you will be able to sit back and relax in your summer-ready garden. Ready to host or simply put your feet up in your well deserved outdoor space.