After many weeks of dull grey weather, the summer has finally arrived in Britain. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and everyone’s gardens are glowing in green – but what about your garden?
If your garden looks more like a building site or a wild jungle, then it’s not the end of the world as the 2013 landscaping season has landed and now is the perfect time to be out getting your fingers green sorting out your garden.
Here’s your mini guide to 2015’s 5 hot garden design ideas:
Create a mini allotment
Us Brits love to grow our own fruit and veg in allotments in our local area. But what about creating your own mini allotment in your garden? Allotments are a fantastic idea for British gardens, especially during the summer as the long days and hot temperatures provide perfect conditions for growing food (plenty of sunlight and heat). And their not only functional; their also a great design idea as well as the growing fruit and veg really brings your garden to life.
You can create your own miniature allotment in the corner of your garden quickly and easily. All you’ll need is a spade, some soil, some wood and plenty of elbow grease. And with weather like this, what better things have you got to do than to fix up your garden so that you can enjoy it for the rest of the summer?
Create a Mediterranean dining area
Another hot design idea for gardens this year is creating your own Mediterranean-style dining area. Mediterranean-style gardens are bright, clean and contemporary with strong architectural features and mix of plants. By creating your own Mediterranean-style dining area in your garden you can eat alfresco every night pretending that you’re in the south of France or northern Italy.
So if you can’t afford to go on holiday this summer why not bring the continent to you with a Mediterranean-style dining area?
Install an outdoor fireplace
Outdoor fireplaces are the epitome of contemporary garden design in 2013. And with the weather like ours, you just don’t know how long the good weather’s going to last so an outdoor fireplace will keep you warm outside all summer long, whatever the weather.
In order to cater for individual differences in tastes and preferences, outdoor fireplaces are available in both log and gas form. Gas fireplaces are good for small gardens in the city as they don’t produce any smoke and log fireplaces are perfect for the more rural gardens.
Purchase a Pergola
Pergolas are another hot garden design idea for 2013. Pergolas and arches are great for providing some much-needed shade in sunny gardens- they’re also great for presenting a cool and comfortable seat to sit and read.
Pergolas also bring together different areas of the garden so they’re perfect for uniting gardens that can appear to be mix matched. Don’t forget to purchase some plants and trees to decorate the pergola with- climbing flowers are ideal here.
Create an outdoor lounge area
Another hot design trend for gardens in 2013 is to create a lounge area outside. It seems that we just love to lay out in the sun in the summer and be as comfortable as we would be laying on the sofa in front of the TV.
An outdoor lounge area can be simply achieved by purchasing a day bed, a pair of comfortable sun recliners or a hammock. These contemporary outdoor furniture items come in many different styles, colours and designs so there is one to suit everyone regardless of their personal preferences and tastes.