How to make the most of your outdoor space
As summer arrives it’s natural to want to get more out of your garden. Whether you’ve got a neglected lawn or a garden shed that’s just used for storing junk, you could be missing out on an opportunity to use your garden really well. Here are six interesting ways to use your garden differently.
Grow your own herbs
If you don’t have the space in your garden to plant vegetables but you’ve got the urge to grow something of your own, why not give herbs a try? Straightforward, easy to grow and able to flourish in a small space, growing herbs is fun in any garden. If you don’t have soil, you can easily plant them in a pot or even a window box. There’s a huge variety of herbs to choose from that are all fine in the UK weather including oregano, chives, thyme and parsley. All you’ll need is a large plant pot, compost, gravel, fertiliser and a watering can. Maintenance is minimal and aside from looking pretty in your garden you can also use your herbs in your cooking.
One fantastic feature that you could have in your garden is a log cabin. These versatile structures can be used for almost anything. Whether you’re looking for a workshop and DIY space, a summer house for relaxation or a home office, a log cabin can be the perfect option for you. Hortons Group offers a huge range of excellent log cabins that can be ideal as anything from a small garden shed to an additional living area. These cabins are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you can pick one that’s perfect for your garden.
Add a water feature
When you think of the term ‘water feature’, the mind tends to imagine extremely expansive and ornate pieces that would be both be impractical and completely wrong for the aesthetic of your garden. But it’s actually very easy now to buy (or make your own) water feature with a tiny budget. It can be as easy as digging a hole, placing in a liner and then adding an appropriate pump. The whole project could be completed over a weekend.
Get creative with a small garden
If you have only got a small garden to work with, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an incredible outdoor space – it just means that you’ll need to get creative. Go vertical; hanging gardens barely take up any space and look stunning. Just like inside a small home, it can be a very good idea to use mirrors, as they give the impression of a much larger space. And finally, instead of having a garden table that takes up a lot of space, why not use one that folds out from the wall? You can then tuck it away whenever it is not in use.
Installing a water feature or pond is one brilliant way to do it, but there are plenty of other ways to attract wildlife to your garden. Put up nesting boxes so that a bird can build its nest here or alternatively simply hang bird feeders to give them a reason to stop by. You could choose to grow wild flowers to encourage bees to come to you.
Another fun option would be to install a hot tub. They can naturally be quite expensive, but this is one of the ultimate luxury items for your home. You could either build the tub with an enclosure to protect it from the elements or leave it out in the open so that you can enjoy the good weather in the tub. Once again, this is not a garden feature that you need a significant amount of space for, but you will need to make sure that there is sufficient drainage or you can end up saturating the ground every time you get out.
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