Top Tips for a Tip Top Garden

Is your garden more desolate wasteland than lush oasis? More dusty yard than delightful retreat? If so you are not alone, but thankfully there are plenty of ways to make your alfresco area a pleasure to spend time in.

Here are a few top tips to transform your outdoor area into a salubrious, serene and sociable place to be.



This may seem like an obvious suggestion for a garden, but too many lack the color and beauty that a few blooms bring about. If you have ample space to plant a selection of different colored flowers to border your lawn. If your garden is more of a cozy patio invest in a few potted flowers and hanging baskets. Grab your pruning shears and stretch hose, give them a little TLC and they will brighten up your garden brilliantly.


Decking is all the rage these days, and for good reason too. A good quality wooden deck gives you somewhere to lounge around without getting muddy; it is a great place for outdoor drinks with friends and the perfect place to park your barbeque.

Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture has evolved somewhat in the last decade or so. At one time the extent of your choice was between a striped deckchair and a plastic garden chair, with plastic table. Thankfully today there are real quality tables and chairs available, and even outdoor sofas and armchairs for ultimate al fresco comfort.

Patio heater

Even in the midst of summer you can’t rely on the British weather, which is why a patio heater is a must-have garden item today. It also allows you to enjoy your outdoor space all year round. Christmas barbeque anyone?

Vegetable patch

More and more people are getting into self-sustainability nowadays and providing your own vegetables is a great way to be green, save money and get some fabulous organic veg to eat. If you have the space, mark out a patch of your garden to grow on, and plant an array of delicious vegetables. This is an incredibly satisfying thing to do and it will add a country garden feel to your space.

Erin Emanuel