Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Go Green This Spring

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Go Green This Spring

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Byline: By Clare Jobson

You can soon get your garden luscious for the summer ahead. Clare Jobson tells you how to do it.

Finally it would appear that spring is well and truly here. We are catching the first glimpses of buds on trees, daffodils in full bloom, crocuses peeking out from the grass-- So now is the time to get our gardens in shape for the summer months ahead.

During the winter months, the less horticultural among us tend to leave our gardens to nature and hope for the best, but as soon as the first signs of spring begin appearing, we start to become inspired--

So even if you aren't blessed with green fingers, with a little bit of effort you can have your garden (or even back yard) looking luscious in no time ( you won't regret it once the warm summer days arrive ( think barbecues, cold beer and fun in the sun, which mean you need a garden that is worth showing off! The way you choose to design your garden will, of course, depend on the amount of space which you have to play with. But don't feel like you are limited just because the area you have to work with is small ( some of the best things come in small packages ( even a window box can make all the difference.

As a starting point, it could be worth investing in some books about garden design, to help you utilise on space effectively and also to help you plan which plants will fare the best. But don't just limit yourself to all things natural and green, accessories can transform your garden just as easily as plants can.

Go for quirky yet vintage style accessories that are both practical and attractive. Arrange collections of planters in varying sizes around your outdoor area, and go for garden furniture with a difference. For a quirky look, try scattering a few of the Butterfly Stacking chairs from Barker and Stonehouse ( they come in bright colours perfect for summer entertaining. Keep an eye out for the new summer outdoor furniture ranges which will shortly be arriving in store.

In the past, rigorously designed gardens with architectural water features and carefully laid out flower beds were the rage but, as with the inside of our homes, the outside has now become less regimented. …

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