autumn styles

Garden Makeover Tips

It is getting to that time of the year when we start to spend more time indoors than out, but that doesn’t mean we have to neglect our outdoor spaces such as the garden. In fact, the garden can be fabulous in Autumn and even Winter with the right amount of tender loving care.

The garden can be enjoyed all year round and we hope that these garden make over tips will help you to enjoy it in all seasons.

The autumn and winter months are ideal to prepare for a stunning Spring garden so make sure you don’t hibernate during these months.

Out with the old and in with the new

Autumn can feel like a difficult few months in the garden with what feels like a never ending supply of leaves falling from the trees and plants in the garden. Even if you don’t have any large trees of your own you will find lots of brown stuff floating in to your garden.

It is best to keep on top of this as much as possible and use as much as you can for mulching purposes.

While clearing away, start to think about what you are going to add to your garden or what you want to be flowering in Spring as this will help keep you motivated.

Tree maintenance

Autumn is the perfect time of year to carry out a little tree maintenance. Trimming trees back for the winter – especially evergreens such as conifers. They will have grown so much over the summer but you may not realise quite how much as the process is gradual. Trimming back for the winter is perfect as there will be little growth between now and mid-Spring.

If you can’t do this yourself then find a local tree surgeon to help with the bigger tasks and if you need a tree felling it has to be a job for the professionals.

Winter bedding plants

Winter bedding plants such as pansies are the perfect thing to consider as the nights draw in. The garden can look beautiful as the colours fade from lush greens to golds and browns but a splash of colour can really liven up the garden and give it a second lease of life.

Deep blues and purples work well and darker reds will complement the golden hues perfectly.

Adding the nutrients back

The summer will have taken a lot out of the garden and it could be telling in its appearance. Whether the garden looks tired or not there will be a huge need for replenishing the nutrients in the ground. The grass will be in need of regular feeding and your flower beds will also need some TLC.

If you have a vegetable patch then think about your crop rotation and be sure to add nutrient rich compost to your beds to allow them to replenish and be ready to go again for when you are ready to sow.

Above all, don’t hibernate through the winter and ignore your garden. Get out, enjoy it, drink hot drinks and spend time preparing for the better months ahead.

Autumn 2018 Styles

We moving rapidly in to Autumn as the final quarter of the year sets in and one thing that tends to remind us of is the need for change. Autumn is where the season starts to say ‘out with the old’ and although Autumn (and even Winter) don’t exactly scream ‘in with the new’ it is the perfect time to update the decor in the home and garden.

Rich golds and reds are found on the leaves of trees and shrubs all around us at this time of year and for Autumn 2018 we want to see a celebration of the year so far. Using reds and golden colours throughout your internal decor can really help to add some warmth to a home as those nights start to draw in and temperatures begin to drop.

Oversized rugs with deep piles are also a great idea at this time of year as we look to settle in to our nooks rather than spending quite so much time outdoors.

For those who want to extend the outdoor season for as long as possible lighting can be used effectively – again with warm glowing colours – to add that feeling of warmth to the garden. Patio heaters and chimeneas are all the rage and this is the perfect time to use them to extend the day into the early evening.

The golds and reds can be used in the garden too as well as reflective mirrored outdoor ornaments to make the most of the low lying sunshine.

Inside, try using low wattage lighting or vintage effect bulbs to create warm glows and candles can also really help to create a feeling of warmth on those colder evenings.

Dried flowers and herbs can help to extend that summer feeling if you are that way inclined and can also help to bring colour in to the home without the major expense of redecoration.

Look out for more of our 2018 home decor tips over the coming weeks.