Is your garden in desperate need of a makeover? Check out this fabulous garden renovation before you get started. Shopping Editor, Tamara and the team take you on a transformation journey that will see this garden go from drab to fab
Today we are here in Kate’s garden, and as you can see it is in need of a bit of love. Having moved into this house 9 months ago, Kate hadn’t touched the garden. After careful planning, design and consideration, the team noted how they were going to transform this tired-looking space to give Kate the garden of her dreams.
When we were planning the garden, we tried to arrange it around a stunning new summerhouse, and wanted to create separate areas for different planting and seating.
The transformation happened in roughly three stages; the first one was clearing the overgrown weeds and using a rotavator to breakup, churn and aerate the soil before laying fresh turf. This will improve drainage, levels the area and makes the ground perfect for growing vegetables and crops.
The second stage was measuring everything, building the summerhouse and erecting a new garden fence. Good fencing can have more impact than you might imagine. A fence can bring structure, texture, definition and joy to your outdoor space, while the beautiful summerhouse offers a stunning focal point in this garden, and a tranquil place to work, study or relax.
We also teamed up with the experts at B&Q. who’ve told us all about the latest trends.
‘Adding colour to your fence, shed and arbours can really accentuate the natural aspects of the garden – helping you create a colourful and dynamic space. Dark exteriors such as blacks and greys are on trend this year. The combination of black and natural green foliage creates a stark but appealing contrast,’ says Jason Hines, Outdoor Paint Buyer at B&Q.
We have opted to embrace the dark trend with an all over coverage of Deep Pacific combined with complementary accents of Cabana Glow, which we’ve used around the windows and doors – we even painted a square of this bold accent colour in place of a rug! The Lumley Summerhouse, £342, was painted in Valspar Garden Colours all from B&Q. We dressed the windows to create more of a homely feel for this outdoor living space with curtains made in Floribunda Fabric, £28m, Clarke & Clarke.
We dressed the borders with a mix of hardy shrubs, perennials and bedding plants. Hydrangeas were a great addition to add colour and foliage. Bay trees lining the fences were an ideal choice for adding height and good green coverage all year round, all while disguising the fence posts. Lupins, Geraniums and Dahlias in a variety of pinks, reds and whites were used to add a hit of seasonal colour. We accentuated the potted plants by refreshing old terracotta pots with a splash of Cabana Glow, Bizzy Lizzie and Cool Box, all Valspar Garden Colours.
The look has been completed with some hotly coloured furniture and accessories – with on-trend tropical motifs to introduce the fun factor. Bright pieces work particularly well in contemporary spaces, whether it be an arrangement of bistro-style table and chairs, or elegant finishing touches like the stylish and practical tiered planters and ladder shelving.
Simple touches helped to make a big style statement on this project. An upcycled ornate iron loveseat, originally a dark shade of green, was rubbed down and given a new lease of life with a coat of Oxford Blue by Sandtex. An old stepladder was repurposed as a plant stand, adding height in a corner that needed it – giving us the perfect place to display newly painted plant pots.
We dressed the striking new blue bench with a gorgeous throw, £94, Atlantic Blankets and luxurious outdoor cushions in fabrics from Osborne & Little by Bramblecrest. The additional tropical themed cushions were made up in Ananas and Borneo fabrics, both £14.99m Prestigious Textiles.
There’s so much to love about this fun and versatile garden and with vision, energy and determination, you too can have the garden of your dreams.