Winter has been merciless and seemingly endless, but as the season draws to a close and spring finally emerges, it’s time for you to cast your attention away from the warm hibernation zone of your home to that beautiful garden sitting outside your window. At least, even if it doesn’t inspire you currently, it has the potential to inspire. It has the potential to flourish once more.
Perhaps it’s been awhile since you did any gardening, and perhaps you’re now looking outside and thinking that the task of tidying and reshaping the face of your garden seems a little too overwhelming. Of course, we always feel that way when it’s been a long time since the old green fingers have seen the light of day, but taking things step by step makes the whole thing fun again. The key is to not become mentally bogged down by the overall task; much like any project, you’ll tackle your garden in small, gradual steps. If you’re unsure as to where you should begin, however, then here are some pointers for guidance.
Keep it simple.
In nature, there is lavish design and vivid colour, but often simplicity and understatement. The best gardens are the ones which capture this true essence of nature, even if they have been sculptured and crafted by the hand of man. The key is to add your personality and imagination to your garden, designing it with regards to the image you always envisioned, but at the same time keeping things simple and clean-cut, so as to maintain a natural feel to your garden. With the help of landscapers, or perhaps as a DIY project, your mission should be to keep your outdoor area free of excessive weeds, for example, rather than necessarily turning it into a sparse and empty space, devoid of flowers, plants or intriguing focal points. It’s about understanding which things empower or ruin the aesthetic of your garden.
Make your garden homely.
Now that it’s going to start becoming warmer outside, you might actually want to be out in your garden rather than cozied up indoors. Of course, there are creature comforts which always pull us back inside, no matter how beautiful our garden may be or how soothingly warm those crisp spring and summer nights may be. Still, there’s no reason that you can’t bring some of that comfort to the outdoor world. There’s no reason that your home and garden can’t merge into one inseparable entity. Turning your back or front garden into a social area, complete with a back porch or a quaint little table, is a great way to make it indistinguishable from your living room.
Spark life into your outdoor space.
At the end of the day, you’re dealing with nature and not something entirely manmade. You might add man made elements to your garden, such as a picturesque, paved walking path or a majestic fountain in the centre of your back garden, but it’s still a natural, living part of the environment. You have to treat it as such, if you want your garden to truly flourish. Composting is a natural way of feeding the earth and allowing things to grow there.