How to spruce up your Edinburgh garden

Once you’ve got the inside of your Edinburgh home looking the way you want it, it’s time to start working on the outside. The summer months have arrived (even if it doesn’t seem like it in the UK) and there is no time like the present to get stuck in. Here are a few ways to give your garden a well-earned facelift.

Lighting

Patio or garden lighting is a great way to give your garden a new lease of life in the evenings and at night.

Anything from lanterns in the ground to fairy lights on trees to free standing patio heaters (added bonus of heat), really can make a huge difference.  Lighting allows you to enjoy the tranquil summer nights long after the sun has gone down.

Furniture

From dining tables to sun loungers to corner sofas, outdoor furniture now varies as much as indoor furniture. Gone are the days of sitting on a wooden bench with nothing but a sponge-filled cushion for a bit of padding.

You can enjoy your time outdoors with as much comfort as you have in your front living room. Obviously the style and amount of furniture you choose to purchase will be affected by the size of your outdoor area.

Plants

From shrubs to sunflowers, plants can give your garden a real buzz. When choosing the type of plant you want in your garden there are a few things that you should consider:

Seasonal – Some plants thrive at different times of year. Do you want your garden looking bright in summer or green in winter?

When they need planted – if you are buying seeds, when do they need to be put into the ground?

Maintenance – Do you want plants that need very little maintenance or are you a keen gardener who will tend to them throughout the year?

Decking

Whether you add decking directly at the back of your house or possibly hidden in the bushes at the bottom of your garden, it can be a great way to create a space just for you, or even to entertain on.

Decking can be a place to sit and relax or entertain friends on warm summer evenings.

Water features

A water feature is a great way to add another dimension to your garden, whether you opt for a full size pond or simply a small rock fountain. Your water feature will attract more wildlife and give your garden a new lively feel.

Birdhouses

If you want to wake up with the sound of birds tweeting at your window, one great way to encourage them to take residence in your garden is to install a bird house or a bird feeder. Not only are you giving your garden a bit more hustle and bustle but you’re helping to sustain birdlife.

A garden, no matter the size, is a blank canvas for you to let your creative spirit go free in. Don’t neglect it, your garden gives off just as much of an impression about you as the rest of your home. Enjoy the summer months in a space to be proud of.

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