The summer is nearly here, and you know what that means! Nice long days spent in the garden, lapping up the sunshine. Not to mention the occasional get-together or barbecue party! So it's time to get those garden spaces fighting fit. Here are my favourite garden ideas and trends for 2017...

 

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Outdoor living space

One major garden trend that has emerged over the last couple of years is the idea of treating the garden as an extra room in the house. Not only does this give you extra living space, but it also increases the value of your home!

Create a hard-wearing patio or terrace using Outdoor Tiles, and then install some gorgeous garden furniture! For al fresco dining, invest in an exterior dining table with matching chairs. Alternatively, for a more chilled, morning-coffee environment, buy a garden sofa and a coffee table!

 

garden ideas and trends 2017

 

For a seamless transition between your home and garden, apply the indoor-outdoor trend. This is where the outdoor area sits at the same height as the room that opens onto the garden, and the same flooring is used in both spaces, like below!

 

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Garden ideas: Easy-care gardening

We're all busy, and some of us don't have the time each week to spend gardening. But that doesn't mean you can't be adventurous with your garden - you can simply create an easy-care space that doesn't require much work.

Mowing the lawn is a frequent and arduous task - so replace the lawn with some artificial grass.

Save yourself the trouble of digging and spending hours on your hands and knees tending to flower beds. Plant your flowers in large pots and planters! They give the same 'pop' of colour, but they're much more manageable.

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Introduce hardy, low-maintenance plants into your garden, if you don't have much time to care for them. The Royal Horticultural Society suggests Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’, Alchemilla mollis and Lamprocapnos spectabilis.

 

Create a wildflower meadow

One stunning garden trend that I love the look of is the 'wild meadow'. Gardeners are introducing wildflowers into particular patches of their garden, and are leaving them to grow, untampered and unkept - like a wild, roaming meadow. Not only does this give you your own slice of wilderness, but it's also a paradise for birds and insects!

 

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Grow and de-stress

With all the stresses of life, it's important to take some time to relax and unwind. One major recommended way to de-stress is to tend an alotment. Not only is it the perfect way to escape from your other worries for an hour or two, it also provides an alternative to supermarket veg for a few months out of the year! Create your own vegetable patch and plant some potatoes, carrots, onions, and anything else that tickles your fancy!

 

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Go natural with pesticides

Following the plight of the bee, environmental agencies are encouraging gardeners to use natural pesticides to avoid causing harm to our crucial pollinators. You can find recipes for natural pesticides online.

 

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There you have it - some garden ideas and trends for 2017!

 

 

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