The garden is a place to relax and unwind in. That's why it's a great idea to keep it fresh and up to date. With the warmer months on their way, it's time to start planning out the transformation of those valuable outdoor spaces. Here are some fab garden ideas to help you make the most of those exterior spaces...

 

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Above: Planate Indoor/Outdoor Tiles

 

A seamless indoor outdoor living space

This year, make sure there's a space in your garden where you can sit and relax. Whether it's a decked area, or a tiled patio, make sure you've set aside a bit of room where you can set up a couple of chairs and a coffee table.  Your garden can act as an extension of your house. An additional room, if you will. You've paid for it, so use it!

One popular trend is the idea of creating a seamless transition between your home and garden. One great way of achieving this 'indoor outdoor look' is to use the same floor tiles inside the home as outside in the garden, on the same level, with only a bay door separating the two spaces!

 

planate garden tiles

 

Walls and Floors' Planate Indoor/Outdoor Tile range, shown above, has been specifically designed for capturing this seamless look. It contains thinner tiles for your interior areas, and identical thicker tiles for carrying the look on outdoors! Genius.

 

Staying warm

Although those warmer months are on their way, we're in Britain, so you can pretty much guarantee that Spring and Summer will bring some cold days. But that doesn't need to put you off going out in the garden! Enjoy those exterior spaces all year round with some simple temperature-busting purchases.

Firstly, buy yourself some outdoor heating. The smoking ban back in 2007 created a boom in the development of outdoor heating systems. They don't have to be expensive. You can buy a small patio heater for as little as £120.

 

fire pit

 

Alternatively, if you'd prefer something you don't have to plug in, why not go for a chiminea? Or, for a more modern approach, why not try a firepit? You can buy one of those for just £30!

 

Bee kind

2018 is all about taking care of our fuzzy, buzzy friends! Homes around the UK are introducing habitats into their gardens for bees to make their homes in. Generally, we don't seem to realise just how important bees are to our environment. They are so prolific at pollinating plants and vegetation, in fact, that approximately one in three bites of food in the UK comes from a plant that has been pollinated by a bee.

 

bee

 

Unfortunately, our bees are dying out. They are close to becoming an endangered species, and experts say we have less than ten years to help save them before they die out completely.

So, what can we do to help?

1) Stop using insecticides. These either deter bees, or kill them off completely.

2) Invite bee-friendly plants into your garden. Bees need pollen and nectar to help nourish the colony – so introduce plants that are high in both.

3) Create habitats in your garden where the bees can make their home. Here's a handy guide on how to make a bee hotel.

 

1-Make-your-own-bee-hotel

 

 Drink the fruits of your labour

The trend of drinking smoothies and juice cocktails has never been more popular. With the health benefits very apparent, and the costs of fruit rising in the supermarket, why not grow your own? The troubling economical times have re-ignited a spark of self-sufficiency in homes throughout the country.

Buy a blackcurrant vine and some edible berry bushes - maybe even a small apple tree. Grow a real mix of textures and flavours. Each year, as the plants grow, they'll produce more fruit. They're not only great for blending - they're also perfect for baking into pies!

 

berry smoothie

 

There you have it - some fab ideas for refreshing and making the most of your garden this year!

 

 

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