Feature from Bath Life

Outstanding Outside

Now more than ever the value of having a garden or outside space is being realised. From landscape projects to smaller updates, 2021 is all about maximising our outdoor spaces. 

Whether you are looking for a total landscaping overhaul or more tailored tweaks The Bath Gardener is here to help with garden design ideas to inspire you whatever your budget, garden space or experience, each one guaranteed to add that wow factor, increase your curb appeal and almost definitely add some value to your property. Win, win, win. 

With a little bit of vision and some hard work now, you will be rewarded tenfold come the sunnier months when the sun is over the yardarm. *disclaimer The Bath Gardener is not responsible for any poor weather and will most certainly be out in it all.

House Keys 

The key to starting is to make a note of your garden’s outlook, its position, access and soil composition. Where does the sun rise and set, and which parts are sun soaked and where never sees the light of day? How do you currently spend your time outdoors and how would you ideally like to use your outside space; for that post work G&T, or weekends spent around the BBQ with the family? All this information will help shape what you do next.

Once you’ve lived in your space a little here’s some suggestions to help get you started:

The Personal Touch

It’s never been easier to make your garden an extension of your home and add that personal touch with the help of landscaping experts (*waves). By ensuring any paving or decking is the same level as your indoor flooring, you can blur any lines between the interior and exterior. There is good reason for that expression “bringing the outside in”.

Level Up

Whilst a flat lawn may be easy to mow, and we’d never knock that!, adding levels to your garden can add interest that takes the eye on a journey adding the illusion of more space. Soften those edges with clever planting and pay attention to your colour choices; for example, grey and white stone look great with purple and white flora.

Oh Sit Down

Decked entertaining areas offer a cost effective solution to help level the slopes of Bath. Decking can also incorporate split levels or steps which suit areas that see heavy footfall and with recent developments in decking materials they are easier to keep clean and not so slippery when wet.

Trees are great

Did you know that just watching trees lowers your blood pressure? Fact. As well as this health benefit you are also helping the environment, our local wildlife and leaving a legacy for those who follow behind you. Mature trees make a great starting point for any garden project, adding shade, an anchor for a swing, hammock or hanging lanterns. And newer additions can add a screen to filter out noise or air pollution. 

Wall this way

Living walls are currently very popular in garden designs, adding vertical planting (great for smaller spaces), creating a colourful or aromatic feature. Posts, trellis and fencing can be so much more than a way to mark your boundaries (although they can be an excellent way to keep the neighbours out!) Add timber posts, for example, throughout your garden to add interest to borders and paths, to frame special plants or seated areas.

Go all out out

Soon someone will report on the astronomical rise in the sale of outbuildings as many rush to create extra room for a home office or yoga studio and they are certainly perfect for entertaining family and friends, when that is allowed again. In the meantime if your considering one we would suggest getting on the waiting list now. The great news is that planning permission is not usually required and we can help with the base installation. 

The Bath Gardener is Donny, aka Neil Donovan, and his team have a reputation for “Good Honest Graft” alongside gardening expertise and tea based banter. Tweet him @thebathgardener with any garden related questions, add the hashtag #askTBG

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