Our Top 5 New Year Garden Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you have had a lovely time over Christmas and are well rested and looking forward to 2019. It’s the perfect time to make plans for the year ahead and have good intentions and to help you, we have collated our top 5 new year garden resolutions to help raise the standards in your garden in 2019…

Get Composting

Reducing and recycling have been buzz words for the last few years and we are always trying to reduce the amount of waste we generate. A great way to help with this is to have a compost heap in the garden. Throw all your fruit and veg peelings on there, egg shells, garden waste, grass clippings and by this time next year you will have a lovely compost to use in your garden.

Composting

Get composting this year

Lawn TLC

Our lawns put up with a lot throughout the year so it’s worth giving them a little TLC so they have the best chance of flourishing. There are a few things you can do which will really help:

Why not just choose one of them to tackle this year and we can help with some of the other ones and you can be happy that you helped make a big difference to your lawn this year.

Care for Wildlife

Do just one thing (or more if you wish!) to encourage wildlife into your garden -if we all do that then it will make a HUGE difference. It could be something simple like add a wildlife friendly plant to your garden or a bird feeder. Or you could do something bigger like sow a wildflower meadow or build a bug hotel.

Echinacea are a great plant for attracting wildlife

Echinacea are a great plant for attracting wildlife

Plant A Tree

There’s an old saying, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago”. The second best time is now. If you have small children like me and Tilda, we definitely recommend doing it now – you can see the tree grow alongside them. Make sure you plant a tree appropriate for the size of your garden. If you want help with that please get in touch. 

Spend More Time Relaxing Outdoors

There are always LOTS to do in the garden but make a resolution to spend more time relaxing outdoors this year. It will be good for your health and for those around you.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2019 in the garden.

Lulu & Tilda

Garden Trends for 2019

Gardening used to have a reputation for being boring and something people do when they retire. These days it is trendy to spend more time outdoors and use your garden as an extra room. So we have our (green) fingers on the pulse and have brought you the big garden trends for 2019 which you don’t want to miss!

FUNK IT UP

As Bruno Mars would say, you need to funk up your garden! There are all sorts of ways you can do this from adding a rendered wall painted bright colours; add funky mirrors to the garden; do unusual stepping stones made from tyres and artificial turf. Let your imagination go wild and add things which are personal and mean something to you. You will love your garden all the more and will want to spend more time out there.

Funk your garden up in 2019 (Source unknown)

Funk your garden up in 2019 (Source unknown)

CONSIDER THE CLIMATE

Create a climate change garden by thinking of its sustainability and its impact on the climate. There are lots of small changes you can make such as:

COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2019

The Pantone colour of the year for 2019 is PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral. We LOVE this colour and it’s the perfect way to keep your garden on trend. Plants such as phormium, heuchera, kniphofia, iris, dahlia and peonia are just a few that come in gorgeous coral shades to add some warmth to your flower beds.

Pantone colour of the year 2019

Pantone colour of the year 2019

TAKE THE INDOORS OUTDOORS

You will want to spend more time outdoors if you make it as comfortable as being indoors. There are lots to try such as:

BE BOLD

It’s time to be bold in the garden and push the boundaries a bit. Introduce bold colours into your garden – this could be as simple as painting your shed a bright colour or adding in some oversized planters. Bold planting is on trend, either go for strong colours or go for large jungle style planting such as phormium, bamboo, fatsia japonica and dicksonia antarctica, all of which look exotic but will survive well in your garden.

Planting Dicksonia antartctica is a great way to make a bold statement in your garden

Planting Dicksonia antartctica is a great way to make a bold statement in your garden

If you need some advice with what to do with your garden in 2019 then please get in touch.

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