We all love spending time in the garden. No matter where you are or what you do, the garden is a place for relaxation and quiet contemplation. It’s where we go to enjoy a solitary morning coffee on a dewy summer’s morning. It’s where we go to immerse ourselves in a good book while we listen to the gentle soundscape of nature all around us. It’s also a very social space. It’s where we play with our kids, cuddle with our partners and crowd around the barbecue on a sunny Sunday.
For writers, artists and other creatives, the garden is where some of the best ideas are formulated and inspiration is found in the complex visual language of nature. The natural world can be both a bountiful source of inspiration and a tonic for our mental health. The trouble is that not all of us have the time and effort to spare to keep our gardens as lush, verdant and well maintained as we’d like to. Still, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a garden that’s bright, cheerful and beautiful to look at and spend time in. Just sprinkle in these flourishes which will brighten up a dull garden…
Never underestimate the transformative power of gravel. It’s an affordable and versatile substance that comes in so many variations of colour, size and texture that your only limit is your imagination. A good quality gravel like Kelkay Gravel can add an eye-catching dimension to your garden path. It can help make potted plants pop and even help them to retain their moisture. It can add a beautiful flourish of colour and texture wherever you choose to use it.
… A poem as lovely as a tree
Trees are a great way to add dimension to your garden. It’s always nice to see something beautiful and inspiring when we look up. The good news is that you don’t need to plant a towering leviathan that alienates your neighbours and strangles the roots of every other plant in your garden. Try small trees like ornamental cherry trees or June berries.
Bursts of blossoms
Even if your garden is completely paved over or rendered in patterned imprinted concrete, you can still add some bursts of colour to break up the potentially monotonous landscape. If you’re looking for something tall try pink oleanders or if you’re going for something closer to the ground try peonies. Even if you don’t have much time to dedicate to maintaining your garden, there are lots of beautiful, colourful and hardy perennials which will add a splash of colour and cheer all year round.
Let there be light
Apologies for stating the obvious, but one of the most effective ways to brighten up your outdoor space is with light. Never underestimate the transformative power of a few well-placed fairy lights in the garden. Alternatively, why not try using strategically placed glass and mirrors to reflect the sun’s light?
No matter what your budget or your tastes, there are always fun and easy ways to brighten up a dull garden.