August 7, 2018 By darya_admin
Make The Most Of The Summer Heatwave
English country gardens will never go out of fashion. If you’re looking to achieve that classic style of outdoor living, follow these tips to create the look.
Some parts of the country haven’t seen any rain in six weeks, with a further heatwave forecast by the Met Office for July and August. A classic English garden is the prettiest place to be on a hot summer’s day – there’s nothing like throwing open your doors and wandering outside to catch some rays or keep cool in the shade. If your garden needs a bit of a revamp, then follow these steps to indulge in some picture-postcard outdoor living.
Invest In The Right Kit
One of the joys of summer in England is the chance to throw a barbecue and invite your closest family and friends around for anything that’s chargrilled. Finish off with a jug of Pimms and some strawberries and cream, and you’ve got yourself the perfect day. Make sure that you invest in a reliable barbecue set, and have plenty of seating options for entertaining your guests. A rustic dining table with benches to slide underneath works well. But if you’ve got an old set of metal garden furniture that has been seen better days, then it’s easy to recycle. You’ll need to sterilise any algae that has formed, remove old flakes of paint, sand the metal down, put down a base coat and then repaint with a classic Farrow and Ball shade of paint such as Pointing.
What To Plant
The traditional image of the English country garden has its roots in the cottage gardens of the 1800s, which were awash with herbs, fruit and vegetables to be used in the household’s cooking. You could plant tomato plants, courgettes and strawberries which are easy to look after and deliver the most delicious fresh produce. Growing sunflowers in large terracotta pots is a wonderful way to inject some colour and is great fun for all the family, watching which flower is the tallest.
Make sure to plant some hardy perennials so that your garden is still green when the summer has passed, but add some geraniums, dahlias and colourful heleniums. Hardy geraniums such as Orion or Patricia can be cut back in July, but they’ll reflower within a month and return even stronger. Dahlias are fantastic in this heat – they originally arrived here from North America, and are incredibly tolerant of the sunshine, so you don’t need to worry too much if you find yourself in the midst of a hosepipe ban.
Don’t Forget The Finishing Touches
Your English country garden is almost there, but to really complete the look, don’t forget to pay attention to the details. Give your fence posts a fresh lick of paint, preferably in a shade to match your furniture set. You might also wish to include a little garden pond, outdoor water feature or a bird table to attract the local wildlife. After all, what could be more English than the sound of birds tweeting and bees buzzing around your very own country garden? It’s time to get to work and create a traditional private oasis in your back garden, so you can enjoy the rest of this fine weather!