Top tips for a summer ready garden

Is your garden in desperate need of some TLC or an injection of style in time for the summer sunshine? Yes, we hear you cry, then we’ve got some useful and exciting tips to get your garden looking great again, allowing you to enjoy every drop of sunshine over the coming months and make the most of those balmy evenings.

With the promise of a long overdue heat wave expected this summer, don’t be caught out by trying to get your garden ready on the day of a family barbeque or leaving it too late in the season to take full advantage of alfresco living.

Our gardens now act as an extension to our indoor areas, with beautiful French doors opening up to make continued living spaces, well planned seating areas with fire pits creating cosy evening entertainment spots and dramatically filled raised beds providing colour, contrast and shape throughout the day.

We’ve consulted our garden gurus to find out their top tips to transform your outdoor space:


  • Jet washing those slimy patios and decking areas is a must.
  • For fence painting, use creative colours to add a statement splash to your garden backdrop.
  • Help banish weeds with bark or chippings to keep summer maintenance to a minimum.
  • Refresh your grass with some love – regular mowing, feeding and create a border with bedding plants or perennials all well ahead of any planned lawn games.
  • Invest in a stylish shed or storage unit to hide away unused furniture or kids toys.


  • Use an oversized rug to create colour and help define a seating area and complement with cushions for relaxed seating.
  • Place large ornate mirrors on walls in small gardens to create reflection and a sense of space.
  • Solar lights come in so many varieties, from lanterns to strings of fairy lights; add lots of different types to create illumination and dramatically light up your plant life.
  • Ribbons and garlands tied to tree branches and bushes inject vivid bursts of colour and patterns.
  • Plant some night-scented flowers such as Phlox, Honeysuckle or Jasmine to add wonderful aromatic fragrances for evening socialising.
  • Create a herb hub using a planter or hanging wall filled with aromatic delights close to a barbeque or seating area. Rosemary, thyme, mint, basil, coriander and lavender are all cheap to buy and make a great addition to outdoor cooking and cocktails.

Come and visit one of our developments for some additional garden inspiration, with beautiful planting and interesting entertainment areas, to help spark new ideas.

But above all, sit back, relax and enjoy the summertime!