The South West London Gardener

10 Features to Help Make the Most of a Spring Garden

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Spring is finally here.

The cold weather and dark nights of winter and now nothing but a distant memory and you can start beginning to get ready to spend more time in your garden.

With the longer nights and warmer weather comes plenty of opportunity to get outside and enjoy your outside space, but how can you make sure you’re really making the most of it this spring?

Well, here are ten ideas from the Southwest London Gardener.

Let’s take a look.

wood and stone garden

1. Add Spring Blooming Flowers

There are many species of bright and beautiful flower that burst into life in the spring, making them a great choice for your garden at this time of year.

The most famous of all is the tulip, whose bloom is seen by many as the start of spring. These come in lovely shades of yellow and red and can have a great effect.

Some more flowers you can look to grow in this season are daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses, so there is plenty of choices of flower to bring your spring garden to life.

2. Get Some Shade with a Pergola

A pergola is the perfect structure to really catch the eye in a spring garden.

While it does provide some shade (although there is still sunlight that can break through the gaps) it is also a great design feature and when wrapped with lights or plants for example, can create a beautiful scene.

If you’re trying to create a zone in which you can relax in your garden and enjoy some time in the spring sunshine, then there aren’t many better structures than a pergola to sit underneath.

3. Think of Fragrances

One of the best things about spring is when you catch the scent of some of the flowers that are beginning to blossom.

This adds another element to the joy of spending time in your garden during this time, and using plants such as lavender and roses can add a sweet and relaxing fragrance to your outside space.

Being in your garden at this time of the year is a delight as you can smell the lawns down your street beginning to be cut and adding to that with some delightfully sweet flowers is the perfect combination for a relaxing spring afternoon.

4. Set the Scene with Some Night Lights

One of the great parts of spring is that the nights begin to get warmer, meaning you can spend more time in your garden after work.

One thing that can really help create a lovely scene when the sun goes down and things get dark are night lights.

These make a great feature when hung upon a fence or lighting up a pathway.

Not only do they help to keep things brighter in the darkness, but they can be a great asset in creating a relaxation zone where you can sit and enjoy the last hours of warmth in the day.

5. Create or Add a Water Feature

Water features are always lovely in a garden, but none more so than spring.

They are great at attracting wildlife and spotting the birds and other creatures that pay a visit to your garden in this season is a real joy.

They are also perfect at providing a calm atmosphere in your garden.

Not just looking at a lovely feature such as a pond or a waterfall, but also listening to the sound of running water can help to really make the most of your outside space.

Twickenham pergola

6. Attract Some Nature

On the topic of nature and wildlife, there’s more ways to attract some of the lovely creatures native to our part of the world in springtime.

While the nights can still get a bit chilly, why not try providing some shelter in the form of a pile of twigs and leaves that can help critters such as hedgehogs get a warm rest at night.

It is also always nice to put out some food for these animals, such as fruit and seeds for birds who are sure to appreciate the abundance of nutrients after a long winter.

7. Grow Your Own Food

Spring is a great time to get out in your garden and start planting some fruit and vegetables that will grow throughout the upcoming months.

Most of the vegetables that you plan to grow need to be planted in the months around March and May so think of what you would like to eat and what you think you have the space to grow.

Once, you have your chosen vegetables, either create a planter or place them straight into the ground, and before long you’ll be enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of your labour.

8. Find Somewhere to Sit

Now the sun is coming out more during the day, and more importantly, it is nice and warm when you’re in it, it is the ideal time to get somewhere to sit and enjoy it.

Try and pick out the spot in your garden which gets the most sunlight throughout the day and use this as the base for your seating area.

Add some furniture such as seats and a table and get ready to spend many hours basking in the sun.

This is also a great zone to build in your garden if you are planning on socialising with friends.

9. Involve the Entire Family

While children may not want to spend too much time in the garden during the cold and wet months of winter, spring is a great time to get them involved.

Try incorporating some elements which they can enjoy, such as mud kitchens.

There are many ways you can get your children involved in gardening, so the next time you’re planning on planting some seeds or doing a spot of digging, why not let them help out.

They’re sure to love it and who knows, you may just have a future professional gardener on your hands.

10. Build a Pathway

The final thing that can really help to make the most out of your spring garden is a pathway.

This can be made from many different natural materials, such as wood or stone, and is the perfect way to join together different zones of your outside space.

In spring, there is still a high chance the grass will be a bit wet, so having a path means that you don’t have to walk on this every time, allowing it to grow fully.

As mentioned earlier, why not add some lights along it as well to really make it stand out as a stunning feature.

Maximise your Spring Garden with The Southwest London Gardener

If you need a helping hand in really making the most out of your garden this spring, then why not get in touch with The Southwest London Gardener.

Our team can work on any of the features above and more and can make your garden ideal for this wonderful season.

We look forward to hearing from you.