The Three Ps for the perfect garden

Whether you’re the lucky owner of rolling acres, or a city-dweller with a neglected window box, spring provides an opportunity to give them all a little TLC. Creating your dream outdoor space, not only gives you something beautiful to look at, it’s good for you mentally, too.

There’s something very relaxing about carefully preparing soil and sewing seeds, which is followed by a sense of accomplishment when those seeds grow into something beautiful. Getting back to nature provides us all with a chance to slow down, in this increasingly hectic world.

So whether you’re a gardening novice, or your green thumb is legendary, it’s time to follow the Three Ps and create a space that reminds you why you love your home – both inside and out.

1. Preparation

To give your plants the very best chance, you need to spend a bit of time preparing the soil. Weed out anything that shouldn’t be there, and remove large stones. Turn over the soil using a fork, and mix in some compost for good measure – you want to create a warm, nutrient rich home for your brand new bulbs and seeds.

And while that might look like work, there’s no reason you can’t collect style points (as well as Nectar points!) while you’re doing it. This 3-piece garden tool set has a chic William Morris design, in turquoise, this season’s hottest colour.

 

William Morris tool set, Dunelm

 

2. Planting

When choosing what you’re going to grow, consider the garden you have. Petunias and marigolds do well in window boxes, lilies and tulips love to be in the sun, and busy lizzies and pansies can cope where it’s a little shadier.

This rattan planter offers both designer styling and durability, so will see you through this year and beyond. And its lightweight design means that it’s perfect for positioning your plants in the best possible spot in your garden.

If you want to get more than just a visual feast from your garden, consider planting a vegetable patch or herb garden. You can grow all sorts of herbs, as well as cherry tomatoes, chillis and radishes in spaces as small as window boxes. And if you’ve got a larger space, there’s not much more satisfying than using your own carrots, lettuces and beans in a homemade salad.

eBay can be a great place to uncover both well-loved favourites and more unusual bulbs and seeds. If you’re just beginning to garden, there are plenty of sellers offering a selection box of bulbs, which lets you experiment with what grows best in your space, and collect points while you’re doing so!

Rattan Case Low Flower Pot Planter Garden Outdoor Indoor 60cm White RTC60H, eBay

3. Prettifying

While you’re waiting for your hard work to pay off, it’s time to address that other garden job: accessorising!

Here’s the place to add your personality, so whether you want to create a chic urban sun trap, or a dreamy and romantic bower, get creative.  Trying hanging solar-powered fairy lights around your window box or in tree branches, and adorning the wall with interesting touches, like a garden wall mirror, to make stepping into your garden like stepping into your idea of heaven.

 

La Hacienda Metal Garden Wall Mirror – Church and HOME Set of 100 LED Outdoor Solar String Lights, Argos