Feeling inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show but don’t have the time, inclination or green fingers to create a masterpiece?
Fear not: even if you haven’t been out in the garden for months sowing seeds and turning soil, you can still create your very own haven with relatively little time or effort.
Ever dreamt of living in a country cottage with flowers growing over the door? Well, while a move might not be on the cards, you can add instant curb appeal to your home by investing in planters to flank your front door. Buxus and bay trees make ideal additions and look great threaded with solar fairy lights. They take very little care and create a warm welcome.
For real country charm, consider digging a hole and planting wisteria. This fast growing vine will need a trellis to grow up but the (minimal) efforts are well worth it.
Growing prize plants takes experience and serious patience. Make it easy on yourself and visit a garden centre where all the work has been done for you. Potted plants can add instant colours, scent, and bring the birds and the bees to you.
All pots were not created equally
It’s not just the plants you need to consider but the pot you decide to grow it in. If you’ve got tall plants, make sure the pot is sufficiently heavy or consider filling the bottom with stones, which can also help with drainage. Aside from practical consideration, there’s also the aesthetic; there are so many options out there – rustic, oriental, modern – you might want to mix and match, or stick to one specific style.
The rise of the vertical garden
If you have limited space, a balcony or courtyard, vertical gardens offer the opportunity to add lots of colour, scents and styles. Choose from ladders, cascade and hanging planters. Simply pick a spot and fill it with your favourite flowers and plants.