BEFORE AND AFTERThe back garden was definitely the compromise in this house. It’s small, very small. But having spent a summer in it I’ve grown to really love it. We didn’t have a garden in the cottage we lived in previously so any outside space, even as small as it is, was a bonus for us. We barbecued almost every evening through the summer last year and sat out late into the evenings on our comfy corner sofa drinking far too much sangria !
Since then though it has been a bit neglected and now is looking rather sad. I’m desperate for the weather to improve so I can get out there and make it look pretty again. I have a few things planned..
Firstly, I’d like to replace the fence with contemporary horizontal panels like these. I think it will make a huge difference to the look of the garden.
I’m also on the lookout for a planter with a trellis panel to block off the side alleyway from the rest of the garden. Most garden centres sell the standard wooden types but how beautiful is this vintage style one? Unfortunately this is from an Australian site (they just have the best things don’t they? First Kmart, now these stylish planters – it’s just not fair!) so I’m on the hunt to try and find something similar in the UK. Alternatively I may have a go at DIY-ing one – how hard can it be?!
In attempt to make the garden seem bigger than it actually is, I’d also like to get a mirror for the back fence. That might sound like a strange idea but I think it can look really effective.
Last on the list is a fire pit. I dream about sitting out in the garden, wrapped up in a blanket toasting marshmallows on the fire. This one from Cox and Cox is just perfect.
Do any of you have big plans for your gardens this year? I’d love to hear all about them so leave me a comment below.