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Freshening up for Spring – From Raised Beds to Garden Arches

Now that we’re heading towards the end of winter it’s time to start thinking about freshening up your garden’s image, whether you’re wanting to completely re-landscape it or you want a bit of a restyle. We’ve put together a few hints and tips to give your garden a new image without the upheaval of a complete landscape:

1.Raised Beds

Raised beds are a great way to add some character to your garden, especially if you want to put in some new plants or perhaps even create a vegetable patch. A raised bed will also make it easier for you to manage things such as changing the soil composition or pH, as you can just empty the bed and start over.

To make your raised beds successful you could also buy accessories such as support frames, especially useful if you plan to grow climbers in them, or cold frames and covers so you can protect your plants in the winter months.

2. Garden Benches

A garden bench is a great way to improve your garden’s atmosphere whilst giving you a place to relax after a hard day’s gardening. Garden benches are best placed at the bottom of the garden or in a place where you are able to sit and admire your horticultural creation.

Garden benches come in a range of styles and there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. There are metal garden benches as well as the standard wooden bench seat as well as a variety of bench styles to choose from. You could opt for a romantic garden love seat to spend some quality time with your significant other or stick with a classic two seater, whatever you choose will add another dimension to your outside space.

3. Greenhouse

A greenhouse is a brilliant addition to your garden and will give you the opportunity to spend some time growing your own fruit and vegetable or cultivating flowers that need to thrive in a warmer temperature.

There are literally thousands of greenhouses available on the market including plastic greenhouses and timber greenhouses, each one ideal for its own purpose. Greenhouses are great because you can fill them with whatever you want, and there is so much potential in them for shelving or adding workbenches, even a mister or heater can be added according to the temperature and needs of the plant.

4. Potting Benches and accessories

Having accessories such as potting benches and a variety of garden accessories around the garden can add some charisma to your space and make it seem stylish whilst giving it an authentic feel, especially wooden versions. Potting benches can also come in handy for actually potting your new plants in sprint or transferring them to larger pots as they grow.

Although potting benches and other garden accessories make great ornaments and features for a garden, it’s worth remembering the amount of rain we have in the UK. If you are intending to leave your potting bench outside then try and ensure it will be somewhere relatively dry.

5. Garden Arches

Garden arches are great decorative pieces that will bring a touch of style to any garden, providing you have a pathway through the garden. The use of garden arches are perfect for separating different parts of your garden, such as a vegetable or flower garden and a section of lawn turf.

By coupling garden arches with small fences you can create an effective barrier between areas of your garden. Garden arches are also extremely effective frames for climbing plants and some amazing effects can be created by taking advantage of this with flowers such as roses or even ivy to give the arch a fairytale appearance.

Try all of these tips to freshen up your garden in time for spring.