One of the biggest tools in any designer’s arsenal is the use of colour, and gardening is no different. The obvious go-to tool is nature’s paint brush: flowers. Flowers can create focal points and areas of contrast, boost local wildlife by bringing pollinators to your back garden, and allow you to establish a colour scheme in a sea of green and brown.
If you want to be mindful of using colour while also growing crops, plenty of vegetables have beautiful flowers, too. Garlic chives grow lovely white petals while basil flowers are a dramatic wine-red. Unfortunately, some vegetables and herbs don’t keep their taste after the flowering process, so do your research.
We’ve talked about the act of designing your natural masterpiece, but maintenance also goes a long way. You can cut low-hanging branches from bushes and trees to improve their silhouette, give your fence or trellises a fresh coat of complimentary paint, and smooth over cracks in your patios and steps. Keeping these elements in top nick will allow your other design choices to shine through, allowing your gardens to be the tranquil sanctuary that you deserve.
We’re certain that with a little research and elbow-grease, you can be on your way to a better garden – and a better state of mind, too. Many of our superb homes come with a green space to cultivate into your very own green haven. You can visit our developments page to discover a home with the perfect natural canvas with which to nurture your design dreams.