When we bought our home I was a little put out when I saw the size of the back garden which is 28.5 sq metres (306 sq ft) as I had always wanted a huge garden but I loved the house so I decided that id have to get a little inventive with our outdoor space to make it work for us.
Above is how our garden looks now
This is how the garden originally looked
I wanted 2 areas, a seating area in the sun and a seating area for shade, the space in between I wanted to be jam packed with flowers!
With timber, decking and grass it all cost around £350.
If you look at the before garden picture you’ll see the large up and over garage door…that door is still here except its been disguised with ivy on a roll.
Its around £30 a roll and if you have something as ugly as my garage door, then its perfect for hiding it. We are still able to open the door as there is hardly any weight in the ivy.
The above picture is also our shaded seating area…I wanted it to feel like another room, so we built an arch and gave it a white picket fence, its quite lovely sitting here in the evening with a glass of wine or in the morning with a cup of tea.
The arch and fencing came from BM stores and cost £130 for both including gate furniture.
Now the majority of the hard work was done, it was time for the fun bit , which was deciding on furniture and flowers….enter Kel! My lovely husband really didnt have much say in this part.
So furniture… in total we can comfortably seat 12 people in the garden
We have 2 benches, 1 bistro table, a sofa and 2 chairs.
My benches were made from old beds, the bistro set was from Ikea £45.00, the sofa set was originally from Asda however I got the whole set preloved for £40…oh I love a bargain!
When it comes to flowers for my garden there are 2 rules
1. Lots of them
2. Predominately Pink
My favourite flowers are Daisies, Petunias and Hydrangeas and you will see them in abundance in my garden.
Their are lots of different breeds of Petunias but my favourite are Surfinias..these are the ones you see in my hanging baskets, they grow to be extremely full and they trail beautifully….I always go pink with Petunias
Daisies..I love Shasta and Marguerite, Shastas come back every year, they grow quite tall and mine bloom in the later summer months, Marguerite daisies…well there just so pretty and delicate and if well looked after mine will last till November.
My Hydrangeas come back every year and can grow very large, though I restrict their growth as all mine are potted.
My garden does require quite a lot of maintenance to keep it looking nice but its so worth it and its one of the areas im most proud of , its taken a lot of work to get here but weather permitting we get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
Any questions welcome