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Country garden with vintage summerhouse Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Reclaim your shed, paint it mint green and sky blue, then add some classic wicker furniture for the ultimate retreat at the end of your garden. Give it a homely feel with cushions in retro floral prints and a pretty painting. Add a rug for extra comfort, and hang a voile curtain across the door so you can shelter from the sun but still enjoy the breeze. Love your garden? See more great garden design ideas and our pick of the best garden buys. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and competitions. Image credit: David Brittain
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Simple Garden Ideas

Reclaim your shed, paint it mint green and sky blue, then add some classic wicker furniture for the ultimate retreat at the end of your garden. Give it a homely feel with cushions in retro floral prints and a pretty painting. Add a rug for extra comfort, and hang a voile curtain across the door so you can shelter from the sun but still enjoy the breeze. Love your garden? See more great garden design ideas and our pick of the best garden buys. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and competitions.
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If your garden is looking a little tired, we have the solution. Our easy garden transformations will have things looking better in no time. If you have a summerhouse or shed, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint for an instant lift. Go colonial by choosing a colour palette of pale greens and creams. Try moving a garden bench to a new spot and creating a quiet area for rest and relaxation. Dress it up with plenty of cushions and think about installing good lighting so you can enjoy this space in the evening too. If the bench is old, spruce it up with a fresh paint treatment. Does your patio need some attention? Again, try moving things around for a fresh take – could the bench or table and chairs be repositioned? Plant plenty of tubs around the seating area with scented blooms and herbs for you to enjoy. Fences might need a facelift too, so think about colour blocking to add some modern pizzazz to your garden. Alternatively look at using bamboo or reed screening positioned in front of fences to transform the look – these options are eco-friendly too. If you have garden decking, give this a jolly good clean to spruce up your space in an instant. If there is a dark, gloomy corner, try transforming it with a weatherproof mirror positioned to create a focal point where there previously wasn’t anything to see but cobwebs. Other projects to consider include an easy water feature, such as a tub, to add the soothing sound of running water without having to go all out and install a pond, or creating an outdoor ‘kitchen area’ with a brick-built barbecue space. Finally, two instant transformations are creating neat edges with brick or stone to frame your lawn and remembering to plant swathes of bulbs at the relevant time of year for instant seasonal colour.

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Swing chair Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest If you’re a romantic at heart why not make space for a garden swing? It can add a sense of drama to a small garden or decking area. Wrap flowers and leaves around the sides for a flower-child vibe. Want more garden inspiration? Check out our garden channel page for images, videos, garden shopping buys and more. Don’t miss any of the latest news and features by following us on Twitter and Facebook Image credit: Emma Mitchell
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Simple Garden Ideas

If you’re a romantic at heart why not make space for a garden swing? It can add a sense of drama to a small garden or decking area. Wrap flowers and leaves around the sides for a flower-child vibe. Want more garden inspiration? Check out our garden channel page for images, videos, garden shopping buys and more. Don’t miss any of the latest news and features by following us on Twitter and Facebook
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Contemporary garden Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Get creative in your garden, even if you’re short on space. We love this decked area with a dramatic wall hanging, cube plant pots and a designer chair. Add a good garden music system for relaxing summer days in the garden.
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Simple Garden Ideas

Get creative in your garden, even if you’re short on space. We love this decked area with a dramatic wall hanging, cube plant pots and a designer chair. Add a good garden music system for relaxing summer days in the garden.
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Simple Garden Ideas

Vegetables and herbs have a place in the flower garden. Brian Minter uses herbs to edge his beds and borders, and he’s especially partial to variegated mint because it arrives early and stays late. “In the garden, integration is the key,” he says. The mint’s aroma wafts on the breeze when visitors brush against it, and the chefs in the garden’s restaurants snip sprigs to flavor the day’s fare.

Integrate Your Plants Vegetables and herbs have a place in the flower garden. Brian Minter uses herbs to edge his beds and borders, and he’s especially partial to variegated mint because it arrives early and stays late. “In the garden, integration is the key,” he says. The mint’s aroma wafts on the breeze when visitors brush against it, and the chefs in the garden’s restaurants snip sprigs to flavor the day’s fare.
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Don’t Forget Containers In early spring, long before the garden bursts into color, Brian pots up containers that bridge the seasons with bright foliage and subtle textures. He starts with a weeping hemlock, then adds a euphorbia or two. Next comes a sampling of Heuchera ‘Marmalade’ followed by a streak of Sedum ‘Angelina’. “With foliage like this, who needs flowers?” he says. He does tuck in a few violas — but mostly for his chefs to toss into springtime salads. Get more ideas for early-season containers.
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Garden fence and bench painted in block colours Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest A garden fence is a fantastic blank canvas for you to express your creativity. For a contemporary and edgy look, paint colour blocks in clashing colours. Not only will you be adding valuable protection, you’ll be making an artistic statement. Similar coloured fence treatmentsRonseal Image credit: James Merrell
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There is absolutely nothing wrong in wanting a garden that has a lawn; children can play on it, you can have parties there, and a plain green sward can be very calming simply to sit and contemplate. Elevate your patch of vert by surrounding it with borders that add colour, height, texture and interest to the overall scene. Here, this early summer garden is given a classic English country cast with well-worn red brick paths and borders of tiered planting, a pleasing mix of ground-hugging box balls, digitalis (foxgloves), hollyhocks and lavender, and towering above, a stilt hedge of London plane trees. Digitalis seedsThe Botanic Nursery
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The secret to cultivating intrigue in the garden? “Always have a curve,” Brian says. “You want to keep them guessing — What’s up ahead? What will I discover? You don’t need a lot of space to achieve that.” Stroll to the other end of this vine-festooned arbor and you’ll come upon a 110-foot-long, 15-foot-high wall of water that pours over Roman pillars to create a misty veil for viewing the garden beyond.
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Brian creates the illusion of a large expanse by tapering the space so it’s narrower at the far end of this formal garden. “The garden is 8 feet narrower at the far end than it is in the foreground, where it measures 20 feet across from boxwood to boxwood,” Brian says. The result: a space that appears one-and-a-half times its actual length.
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Incorporate Curves The secret to cultivating intrigue in the garden? “Always have a curve,” Brian says. “You want to keep them guessing — What’s up ahead? What will I discover? You don’t need a lot of space to achieve that.” Stroll to the other end of this vine-festooned arbor and you’ll come upon a 110-foot-long, 15-foot-high wall of water that pours over Roman pillars to create a misty veil for viewing the garden beyond.
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Use the Power of Perspective Brian creates the illusion of a large expanse by tapering the space so it’s narrower at the far end of this formal garden. “The garden is 8 feet narrower at the far end than it is in the foreground, where it measures 20 feet across from boxwood to boxwood,” Brian says. The result: a space that appears one-and-a-half times its actual length.
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Go with Rich, Dark Colors Your garden will profit from the addition of plants with dark purple foliage that appears blackish. “Black foliage creates magical combinations in the garden,” he says. “Just look at these dark-leaved begonias and ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ dahlias.”

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