Rescuing your garden after #StormEmma


Greetings from the Sunny Snowy South East!


With many parts of Wicklow and Wexford under snow this week, all thoughts go to keeping everyone safe, warm and indoors as much as possible.  While it is a novelty and stunning to look out at, all this snow is likely to cause considerable damage to smaller town gardens, especially those with poor drainage or timber boundaries that are not designed to stand up to these unfamiliar Siberian conditions.  If you have been thinking about giving your garden a makeover, as the snow subsides over the next days (hopefully), this might well be the right time to create your dream space in time for the summer.


Getting Started


Landscaping and designing a tiny garden, balcony or patio area takes some planning to maximise the area to its fullest potential. However, once you begin the transformation it can be glorifying and superb. If you require some tips on making the most of your tiny garden or patio we have done the research and have put together some great tips to make your garden renovation as easy as it can be.


Design is key


You may not think you have to plan for such a small area, but it is vital step. One wrong measurement or bad decision and it could be costly. Replacing bought furniture is a nuisance or realising that the flowers you bought are not suitable for their surroundings is another issue. Do your homework and sketch out a little plan, talk to your local garden centre and when engaging professionals to help you, ensure they are in no doubt of your dream garden vision.


Think outside the (flower) box


You don’t need a green grass area to create a wonderful garden and flower beds are not essential either. A low-maintenance ground option such as gravel is great for small gardens. Add heaps of pots, filled with everything from flowers to plants to tall and bushy trees. The addition of quirky garden gnomes, water features or garden ornaments (used sparingly, of course) will brighten the whole area up and, once it all comes together, it will be fabulous.


Be ‘Furniture Smart’


There is a huge array of furniture options available for gardens but pivotably you require something small, durable and foldable unless you have storage for them. The coffee/bistro style tables and chairs are perfect for small spaces and they bring a touch of Paris to your garden space. They can be covered over in the winter months and covers are vital if you don’t have shed space otherwise your garden furniture (no matter how well treated it may be) will not stand the test of time.


Paint the Walls White


White paint is often used to make the most of a small space because of its brightening and lightening properties, and gardens can benefit from this trick, too. With white painted brickwork and white garden furniture, this is a stylish way to bring the illusion of space while looking clean, crisp and smart.


Decking/Patio Area


Create a smart decking area or a small patio that you can place your furniture on. Artificial grass is growing popular and if you love a green area this may be a viable option instead of a real lawn. Choosing your ideal flooring will make the rest of the garden design easy. If a decking area is your choice, consider wooden furniture to match and apply some earthy and natural surroundings. A patio gives you more options to play around and they work well with fine furnishings, fabrics and water features. Synthetic grass is maintenance free and will work alongside bistro style furnishings, it is also extremely good for kiddies and slides or sandpits can be added to make it an ideal child friendly zone.


Don’t forget lighting


Some good lighting can bring your garden space to the next level especially for the evenings and when you entertain guests. It will be romantic and relaxing. Luckily, there are loads of options too depending on your personal preference.

Now, all you need to do is make out your garden plans and start creating your dream garden or patio space.



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