Learn how to dig in and create the garden of your dreams, perfect for relaxing and outdoor entertaining this summer…

No matter the size of your garden and how you would like it to function, here are some tips to help you bring your dream garden to life:

Start with a vision

To begin, you’ll need a better understanding of the canvas you have available to work with.

Take a walk around your garden and make a note of sunny areas that sun-worshipping plants would love and shadier areas that you could convert into a peaceful escape or a lively entertainment area.

Once you have an idea of the space you’re working with, it is time to get the creative juices growing.

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Step into paradise

It is important to have an idea of the types of flowers and colours you’d like to see in your garden as well as possible areas where you can plant trees and shrubs.

Having mapped out the garden beds, you’ll have a better idea of where you want to place pathways that invite one to explore and soak up the beauty of the garden.

Consider using potted plants on a decorative bridge as a charming focal point. Garden water features are also attractive and the soothing sound of water falling adds an element of calm. Water features also entice birds to the garden.

An entertainer’s dream 

A tranquil garden is a gorgeous backdrop for relaxing family lunches soaking up the afternoon sun and can be transformed into an enchanting paradise at night.

You could add a fire pit in the centre of an entertainment area to create a cosy atmosphere.  Add a few comfy outdoor couches and cushions, and you’re set to enjoy hours entertaining under the moonlight.

Position garden lights to emphasise large trees, stunning flower beds and walkways, and use fairy lights to add a magical sparkle. You could also plant flowers that look their best under the moonlight and others that emit the most fragrance at night.

Small patio makeover ideas

Source: www.lifeisagarden.co.za