Garden Design, How To, Scott

Many gardens in the UK look the same. A fenced-in rectangle lawn is a default option for most new build houses but gardens should be so much more than that. They’re spaces that should bring joy; places you go to relax, socialise, work and play. Luckily there are quick and easy garden design hacks to introduce a little more personality into any garden. Not only will this bring interest and character to your space but it will ensure your garden is far removed from the default option; it will be a space you can take pride and joy in. 

Screening

garden screenng

Screening is a cheap and easy way to create the illusion of more space in your garden. Introducing a divide helps create mystery as to how far back the full space goes. Anything can be used to create this effect; Primrose stock purpose-built screening solutions but you could also use trellis or planting. This simple trick can transform your default rectangular lawn into a space that invites you in to investigate. What will you find beyond the screening? This is a simple method of garden design to divide spaces for multiple uses; keeping the kids play area separate from the dining space or separating your formal space from your vegetable patch.

Pathways

garden pathway

One of the best ways to bring meaning to a garden is to think in terms of journeys and destinations. The easiest way to create a journey is with a garden path. This one addition will add meaning to your garden, giving it a clear use and purpose. Combine this with your screening to create a pathway that escapes to a hidden destination and you’ve instantly got a space that’s begging to be explored. Try drawing a simple rectangle on a piece of paper then experiment with various lines to see how a path could break up the space. Will you have straight lines, winding pathways or stepping stones? 

Furniture

garden furniture

Now that we have created a journey with our pathways and screening we need something at the end of the path. What do you want to be doing in your garden? If you want to have a quiet comfortable space to read, invest in a bench or arbour. If you want a social space to entertain on summer evenings, perhaps a dining table on a patio? Always consider what you want to use your garden for and make this your destination at the end of your gardens journey. It will become a space you look forward to visiting and give your garden purpose. Multiple spaces can be separated this way and having clear perimeters stops everything from floating randomly.   

Bedding and Lawns

garden beds

With distinct sections in your garden, you now have an opportunity to make full use of garden beds. These should be used to fill in space around your pathways and destinations. They make the journey to your destinations more pleasant with colour and texture. A good rule of thumb no matter what the style you want, is to select 7 plants that you love and use these to fill your space. This will give a sense of cohesion across your garden and a limit to work within which will help you think more creatively.

Details

Your garden is probably looking quiet special by now but there are plenty of other garden design hacks you can add in for that “final touch”. 

Mirrors – these are an excellent way of tricking the eye into seeing more space, especially in a garden where mirrors can be used to make beds and planted areas look more expansive than they are.

Water features – the sound of running water is proven to help reduce stress and aid relaxation. Hidden water features (remember your screening) draw us in with their calming sounds.

Lighting – using lights through the garden can help to bring attention to those elements you wish to highlight. Lining a garden path with lights can give your journeys more distinction, whilst putting lighting in a social area can make them more cosy in the evenings. 

Scott at PrimroseScott Roberts is a copywriter currently making content for the Primrose site and blog. When at his desk he’s thinking of new ways to describe a garden bench. Away from his desk he’s either looking at photos of dogs or worrying about the environment. He does nothing else, just those two things.

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Evie, Fire Pits, Garden Design, Make over

cosy autumn nights

Although summer garden parties are now a fond distant memory, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying the most comfortable time of year outside in your garden. We’ve handpicked a selection of items designed to transform your outdoor space into a cosy place of sanctuary that you can enjoy, even during the Autumn nights.

You may be thinking, “Garden furniture? What about the rain?” but that is precisely why I have selected Teak furniture as this month’s bench of choice. Known for durability and its strength to withstand extreme weather conditions, teak furniture is ideal for anyone who seeks a comfortable bench with very little maintenance required. 

Due to its durability, teak is unlikely to suffer from rotting, termites, and many other damaging wood conditions. In fact, choosing teak with high quality wood and a high oil content is set to be your greatest investment all year. Warm and golden in colour, a teak bench is an Autumn garden essential, and usually big enough for nearly the whole family to share. Of course, if you’d like to give your teak bench more protection, you can opt for a furniture cover during non-use.

Does anything scream Autumn like toasting marshmallows by the fire? The best part is, you don’t need a big bonfire to do it. Let the natural elements keep you warm outside this Autumn with an outdoor fire pit. In cast iron, this classic firebowl ties in traditional tones with hard-wearing construction. Whether it’s the warmth you like, or simply the sound of the fire crackles as the wood burns, a firebowl is guaranteed to set the mood for your Autumn garden. 

It wouldn’t be a cosy evening without fluffy blankets now would it? It’s time to get the kettle on and wrap up under a big woven throw while you enjoy the crisp fresh air. Many gardeners will say, Autumn and Winter is when you work hard in your garden but Summer is when you get to enjoy it. With these additions, you can enjoy it all year round.

With Autumn, comes darker nights. Don’t let poor visibility stop you from getting outside and enjoying this season. Light up your garden into a magical magnificence with luxurious outdoor lighting. You could place these above your garden bench, by your back door, or even perfectly placed along your walkway. If traditional styles are to your taste, popular lighting options include decorative wall lights, stylish lamp posts, and glowing pedestal lights. Whereas, a favourite amongst modern gardeners are sparkling string lights and eye-catching hanging lanterns.

Shop the look:

Oxford 4 Seat Bench Teak Furniture

Cast Iron Rust Finish Fire Bowl

Hyde Park Outdoor Wall Lantern

Lifestyle Throws & Blankets

 

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Evie works in the Primrose Marketing Team.

Growing up in the English countryside, she likes nothing more than to be surrounded by nature’s peace and quiet, with the addition of the family pets of course!

Evie is passionate about all things digital marketing and loves the challenge of combining creativity with online content.

When not at her desk, you’ll typically find her in the gym, posting on social media, or watching a popular series on Netflix!

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Garden Design, Gardening, Gary, New Products, Planters

There are a lot of different planters out there, with styles to match every garden design and climate. With so much choice it can be hard to know what to buy; a stone planter may look nice but might be too heavy, a zinc planter may give you the sleek look you want, but not be strong enough. If you are looking for a catch-all planter material we would recommend you consider Fibrecotta. 

Fibrecotta Planter in Garden
Fibrecotta Planter in Garden

 

What is it ?

Fibrecotta is a compound material made from layering cellulose fiber and clay with fiberglass. Once shaped, the finished material is then set, rather than fired. This manufacturing process leaves very little waste when compared to other materials and because it is set rather than fired it is more environmentally friendly.

Why Fibrecotta?

Lightweight –  Fibrecotta is a lightweight material that lets you easily position even large planters wherever you want in your garden.

Durable  – Because of their fiberglass content, Fibrecotta is a strong material that can cope with everything the weather can throw at it. Importantly, it is frost resistant so you can leave the planter out all year. It will also not corrode with the natural acids and alkalis in the soil.

Easy drainage – Like it’s heavier cousin, Terracotta, Fibrestone is porous, meaning that water will naturally filter through the planter providing you with drainage without having to drill holes.    

Good for soil – the porous walls of this planter not only allow for easier drainage, but they have a great effect on the soil too. As the water drains it takes the soils naturally present minerals with it helping your plant to thrive

Ages naturally – The passing of minerals through the planter means that it ages at the same rate as Terracotta. If you are looking for a planter that matures alongside your garden, Fibrecotta is the ideal choice. 

There are many benefits to planters made of this material. Not only is durable, lightweight and good for your plants, but it comes in many shapes and colours. Sound like the type of planter for you? Shop the range now at primrose.co.uk.

Set of terracotta coloured Fibrecotta planters from Primrose.co.uk

 

Gary at PrimroseGary works in the Primrose product loading team, writing product descriptions and other copy. With seven years as a professional chef under his belt, he can usually be found experimenting in the kitchen or sat reading a book.

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Evie, Garden Design

Garden Furniture Rattan

Interior Design Meets Outdoor Living

Designing the home and garden has taken on a whole new dimension this year as enthusiasts bring their interior style, outdoors. With a rise in popularity: garden sofa sets, patio rugs, and waterproof cushions are bringing a modern twist on traditional garden style this summer.

Garden Furniture RattanAs the garden party season is fast approaching, the entertainment value of owning a sofa set in your back garden is most certainly a luxury not only for you, but for your guests too. Just landed on the Primrose website is the Sherborne collection by Asha. Made from PE Rattan, this material is mould, UV, and weather resistant.

 


Grow Your Own Fruit & Vegetables

Growing your own is a trend that I can’t see leaving anytime soon, and rightfully so. There is great pleasure to be had in growing your own fruit and vegetables, especially when you get to devour them on your dinner plate or gift them to family and friends once harvested. From raised bed patio planters, mini greenhouses, or windowsill “grow your own” kits, there are many options available for everyone to get involved, no matter how big or small your garden is.

Grow Your Own Tomatoes


Multisensory Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

Creating a sensory immersive experience in your garden through plants is a trend on the rise. Garden enthusiasts are increasingly using horticultural texture, colour, and fragrance as core factors to delight the senses in their outdoor designs.

Herb Garden

Multisensory outdoor spaces encourage individuals to interact with nature, and they are especially great for children to explore. There are also therapeutic elements to this gardening style, with sensory meditation proven to be beneficial for our wellbeing and mental health.

A few of my favourite methods to engage the senses include planting bunches of fragrant lavender, bold and blooming hydrangeas, or aromatic herb gardens.

 


The Bee-Kind Pollination Promise

90% of all plants require cross pollination from bees and insects to reproduce and thrive. A third of the world’s food sources are dependent on pollination. So whilst bees and other pollinating insects have been in decline for a number of years, the disappearance of these crucial animals will directly impact the human race and our survival. It is our duty to help these insects just as much as they help us.

Bumblebee

A bee travels from flower to flower feeding on its nectar, it transports pollen from plant to plant as it sticks to the tiny hairs on the insect’s body. Planting bee friendly plants in your garden will attract and encourage cross-pollination and aid the survival of bees in your local area.

Head Gardener of The National Trust’s Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Amanda Thackeray says: “When the golden marjoram is in flower in high summer, the entire borders seem to be humming. Our globe thistles are bee magnets too.” It has since been recorded that seven different species of bumble bee have been sighted at Wordsworth House. What bumblebee species have you sighted in your garden?

 Popular bee-friendly plants include:

Back to Basics – Relax & Unwind in the Great Outdoors

Child in Hammock

A trend perfect for those who struggle to switch off! As many of us now lead such busy lives with technology connecting us here, there and everywhere, converting your outdoor space into an idyllic setting is a trend thriving this year. As wellbeing and health trends rise in popularity, yoga and mindfulness have become techniques used by millions to relax and unwind. What better location to practice your warrior yoga pose or quietly read a book than outside in your own sunny back garden?

 

Primrose recommends comfortable hammocks as the ideal way to soak up some sunshine in the great outdoors. Simply roll out your hammock from its easy storage bag, and tie it up using the rope supports between two trees or wall hooks. Ta-dah! The perfect reading, mindfulness or snoozing location!

The rain won’t last forever, get ahead of the season with Primrose’s Garden Party Savings, over 1000 products up to 20% off, including garden furniture, sail shades and water features. Click here.

 

Evie works in the Primrose Marketing Team.

Growing up in the English countryside, she likes nothing more than to be surrounded by nature’s peace and quiet, with the addition of the family pets of course!

Evie is passionate about all things digital marketing and loves the challenge of combining creativity with online content.

When not at her desk, you’ll typically find her in the gym, posting on social media, or watching a popular series on Netflix!

See all of Evie’s posts.