Angel Courtyard GardenTraditional Garden, London
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How long does it take to create a new garden?Our experts estimate it can take anything from around six months to a year and upwards to get from an initial appointment with a garden designer to a fully built and planted plot. “Every garden design is different,” Phil Hirst says, “but it will typically take at least two months to prepare a garden design before everything is ready for a contractor to start work.” “There’s a lot that goes into designing and building a garden properly, and it’s best not to rush the process,” Julia Cody says. “It’s a big investment for the client and it’s worth taking time over the process.”“The weather and the seasonal aspects of the business have an effect, too,” Roberto Silva says. “Some plants can only be planted in a certain season, or they’re not available to buy at certain times of the year.”
Add a focal pointDon’t assume your seating options are limited in a small garden. In fact, by breaking up the space into different zones, you’ll add interest and even trick the eye into thinking it’s a larger space than it is. The bench here provides a focal point and gives the owners an opportunity to sit among the plants and enjoy another view. While the patio might provide welcome shade in the summer, it’s also good to have a spot in full sun to soak up some vitamin D during the colder months.
Tidy up your bordersAfter the gloom of January, the sun starts to peek out intermittently in February. Make the most of those quick appearances to get outdoors for a tidy-up. If you didn’t put your garden to bed in the winter, you probably have a few borders with dead perennial stalks all over them. Get out your secateurs and cut everything back to the base, then give the soil a weed and a rake. This quick tidy-up should make a huge difference to the look of your outside space, and you’ll feel as if you’ve made a start on your garden ahead of the new season.Discover how to prune and look after wisteria
Groom your gardenDon’t forget the garden: it’s important to mow the lawn and trim bushes so they don’t look difficult to manage. “People want a garden that’s low maintenance,” says Hamilton. “It should be inviting and not look like it will suck up every weekend for the next year to get it under control.”Then add some bright colour with inexpensive plants – a cheap way to improve the overall impression of your home. Just make sure you keep the garden looking healthy – again, to make that crucial good first impression. “Water everything – from the plants to the driveway,” says Jemimah Barnett of London Realtor. “Water makes the plants look lush and green, and it makes the driveway look uniform.”What lengths did you go to to sell your last house? Share your tips in the Comments section.
Decide on the best garden sizeIf you’re going to renovate an old house, you might need to add an extension to get the most out of your living space. This is especially true of smaller properties. So it’s a good idea to think about how much garden will be left over once the work is done. The needs of your household will determine how much garden space you actually need. For example, if you have young children, you’ll probably want a garden with plenty of room for them to run around, while a couple on their own might only need a small area to enjoy alfresco dining.