Category Archives: Mini Makeovers – Garden Design Ideas

What does your front garden say about you?

Small Garden Design: Make your front door a really welcoming entrance      We believe that everyone can have a lovely garden even if you can’t afford to spend very much. We have always tried to show you how you can achieve a gorgeous garden with only a small amount of effort and having only spent what you can easily

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Fabulous Front Gardens

Small Garden Design: What does your garden say about you?     What do visitors think when they wander up your drive?  Do they think what you would like them to think about you.   I bet you have really thought about the decoration in your home, what colour the walls are what furniture you have, but but the first

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Wrong tree, wrong place

This must be a real pain to mow around, low wide branches at the base that will prickle anyone who ventures near with the Flymo! The needles and shade created will eventually cause the grass to perish underneath.    It may look lovely in December with fairy lights on it, but is it worth having the tree there all year

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The problem with mixed boxes of plants!

  One of my pet hates are mixed boxes of bedding plants, because it is so easy to go home and plop everything in one place, and it just looks untidy.  I mean in your sitting room would you mix pink, white blue yellow and green over brown and grey walls, (I am hoping you all are saying ‘no’ at

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A north facing front garden

A fairly typical front garden scene, but what do you see, what catches the eye and what does it say? You only see flat and up, your eye is drawn along the grass until it meets the wall, and there is a lot of flat ground.

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Standing out from the crowd!

 Small Garden Design: Be Bold        These are lovely palm trees, healthy, tall and a really nice group, but is the best being made of them. They undeniably stand out and demand to be looked at, but does the ‘background scenery’ enhance or diminish their impact?  To me, they appear out of place, palm trees don’t really grow

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Even Garages can be loved!

  Small Garden Design: Every bit matters, honestly!   OK it’s a garage, it’s a functional space, why bother? Well why not bother too?   In my opinion, we can all make the place we live in just a little bit lovelier with a little bit of effort.  I am sure all of you would enjoy the dog walk a

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Statement planting

Small Garden Design: Statement planting       These two centurians are designed to mark the entrance to communal flats, bold plants that have been structurally pruned, that should state “walk this way“, the trouble is it hasn’t really worked. What is actually there is two rather sorry specimens that have failed to make the grade not only are they

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Making the most of what you have

Small Garden Design: Banish Boring Bits! Not everyone is blessed with beautiful houses in stunning locations, in fact most of us in the UK live in towns or cities in road after road and they all ens up looking the same. So how do you go about improving the look of your house, without spending a fortune!     Two problems

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Making features work harder.

Small Garden Design: Don’t waste potential In a small garden, everything must work hard and demand a place in your garden. Small gardens simply don’t have the space for lacklustre or boring plants or areas. If you don’t have much to look at so make sure what you do look at is gorgeous!  

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