Posted 11th May 2015
Celebrity gardening expert Diarmuid Gavin has teamed up with Wickes to help Brits make the most of their gardens. Diarmuid gives us his tips for enhancing your outside space
Ideas for a small/urban garden:
·If you've got limited space grow fruit or vegetables in pots. Special varieties such as Ballerina Flamenco apple trees that produce fruit on short spurs near the stem are perfect.
·Have you tried vertical gardening? It's all the rage in trendy design circles and is in effect, growing wallpaper. If your outdoor space is extremely limited or you just want to make a feature from a desolate wall, buy a kit or employ a contractor to install the appropriate planting and associated irrigation system.
·Use old galvanised rubbish bins or copper boilers as wonderful planters full of character. Ensure there's good drainage by punching holes in the base and adding a few inches of pea shingle followed by a mix of good quality soil and compost. Then plant small garden trees or mass plant a bushy aromatic mix of lavender, rosemary and sage.
Ideas for outside living space:
·Plant herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage in sunny places close to the barbecue to add wonderful flavours when roasting or grilling food.
·Put some colour into your pots this spring using traditional bedding species such as lobelia, marigolds, salvias and cinerarias.
·Grow sunflowers! Start them now in pots on a warm bright windowsill before transferring outside into the soil and near to a wall for some shelter. Stake with Wickes bamboo canes as they begin to push up.
Quick fix ideas and small changes that make a big difference:
·Create an instant meadow by allowing an area of your lawn to grow wild. The grasses will shoot up and flower, attracting butterflies, bees and wildlife. Using your lawnmower cut a curving swathe through, creating a secret pathway for little people to explore.
·Grab some bark chippings from Wickes to tidy up your beds and borders, it will conserve moisture and reduce weeding.
Tips on watering:
·Do not water in the midday sun as droplets can act like magnifying glass and burn foliage and flowers.
·Water slowly and carefully, aiming for the roots.
By Diarmuid Gavin and Wickes