How to give your garden an uplift

It’s winter, which means that your garden is muddy, dull and honestly, sad. However, I’m here to help you turn it around. The garden is my favourite part of the house, it’s my little de-stress zone and where you will find me after a long day at work or taking care of the kids. It’s their favourite area too – where they can play around, explore every corner and discover bugs and animals. However, winter makes it less inviting for both them and me… That’s why it’s important to keep improving it to make sure you use this space all-year-round!

Add a modern pergola.

Designer Shades build retractable pergola roofs in Ireland and highly recommend these outdoor structures for any home or outside space. These can be used as an extension to your current living space and provide you with the possibility to actually enjoy your outdoor space no matter the weather.

Choosing the perfect outdoor structure for your garden or patio can be tricky as there are so many to choose from. However, as this article on a Beautiful Space mentions, “if you are considering a traditional pergola, think again. Traditional pergolas are stunning and will look great in any garden, however, these lack in coverage from the elements, making them not the best choice for Irish or English homes.”

Traditional pergolas are more aesthetically pleasing than these are functional. These offer barely any shade protection and no rain cover. This is where modern pergolas come in. These innovative outdoor structures feature a retractable and tilting louvred roof that shelters you from the weather conditions. Plus, as this article on the Suburban Mum adds, these modern pergolas not only “give your garden an interesting focal point but also increase your home’s value and add privacy.”

Multi-season functionality is essential to any garden. And don’t just take it from me, the National Association of Landscape Professionals predict that more homeowners will be seeking sleek, contemporary and simple landscape designs that provide multi-season functionality.

Give it colour.

Paint your garden shed, give your fence a new lick of paint or simply plant some colourful plants and veggies around the garden for some extra colour. This will make your garden stand out and encourage you to spend more time outdoors.

Light the way.

This article on Don’t Cramp My Style recommends adding outdoor lights to make your outdoor space shine and glow during the cold and dark winter nights. There are various types of lights that you can choose to install and hang around the garden, including spotlights to emphasise your favourite parts of the garden or simply some outdoor hanging lights that illuminate your garden path.

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