Give your Garden the Royal Treatment
Our beloved royal family has been in the spotlight recently, with royal nuptials, a new royal baby and celebrations across the country. And tomorrow marks another special occasion on the royal calendar as the Queen celebrates her official 92nd birthday and her title as the oldest reigning monarch of Britain.
All these patriotic events will probably have seen you celebrating in your garden, barbequing with friends and family, or even hosting street parties with the whole neighbourhood. Amongst the festivities, you may have noticed your front or back garden could do with a little perking up, ready for the summer ahead.
To help give your garden the royal treatment this summer, I’ve thought of a few changes you can make to really help your garden stand out from the rest.
First of all, take stock of your beds and borders and plug any gaps with some new, vibrant plants. Her Royal Highness was recently spotted on a visit to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where the long ethereal stems of lupins and foxgloves, as well as dahlias and irises proved popular in many show gardens. Emulate this majestic style in your own garden by planting Lupinus ‘The Governor’ haphazardly in amongst thick green foliage – be careful if planting foxglove as it is a poisonous plant and may not be suitable if you have pets or young children.
Next up, ensure your lawn is looking its best by keeping on top of weekly mowing and trimming. For an extra special touch, you can use a lawn mower with a rear roller, and ensure you are cutting in neat parallel lines, alternating the direction each time to achieve the coveted ‘stripe’ effect seen at many a royal event. Use a spring lawn fertiliser if you feel your grass needs an extra boost, and always remember to give the turf a thorough watering during any dry spells to keep it looking nice and green.
Ensure your patio is ready for summer entertaining by planting up pots and containers and surrounding the space with lots of lovely fragrance and colour. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is a project run by Her Majesty that works to preserve and conserve our forests, so why not do your bit by adding a new tree to your outdoor space? Even if you only have a small area to work with, a potted tree looks fabulous on the patio and can add a great deal of structure and height to a small garden. Bush apple trees are perfect for containers and will bring you lovely spring blossom and a wonderful autumn harvest of apples every year. Ensure you purchase a self-pollinating variety so that your tree will set fruit.
'Give your Garden the Royal Treatment'
Don’t forget the impact your house has on the look and feel of your garden. Your outdoor space may look perfectly neat and tidy but if your windows are tired and peeling it will bring down the whole look. Similarly, adding a dimension of fluidity to your garden can really enhance the space that you have. Replacing old-fashioned back doors with bi-folds are a fantastic way to open up your home to the outdoors. Or why not try extending your house into the garden with a conservatory or orangery? The abundance of light in these spaces is a wonderful way to enjoy our long summer days or even serve afternoon tea fit for a royal. It’s said that the queen’s conservatory at Buckingham Palace houses a majestic swimming pool, where our heirs to the throne have learnt to swim and practised their breaststroke. Whilst you might not have the capacity for a pool, conservatories are a wonderful way to add more space to your property with a wonderfully light, airy room that the royals would never be without.