5 tips to help turn your garden into an Insta paradise
Trust them, these guys are experts
Naturally, the gardens of Britain have never received more love and attention. With everyone at home, and the weather so good, it’s only a matter of time before those of us with gardens turn those fingers green. But these new gardeners need guidance.
Fortunately, the experts at Serenata Flowers have shared some advice on how to spruce up your outdoor living space. Serenata Flowers is the UK’s leading independent online florist, so you can bet they know a thing or two about flower arranging and plant placement. These tips are perfect for anyone looking to make their garden photogenic AF – the folks at Serenata assure us that these tips will make your garden 100% Instagram ready.
1. Clean up
Number 1 on your to-do list has to be a clean up. Get rid of the broken garden furniture, dead plants or popped footballs. This, say Seranata, will instantly revitalise the look of your outdoor space and make room for new purchases (perhaps from Serenata flowers?).
Once you’ve got everything dead and broken off the premises, use a stiff brush to clean patio areas and paths. Remove any weeds creeping among the flagstones too. For a #nofilter effect you can even take the cleaning one-step further by using a power-washer to blast dirt, stains, and moss from your paths and patios to give them a new lease of life. Anyone who’s jetwashed a patio before can confirm that it is particularly satisfying job.
For those with a lawn, help it prepare for a healthy year of growth by mowing, fertilising, and watering the grass so it can thrive over the coming months. By cleaning your outdoor space in these ways, you are giving yourself a blank canvas to work from and can then utilise the area more successfully.
2. Choose a colour scheme
When choosing an outfit, painting a picture or decorating your bedroom, picking a colour scheme is a necessity. Why should your garden be different? The folks at Serenata suggest you pick a few shades of complimentary colours, opting for a range of pastels or even going for bright and beautiful with vibrant yet contrasting colours.
Make the garden more ‘you’ by selecting colours that reflect your personality, or at the very least, your taste: you are going to be the one spending the majority of time enjoying the space, after all. Also, if this garden is planning on making a cameo appearance in a certain somone’s Instagram, it’d better represent you well.
However, Serenata advise that, if you haven’t got your own personality, then consider bringing a splash of this year’s Colour of the Year – Classic Blue – into your outdoor living space. Whether repainting your garden fence in Classic Blue or dressing up your outdoor furniture with Classic Blue accessories, don’t forget to add the #ClassicBlue to your snaps and watch those likes roll in.
3. Pick suitable plants and flowers
No, that doesn’t mean you ought to go and pick flowers from your local park or neighbour. It means you need to select plants with a mind to the season, light conditions and temperature. It is important to consider how best to care for each species so they can grow and flourish.
Springtime is a fantastic time to refresh your garden as this time of year offers a beautiful range of flowers and plants to choose from, all of which are guaranteed to transform your garden from its lifeless winter state to a bright and blooming canvas that’s ready for Instagram.
Serenata’s flower experts name a couple of suggestions: pansies are a great option as they can be planted in pots or hanging baskets, which are ideal for those with a smaller outdoor living space. Tulips are also perfect for spring planting and come in array of beautiful colours to give that wow-factor. Lily of the Valley will make another stunning addition to your garden with its delicate white buds – these can be planted all year round as long as the soil is well primed.
There is also a wide variety of plant choices available, including Instagram favourites such as contemporary potted plants, hanging baskets and wall plants, which can provide a colourful yet simplistic accompaniment to the area. Remember that not all plants are the same; be sure to do your research to find out what each one needs in order to give them the best chance of flourishing.
4. Buy suitable furnishings for the space
Anyone who’s bought bargain bucket outdoor furniture in the past knows that it’s a waste of money. Outdoor furniture is subject to a lot of wear and tear over the years, so make sure to invest in quality furnishings which are strong, durable and will survive the varying weather conditions.
In addition to durability, make sure you land on something comfortable too. If you’re not comfy lounging outdoors you won’t get best use from the garden. Serenata suggest rattan furniture, which is strong and durable and will also freshen up the look of your outdoor space. They suggest going for outdoor furniture in light colours such as white or cream for a feeling of luxury, or why not go for a classic industrial look with elegant metal pieces?
As Lucia Polla, marketing manager at Serenata Flowers, adds, "It is more important than ever to make your outdoor living space an area you can relax and enjoy, creating the perfect escapism from self-isolation at home.
5. Add the finishing touches
For the perfect Instagram-worthy finishing touches, liven up your outdoor space with some beautiful accessories, such as hanging festoon lights, lanterns or stylish throws placed over your patio chairs – these additions are a simple yet effective way to bring a splash of imagination to the space and add a stamp of your style.
For those looking to go the extra mile, you can even follow in the footsteps of popular influencers by installing a fire pit in your garden to make a real statement that oozes luxury.
I know what you're thinking; this is all sounding rather expensive, but Polla is here to tell you otherwise.
“Refreshing your garden doesn’t need to break the bank, as there are simple yet effective changes to be made with little cost associated. Painting your fence panels or adding some accessories are a great way to freshen up the feel of your garden and make it a space you want to spend more time in.
“These simple steps will help make your garden a space you can enjoy throughout the year and will make it the envy of all on Instagram as you showcase what a true outdoor paradise looks like.”