Give your garden an April makeover

By Paul Hervey-Brookes

In April the garden lights up with colour from daffodils, tulips and blossom on the trees.

Tools are ready and creative juices flowing, so why not give your garden a makeover. Large or small, it will make a difference.

The bee population is on the decline as gardens disappear to make way for driveways, patios and decking. Now is the time to fight back for the bees and other pollinators. Planting now will give a blaze of colour through the summer into early autumn.

Plants such as crocus, hyacinth and wild lilac are ideal for springtime with cosmos, echinacea,snapdragons and hosts for summer. In autumn have zinnias, asters, golden rod and sedum. These will all tempt those tiny foragers in.

Whilst making over the borders have a real think about ways to improve the car parking in front gardens, Bradstone have a range of easy solutions for water run off which really add value to the garden and as we know a well maintained garden can add pounds to the value of your home!

In April the garden lights up with colour from daffodils, tulips and blossom on the trees.
Paul Hervey-Brookes

Summer bulbs can be planted in large pots to add splashes of colour on patios. gravel beds and even in borders. Dahlias,gladioli and pots brim full of colourful begonias.

Be adventurous in the vegetable bed and plant flowers alongside your favourites. Marigolds and nasturtiums grow well mixed in amongst veg, not only deterring insect pests but also attracting pollinators. Petunias, marigolds and sunflowers will all play their part, especially the sunflower as birds will use them as hunting perches to feed on small insect pests.

Meet the author

Paul Hervey-Brookes

Paul had his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks & Spencers.

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