Spring garden tips - Photo by Andrew Rollinger

We are coming to the end of a long winter and now is the time to start making plans to release the Alan Titchmarsh in all of us.

Does your garden consist simply of a plain old lawn with a border around the outside? Maybe it is time to add some interesting features and form.

We may not all be able to achieve results in our garden similar to the above picture.

However with a little innovation and imagination, our own little plot can become a paradise. You will find a few hints here to help you along the way from start to finish. (A garden is never truly finished though).


Planning need not be a complicated affair. A simple pencil and paper is all you need to get started.

Draw the approximate shape of your garden and start carving shapes into that lawn.

Curves are far more natural than straight lines.

This is the point where you can also begin to position your structures.


You can add interest to your garden and draw people in to it by not allowing them to see the whole area from one spot.

Ise planting or screens to segregate the garden into areas.


Water features are an essential part of any garden since they have become so reasonably priced over the last decade.

You are able to pop down to your local garden centre and pick up a kit that will have everything in it that you need to fill your garden with the sound of trickling water.

Alternatively, why not but a little pump and build your own? It can be as simple or as complicated as you choose.


A summer house is a useful addition to any design. They came in a multitude of sizes and shapes.

A good selection is on view at Shedstore and many other high quality suppliers.

They enable you to spend time in the garden with the children whilst avoiding draughts and the odd shower.

Kids playhouses also come in a range of imaginative designs.


A single piece of artwork in a small garden draws the eye.

Have a natural stone statue or go for a shiny stainless steel modern sculpture.

This is all down to your individual taste


Can you find a little spot on your plan for nature’s little creatures?

A small log pile is an ideal place where your children can go hunting for creepy crawlies.

Don’t put it right next to the house though or it could become infested.


Go to your nearest nursery and have a good look at the plants there. You don’t need to be an expert, just ask for help.

Remember to include plenty of greenery as a background for those beautiful flowering plants.

Think vertical too. Acquire some climbing plants that can adorn a piece of trellis or hide an ugly fence.


Lighting is the final, and arguably the most effective touch you can add to your garden.

Coming in reasonably priced kits, you can set spotlights under plants or on walls to create shade and highlight points of interest.

Designing your own garden is both exciting and satisfying.

You can be as natural or as quirky with your design as you like. It is an expression of your own personality.

The most important thing is to do it your own way and be proud of your achievement.