Tips & Tricks

Get your garden ready for spring and summer

Summer may be over and the garden may be starting to look a bit messy, but that just means that now is the perfect time to start planning your garden’s layout for next year. Buying your garden essentials in autumn and winter often means that you can find yourself some amazing bargains – from discounted furniture to reduced flower pots and planters. 

I am looking forward to planning out how our garden’s going to look next year as I didn’t have much time to sort things out this year. I left the gardening process to my other half and, although he did a good job, it wasn’t as cosy and homely as I would have liked. I love a lot of colour and personality when planning a garden, so if you’re like me and thinking ahead, this post is full of gardening essentials that you’ll need for a pretty garden come springtime

relaxed woman chilling in hammock in countryside
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Firstly, there’s nothing better than lounging around in the sunshine with a nice cold drink in one hand a good book in the other. Where better to do this than on your very own hammock? I have ALWAYS wanted a hammock of my own and I was always jealous of my family and friends who had got their hands on one. These Tropilex hammocks are made from premium materials and are fairly produced. They come in a range of colours and styles, my favourite is the Lazy Love hammock – it’s such a beautiful colour and the pattern is stunning! This definitely ticks the boxes for vibrant colours and personality.


I love decking my garden out with fun, cute accessories. From pretty ornaments to a telescoping flagpole to proudly show off an important cause, I do it all. My favourite garden accessories include things like solar lights, fairy lights, statues, and windchimes.


We’re a typically British family in that, as soon as there’s a sunny (or even just dry) day in Spring, the BBQ is out! I’m not fussed about big gatherings and will happily just set up the BBQ for myself and my partner, although it is lovely to have people over and celebrate special occasions with a good barbie. I’m a traditional charcoal kind of girl – I like the portability of this style of BBQ, they’re also considerably cheaper to get your hands on. That being said, winter is a great time to buy a new BBQ, so if you’re looking for something a bit more upmarket, it’s worth checking out what bargains are about.

Garden Furniture

Something that we’re lacking at the moment is garden furniture. I’m definitely looking into getting a set of tables and chairs in the garden for spring so that we can enjoy BBQs and family meals outside a lot more. With COVID restrictions lessened, I am hoping that come springtime next year, we’ll be able to have people over more often for food as well, so it’ll be nice to have the option to dine outside! Again, I am thinking about colourful accessories to go with the furniture to really make it stand out, perhaps some brightly coloured throw cushions or a nice outdoor dining set.

Flowers and Plants

I love a garden full of life. I always have a wild area full of flowers for the bees and other pollinators because I feel that it’s really important to protect the bees and encourage biodiversity in my local area. I love having lots of flowers and plants in the garden, growing our own food, and enjoying watching flowers bloom. Planting flowers and plants in bright, colourful containers is a great way to make your garden look pretty, with the added benefit of attracting bees and other wildlife into your garden. 

To sum up…

There are plenty of ways to make your garden look pretty for spring and ensure that it’s totally ready for when the sun starts shining again! Make sure you stock up and take advantage of the bargains available for seasonal items such as BBQs and garden furniture throughout the colder months and you’ll save yourself a tonne of money. What is your favourite thing about your garden? Let me know in the comments! 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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