With Summer coming to an end there’s never been a better time to start thinking about how to maintain your garden in the upcoming colder months. Which is why I have teamed up with Olive Grove to put together a few quick tips on how to make your garden look colourful this Autumn.
Choose the right colours
Autumn can be a dull month when it comes to flowers. Most of the usual greens, pinks and purples will wither away in the colder weather, so a lot of gardens will be left looking bare and unfinished. If you aren’t picky, you should plant some flowers that fit Autumn’s signature colours – yellow, red and orange – to make your garden survive all the way until Winter hits.
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You could also start growing some Winter plants during the later days of Autumn: that’ll give you a garden that looks colourful all year round, tiding you over until Spring’s in full swing.
Build a path
A path is an easy way to fill space and border off certain areas. It also doubles as a big patch of colour that you can lay out whenever you feel like it’s needed. Some spare flagstones or wood planks can make a very rustic and charming addition to your patio. Especially if you’ve painted them with a vivid colour or cut your own pattern into them.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money getting something permanent installed. If you haven’t embedded it into the ground, you can easily remove your path during the spring to let your grass grow back properly.
Focus on furniture
Furniture can be a great space-filler, covering up areas where your plants have wilted or died unexpected. Placing seats and tables at certain angles will let you direct attention away from the worst parts of your garden. Use them to balance out the shape of grass if you’re trying to make it symmetrical.
Most outdoor furniture is very light, making it easy to put away and move around at any time. A more permanent installation or fixture can also work really well if you’re hoping to keep your garden layout the same. You could even paint it to fit in with your seasonal style.
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Grow something new
Colder months can help certain plants thrive. There are plenty of lesser-known options that can push through winter without ever losing their colour. Try growing some Winter-specific plants in the early days of Autumn. See your garden slowly transform into a colourful snow-themed paradise in preparation for the end of the year. If that’s not to your tastes, there are hundreds of unique trees that can fill this niche instead. Palm trees can add some ironic charm to your Winter garden, whereas a big cluster of winter flowers can be shaped into colourful words or symbols for your guests to stumble across.
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Think outside the grass
You don’t have to limit your garden to the dirt and grass near your patio. There’s plenty of other ways to add some extra colour without sticking to ground height. Hanging baskets, pots and window boxes can be a good way of giving plants some extra protection from the elements. A miniature greenhouse might be ideal for keeping your favourite warm-weather plants alive.
As long as the plants can still breathe and get fed. You can do all kinds of fancy displays and colourful layouts without having to replace your dormant summer plants. It’s much easier to move potted plants to a warmer, safer part of your garden.