Garden envy doesn’t mean you spend hours every weekend ensuring you have the best garden in the street.  But with three simple tips you could create some garden envy from those around you.

If you’ve been thinking about giving your garden a makeover, now is a better time than any. It’s summer (in the Northern Hemisphere right now), the birds are singing, and you have a good excuse to lie basking under the sun all day.

If you’re stuck for garden envy ideas though, here are some to get your creative juices flowing, all while adding more value to your garden.

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Garden Envy: Add a Feature

Create a unique feature for your garden. This could be anything from a statue to a piece of art, or even a tree. The secret isn’t actually the feature itself, but the way you present it.

Remember it’s all about the visual here, so if you decided to plant a tree and have that as your feature, you would need to think long and hard about the placement.

You don’t want it getting in the way of anything, but you need it to stand out; otherwise, there’s no point in having it there. Japanese trees like maples are very beautiful to look at and don’t grow too big either, making it ideal for a garden.

Now think about how you want to present it. You may want some pebbles scattered around the base of the tree. You could pair that up with some solar lights in the ground, or even fairy lights through the branches, or lanterns hanging off them. Pick up inexpensive solar powered lights from IKEA.

Alternatively, choose recycled garden sculpture or a very large ceramic urn to take pride of place. Weekend markets are the perfect place to pick up something interesting or search eBay.

This is what will turn an object into a feature.

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Garden Envy: Build a Patio

If you haven’t already got one, why not build one? Breaking up the garden is a great way to add more depth to the space you have.

You can use an array of different materials, but concrete for homeowners works really well as it’s versatile, can last a lifetime, and is so simple to maintain.

Patios are great if you’re one that likes to invite friends and family round for a barbecue – you won’t have to worry about your lawn getting ruined because you can have everything set up on the patio instead.

Add a nice garden table and some chairs, and you’ve got your own private little bistro.

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Garden Envy: Bring in the Water

Water is a lovely thing to add to a garden, not only because it looks pretty, but it will attract all sorts of wildlife, whether that be birds, frogs, butterflies or dragonflies.

Consider getting a pond made. It doesn’t have to be big at all, even if it’s small it will still add that special touch. If a pond is too inviting for you, then why not invest in a fountain instead?

Again, it doesn’t have to be something huge, but the noise of this will be very soothing to the ears. You will be able to close your eyes and imagine you’re in a land far away where fairies exist.

You don’t have to worry about looking after them either, as the pump and filter will do that for you. Just make sure it doesn’t freeze over in the winter!

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Charlotte Rowe Garden Design

Perhaps you want to go out and really impress your friends, and neighbours, by putting in a swimming pool. It is not nearly as expensive and time consuming as it used to be to put in a swimming pool so get in touch with your local swimming pool builders for a quote.

Again, you will need to look at the outdoor space that you have available and think about the size and type of pool that you think would work to make the best of your garden. A swimming pool in a garden, with little children around, will need to be properly fenced off for children’s safety so this is something worth bearing in mind, when considering taking on a project like this.

Now you have the three basics – see what else you can come up with that will make your garden stand out from the crowd.

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