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Us Brits are a nation of gardeners: we take pride in a colourful garden and enjoy the scents and smells of our delightful green spaces. But what about yours? Are you happy with the way your garden looks or is it looking a bit…boring?

A colourful English country garden, here's how you can make your outdoor space bright and beautiful this summer

Well, whether you’re into manicured lawns with impeccable blooms or prefer to see your outside space as a haven for wildlife and birdsong, there’s probably room for improvement. My garden could certainly do with jazzing up, so I’ve been doing some research on how you can make your outdoor space bright and beautiful this summer. Here’s what I’ve learnt…

A colourful garden needs:

Flowers: the fastest and easiest way to add a burst of blue, a flash of fuchsia or a pop of purple is to plant some flowers. Head to your nearest garden centre and pick up plants that are already partly grown. Opt for blossoms in a variety of colours, choose flowers with a variety of heads and be sure to vary the heights and textures that you’re adding to your garden; it will break up all the green in your garden and add interest.

A colourful country garden, here's how you can make your outdoor space bright and beautiful this summer

Blooms and greenery planted in brightly coloured pots: you don’t have to put plant directly into the soil. Instead, place them to pots of various sizes and arrange them in your garden (a trick that works well for those of us with small backyards or no planting space at all). For instance, your patio will really come to life with herbs like rosemary, basil and lavender in pastel-coloured containers which you can buy from shops, or spray paint yourself. Metallic paints are great if you’re not into girly colours and are right on trend with the copper and rose-gold craze we’re all seeing right now.

A colourful English country garden, here's how you can make your outdoor space bright and beautiful this summer

A painted fence: the boundaries of your colourful garden can let your space down if they’re drab and dingy, so consider painting yours? I’m into navy blue fences right now (especially with luscious red tomatoes growing up them, or cheerful spring daffodils skirting the bottom). Alternatively, you could leave your fence unpainted for a country-feel like this one.

An English country garden fence, here's how you can make your outdoor space bright and beautiful this summer.

Colourful furniture (or furnishings): finally, add splashes of colour by fixing up your furniture. You can repaint any material (be it a wooden table or a metal chair) to add some some joy to your eating area, or you could invest in a barbeque like this one…it’s a fun focal point and will get you eager to sizzle some sausages. If you want to do something less along the lines of DIY, buy some brightly coloured cushions, seat pads and throws for your garden – welly boot green isn’t the only colour garden furnishings come in and you can switch them up whenever you fancy a change.

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I’d love to see what you’re doing in your garden, so please tag me on instagram or add hashtag #Lovetohome to your photos.

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A colourful garden, here's how to make your outdoor space bright and beautiful this summer