Spring is the season to make big changes in the garden
PUBLISHED: 18:13 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 April 2013
Our gardening columnist Jacqui Brocklehurst from Sale decides this is the season to make<br/>big changes in her own garden. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Emma Loise Jones
Over the past couple of weeks I have found myself staring out of the window at the garden with a quizzical expression on my face. Such an expression can only mean one thing: I am not entirely happy with the garden and it is time for a change.
It surprises me that our gardens do stay the same for such a long time. Of course the historical gardens that surround stately homes across Cheshire - and the rest of the country - should be preserved as they are of great social and historical importance. Our own gardens however are there to be enjoyed and can change and evolve as often as we choose.
At the beginning of the year several top designers were asked what they thought our gardens would look like in the foreseeable future. They predict colourful displays with more consideration being given to interest throughout the year. This coincides with home improvements that lean towards bigger glass doors, or whole panels, that can be opened to seamlessly join house and garden.
We want to grow more edibles and enjoy al fresco dining, again blurring the boundaries between kitchen and garden. And, perhaps most importantly, we have developed a greater understanding of the importance of playing to our gardens strengths rather than imposing a style on it that may look out of place.
I suspect all of these points have played a part in my decision to change my own garden. A proposed extension along the back of the house will include sliding glass panels leading out to the garden which, on a fine day, will become an extension of the living space. During the winter the garden will be framed, like a giant picture. This is when the importance of structure, considerate planting and focal points can really be appreciated.
We have lived in this house for 10 years and the garden has gradually evolved to include more children, a bigger shed and five chickens. These will all have to stay. Desire lines, from the house to the shed to the chickens and back are firmly established but will have to change. How you want to use your garden and accessibility are the most important considerations when planning your garden. Get these right and you have taken the first step towards creating a beautiful garden.
For more information on garden design visit Jacquis website
www.colourmygarden.co.uk Follow her blog: jacquibrocklehurst.wordpress.com