I have always loved the views from our house since we moved here. Surrounded on two sides by Water Board land, despite living in a small town, living half way up a hill and surrounded by green makes you feel like you live in a village or in the country.
We live at the top of a very garden proud cul de sac. Unfortunately, neither my mum nor I is any kind of a gardener. I will mow the lawn when it reaches an embarrassing height and weed when I remember, but the other gardens put ours to shame. They are more like show pieces and we are the embarrassing cousin at the end of the row.
So this summer, we are determined to turn it around and not be the garden that our neighbours comment unfavourably on. We are employing the tactic "fake it till you make it".
HIRE A GARDENER
First off, we have hired a gardener to come every few weeks to deal with the plants and create actual straight edges to our lawn. We will never be gardeners so leaving that aspect to the professionals seems wise.
What we can do however is buy some garden furniture/pieces that distract the eye.
First thing is first, we are looking at buying a wrought iron patio set for, shock horror, our patio. We have a little balcony that is crying out for some seats and a bottle of wine,
Secondly, one of my favourite things is a water feature. There is nothing more relaxing to me than sitting in your garden, glass of wine in hand and the sound of water tricking through a fountain. Sadly our garden is not exactly palatial, I am looking more for outdoor fountains for the wall.
Lastly, and it is a simple one, but lots of tubs and lots of plants in them. They take minimal effort other than watering in spring/summer. I am all about minimal effort, maximum output.