According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we like spending time in our garden, well 51% of us aged between 35 and 44 do, and 64% of us aged between 45 and 64 do! We actually use our garden more often than we go to the pub and cinema, which is encouraging. Clearly, despite the vagaries of the UK climate, we prefer to be outdoors more than indoors given the choice.

There is something very peaceful and calming about spending time in the garden, though to maximise that enjoyment it is always a good idea to have a garden that fits in with our lifestyle and amount of spare time you have. Gardens require maintenance, and large lawns and numerous flower borders can mean that Sundays aren’t spent relaxing, but ‘working’ in the garden, which rather defeats the joy of having a garden in the first place. If this problem exists where you live, have you considered getting in a landscape gardener to have a chat and see what we can do to change the balance of power and create a garden you can enjoy more and work on less?

One of the plus points of gardening is being able to reap the rewards from any work you do. However, that doesn’t mean you should become a slave to it. With the right knowledge and clever design, it does not take a great deal to transform a high-maintenance garden into a more ‘user-friendly’ space. As Cheltenham landscape gardeners we are fortunate to work in a part of the UK which benefits from a good climate, so the results of our landscaping can be quite dramatic in their effectiveness once everything becomes established again.

So often after a long day at work there is little to beat sitting out on the patio or deck, enjoying the colours of the garden and watching wildlife busying itself among all the nooks and crannies – butterflies among the buddleia, bees among the lavender (have you ever tried lavender honey, if not you should!) and birds coming and going. Of course there is nothing that can spoil the tranquillity and serenity of a garden than the sight of knee-high grass and overgrown flower borders. But it needn’t be like that. Sure, every garden needs a bit of maintenance and upkeep, but the last thing you need is one where you don’t know where to begin. Why not reduce your lawn size to allow more time to spend on borders, or use bark, gravel or pebbles to cover flower beds, leaving only the lawn that will require regular mowing?

Sometimes it just takes an experienced eye to come up with simple and affordable garden landscaping solutions to create the perfect environment, so by all means feel free to ask us out to give you some ideas. Often they will not be anything you had thought of yourself, but could provide you with the perfect solution to create a garden you can genuinely enjoy rather than stress over.