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6 Ways to Revive an Unloved Garden Corner

Posted on July 31,2021 by Charlie Stimpson.

If you have a place in your garden that’s become a bit overgrown or neglected, maybe a shady spot where nothing seems to grow too well, or an odd-shaped zone that you just can’t work out what to do with, then fear not, as we are here to help you with some top ideas on how to revive an unloved garden corner.

1.Put up a garden shed

If your space is large enough, a shed could be just what you need to fill it. As well as getting valuable storage, you’ll also add interest, especially if you paint the shed a vibrant colour and hang some blooming hanging baskets on it.

If you’ve already got a shed, there’s no reason why you should have a second one, but this time give it a different used, such as bicycle storage, a place to stow kids’ toys, or even a man cave. Alternatively, you could go down the route of a greenhouse, which would be perfect for bringing on new plants, nurturing veggies, and overwintering tender specimens.

2.Install a garden room

If there’s sufficient space, why not install a summerhouse, garden studio or gym? The world really is your oyster here, and you could even build an outdoor office to help tip the work life balance scales in your favour if you’ve been struggling with working from home with no dedicated space.

A summerhouse can be an attractive addition to any garden, and provides the ideal haven for peace and quiet. Especially in a secluded corner!

3.Create a wildlife area

If you love wildlife then why not use your corner to provide a dedicated area to attract and take care of it? Whether it’s scattering wildflower seeds to attract pollinators, installing a bug hotel or hedgehog house, or setting up a bird feeding station, there is so much you can do.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could dig out a pond, or create a simplified version using an old bucket sunken into the ground with a few rocks built up around it.

4.Make a seating area

Why not transform your unloved corner into a seating area? A pergola will create a focal point as well as somewhere to rest and enjoy the garden from a different perspective.

If your corner is in the sun, a pergola will provide some much needed shade, but if you don’t need it then you could opt for a simple bench, or a bistro set. Filling the area with gravel or paving it will give you some stability for your seating.

5.Add a water feature

The sound of bubbling water in the garden is incredibly relaxing, and it also gives a cooling feel during hot weather. There are some stunning water features available, from solar through to electric options, but you don’t necessarily have to go all-out. Even something as simple as a ceramic pot fitted with a water pump can be very effective.

6.Dig out a vegetable patch

There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own. So, if you have a corner going to waste, why not dig it over and create a veggie patch? Choose vegetables that suit the conditions, whether it’s sun or shade, and be sure to protect your seedlings with fencing or screening.

You might find it better to install a raised vegetable bed which will keep your plants out of harm’s way, and make it easier to tend to them, as well as harvest them when the time is right.

If you’re keen to make the best of an unloved corner of your garden, but could use some help, you are welcome to call in the expertise of the team at D&G.