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Small pots transformed with style at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

gardeners world image (2)Article by Fabafterfifty

Budding gardeners will be counting down the days until Gardeners’ World Live 2013, which takes place between June 12 and 16. After two decades, Gardeners’ World Live is becoming more and more popular each and every year but this year things are a little different as visitors are able to witness the show’s 21st anniversary celebrations.

Out with the old…

New for 2013 is the ‘Kitchen Garden’ which will be positioned inside the show. Both renowned chefs and gardening connoisseurs will be on hand to reveal top tips on a variety of topics, including how to create a number of delectable meals for the entire family.

As well as new stages, BBC Gardeners’ World Live will also be launching another new category this year which is being presented in the form of Outdoor Living Gardens. Outdoor Living Gardens has been developed in order to captivate the potential gardener, revealing tips on how to work with minute spaces, small pots and hard-to-reach areas.

Transforming even the smallest of gardens is now very much a possibility and ‘Birmingham Borders’ will certainly be of interest to those that wish to gain a little inspiration on how to do this.

For more tips on how to create the perfect garden, visit McCarthy & Stone who are also looking at inspirational garden ideas. As a leading builder of private retirement homes and flats, they ensure each Retirement Property gives residents to all the facilities they need – including on-site residential gardens.

Gardening tips for small gardens

For those looking to try these inspirational techniques at home, there are plenty of gardening tips which can be transferred to small outdoor spaces. In any garden the decision between plant beds and potted plants is one of the biggest you have to make but the trick is to strive for balance.

Small gardens should use pots sparingly to avoid them cluttering up an already restricted space. Use your plants to frame walkways or paths or even to create a border around the perimeter. Keep plant beds thin and you’ll get all the injection of greenery you need without turning your garden into a wilderness.

Gardening doesn’t have to stay on the ground though so if you’re short on square feet then why not move upwards? Climbing plants that latch onto a trellis are always a great option and can help inject colour and vitality without taking up too much room. Hanging baskets are another clear favourite, as are wall mounted flower boxes which can be placed beneath windows for a traditional charm that keeps everything fresh and green.

Lastly, make sure you bring the outdoors in by placing a few pot plants in the room adjoining the garden. This helps to merge the two spaces together, giving you more room to play with.


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