First Home, First Garden – Gardening Tips for Beginners

‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow’ – Audrey Hepburn

First Home, First Garden - Gardening Tips for Beginners
‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow’ – Audrey Hepburn

Congratulations, all your hard work has paid off and you are now the proud owner of your first home! Buying your first home is a milestone and your first thought may be to focus on stripping that hideous wallpaper in the front room or buying every kitchen gadget possible (half of which, you’ll never use); however, spare a thought for your new garden.

A well put-together and planned garden does wonders for your state of mind and can provide a beautiful place of solace for you to unwind.

So you’re not much of an Alan Titchmarsh? You’ve never so much as mowed the lawn? Doesn’t matter! There are many plants that are easy to take care of and already fully grown that are ideal for beginner gardens.  Trees and Shrubs can create instant impact without breaking the bank!

The Basics

First things first, decide what’s most important to you.  For instance:- Do you want to create a peaceful haven for wildlife and encourage pollinators?

create a peaceful haven for wildlife and encourage pollinators
Create a peaceful haven for wildlife and encourage pollinators

Would you prefer to have a couple of interesting structural plants in pots such as topiary or palms which are relatively low maintenance on a terrace or either side of a doorway?

Do you prefer evergreen plants (year round these will keep their foliage) or deciduous plants (which lose leaves over winter months but tend to have exceptional foliage)?

It’s important to assess your garden to determine what is most important to you.

Also think about how your current garden ‘feels’, how could you improve it? Perhaps it’s too open and you would like more privacy from your new neighbours? Or, perhaps it’s a little dull and needs more variation in plant type and colour?

Even a couple of new plants introduced into the garden can make all the difference.

Trees and Plants

Trees and shrubs provide structure and are essential for any garden as they are so versatile. One of the easiest and quickest ways to transform your garden with minimum actual gardening time is to invest in Evergreen Screening.

If you don’t want your new neighbours peeking in on your house-warming barbecue or seeing your laundry drying outside, then mature trees and fast-growing shrubs  for hedging are a great way to transform your garden into a blissful oasis. Here at Paramount Plants, we stock a variety of shrubs, privacy trees and hedging to suit every budget and we can offer you expert advice on picking the right trees and plants for your garden.

Evergreen hedging offers blissful privacy and is beautifully framed by mature deciduous trees
Evergreen hedging offers blissful privacy and is beautifully framed by deciduous trees

Hardy Plants

If you’re new to gardening then hardy mature plants are a great choice as they will flourish all year-round. Some fantastic hardy plants include, show-stopping Camellias, autumnal-toned Japanese Acers, festive English Holly also known as Ilex Aquifolium and exotic palm trees.

Trachycarpus Fortunei Chusan Palm
Trachycarpus Fortunei Chusan Palm, majestic yet fully hardy for UK – 4 sizes available

Plants in Pots

Another simple way of sprucing up your garden is to add some Topiary Plants that are suitable to keep in pots for long periods of time. Plants such as Buxus Balls & Globes and Cloud Trees are pieces of art in themselves and can add an interesting visual statement to any garden.

Topiary Buxus Balls can also be planted in the ground
Topiary Buxus Balls can also be planted in the ground
Simple yet so elegant, terracotta plots frame a garden bench
Simple yet so elegant, terracotta plots, including topiary lollipops & grasses frame a garden bench

Choose Cost Effective Plants which are difficult to kill

Bamboo is always a popular plant as they give a modern contemporary look to any garden. We have many special offer plants available including:
Phyllostachys Aurea Bamboo – Buy 2 Get 1 Free on offer at the moment.  Other cost effective recommendations for plants in pots would include Chamaerops Humilis and Trachycarpus Fortunei Chusan Palms.

A low hedge which is evergreen and flowers could include the Viburnum Tinus Gwenllian – available at present on a Buy 2 Get 1 Free offer allowing you to introduce at little cost flowers and structure to the garden.

Extra Large Acer Dissectum Garnet provide instant impact - easy to grow as small trees
Extra Large Acer Dissectum Garnet provide instant impact – easy to grow as small trees

Just a few recommendations but if you are confused and need more advice send us an email photo of the area and we will give our ideas email info@paramountplants.co.uk otherwise visit our Plant Centre to get more inspiration.

Always remember REGULARLY FEED, WEED, PRUNE AND WATER YOUR PLANTS over the growing period April to September each year.

Find out how renovating your garden can maximise your home’s worth. For further inspiration, visit our garden design ideas gallery.

If you have any tips or recommendations to pass on to your fellow gardeners’ we would love to hear from you, please leave us a comment in the comment section below.

Make your garden your haven! Contact us for help & ideas
Make your first garden your haven! Contact us for help & ideas