by Annie Deakin.
Date: 7 December 2009
Lighten up -
'An instant garden update for an urban garden is lighting,' says Jon Holloway from the Garden Trading Company. 'In the early evening, clever
lighting sets the scene and shows off the space.
If it's well lit it helps the whole environment.' Try a Garden Solar TIFFANY Glass Light. Outdoor LED Lighting from Amazon at only £7.99. It's environmentally friendly, solar powered, just charge and light straight out of the box.
All together - 'For the best impact, group bigger pots in varying sizes and odd numbers,' says Julie Humphreys, from garden specialist Crocus. 'Choose evergreen plants for all year interest or ones that have a long flowering season.' Try some Bell jar pots (£129.99) from Crocus.
Eat outdoors - 'Keep your purse strings tied - only spend money on things you can take with you,' says Nigel Leck, of Property Presentation Services. Holloway adds, 'You can store good quality bistro furniture away out of sight for the winter. A combination of metal and wood is good. The problem with just metal in an urban environment is that the air can be quite acidic and furniture can look quite grim and stained quite quickly.' Solve the problem with folding wood furniture like a Lapalm round table - £39, reduced from £99 - from The Pier.
Twitcher's game - 'Estate agents advise sellers to dress their homes for viewings,' says Siddeley, 'and in the same way people should dress their gardens.' Charm visitors with welcome wildlife. A stunning attractive garden ornament in pewter finish is the Pewter Garden Illuminating Solar Powered Bird Feeder at only £14.99, Along with a A Wild Bird Nest Box at only £4.95.
Water world - 'If outside space is restricted, work really hard to make the most of every inch' says Charlie Comber of estate agents Hayman-Joyce. Create a focal point in your garden with a water feature, like a Mosaic Solar Powered Water Feature (£84) from Amazon.
Quick fix - 'Planting herbs is another great way to update a garden,' says Holloway. 'Use nice simple containers.' To increase chances of a speedy sale why not try a Large ceramic pot and base (£5) from the Garden Trading Company. Fill your garden with the scent of herbs.
Scrapheap challenge - 'Excess junk, debris and garden rubbish is an absolute no when selling a property,' says Roly Peto from Property Vision. A handwoven garden tidy (£59.95) from Crocus is ideal for hiding unsightly objects such as wheelie bins but also gives a rustic country feel to even the most urban of gardens.
Rock garden - Think outside the box and add extras to your garden. Try some outdoor speakers such as 2 Rock effect garden speakers (£14.99) They're the ultimate accessory for a 21st Century garden.
Reflections - 'Clever use of mirrors and ornamental arrangements of flower beds enhance a garden,' says Robert Bailey of Robert Bailey Property. Even if your outside space is teeny weeny, there's a lot you can do. A window ajar garden mirror - fully weatherproof - can be used inside as well as outdoors (£119.00) creates the impression of space by appearing to be an open window looking into another part of the garden. Also really cool are a Set of 3 Stainless Steel Mirror Sphere's 9, 13 & 18cm Very dynamic and eye catching!
Fruitful - 'For plants that have an instant impact, any fruit trees are good,' advises Holloway. 'Fig trees are nice, because they look great up against a wall and the figs are edible too.' Fill your garden with edible goodies for an instantly inviting look with a 'fig carica' (£39) from Not on the High Street.
There are plenty of other things you can do as well, just get your thinking cap on!