We moved into our new home in February and one of the big things on the list was to get the Garden finished by the summer so we could enjoy it. Well, as of last week, the garden is all but finished! There are some finishing touches which I’ll mention below but I’m thrilled with it. So I wanted to share some of our garden ideas for both adults and kids to enjoy, and how it looked before and after…

Before

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden

And this doesn’t even demonstrate how bad it was. It was basically paved over with a mixture of both stones and paving slabs, so it was a trip-hazard for adults and toddler alike! The Garden’s saving grace over the spring and early summer has been the Clematis and the decking which Neil (our in-door DIY hero) put down in April.

After

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden

Garden Ideas

1. Adult’s space vs Kid’s!

We were keen to have something that would be great for both the kids and the adults, so the first thing we decided was to split the garden 1/3 decking (for the grown ups) and 2/3 grass (for the kids). Mike and his dad worked so hard to get the garden ready, moved 2 tons of top soil, then turfed it, then lovingly watered it (with Reuben’s help) for 2 weeks. It’s looking lovely!

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden - Garden in a roll

2. Furniture

We chose some furniture that would fit nice with the decking and the dark wood of the Dinning Room doors. It came with some ‘interesting’ green cushions – but they can just be floor cushions! My Brother (uncle Josh, who lives in Japan) made an unexpected visit on the day the furniture arrived and we were finishing off the garden. Cue G&Ts in the sun!

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden

3. Boarders

We had thought we would move the boarders back a bit and make it straight, but that is quite a significant amount of extra effort and we decided it was necessary. A little  bit of wiggly boarder adds to our country garden feel right?!

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden

To fill the space in the boarders I got loads of great tips for creating that country boarder feel, but I have to admit it was beginning to stress me out a bit. I’m really not a fan of decision making at the best of times! So when Homebase asked if we’d like to review their Chelsea Boarder Garden on a Roll, we bit their hands off!

At £140 I think it’s a bit pricy but there are no choices to be made, you don’t have to do loads of research and you get a perfectly designed garden (by the Homebase Chelsea Flower Show folk), which should keep coming back year after year. It is ideal.

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden - Garden in a roll

The Garden on a Roll literally comes in box with a ‘treasure map’ (according to Reuben) to show you where to put everything. Really simple and all the plants looked healthy, so we’re excited to see them expand into the space!

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden - Garden in a roll

4. Kid’s Stuff

For finishing touches the garden are going to be the kid’s stuff we add:

  • Play House – we’re looking at something like this but probably a bit smaller.
  • Badminton set – my parents had a really cool set where the box turned into the base for the net…a bit like this! Gabby had loads of fun playing it last weekend.
  • Goal – Mike would also like to get a little goal. Trouble? Probably.

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden - Garden in a roll

So that’s it! We’ve had nothing but rain since the day we finished off but we’re hoping to get back out to enjoy the garden lots over the holidays…which start here from Friday. Dun dun durrrr!

What garden ideas do you have?!

I’d love to hear your plans or your make overs in the comments below, or better yet, send me your before and after shots on the Mums’ Days Facebook Wall or Twitter

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