Planning a Garden Makeover

Planning a Garden Makeover

My maiden name is Gardiner, which suggests that someone down our family line may have been blessed with greener fingers than I. I am a catastrophe in the garden and I show little more grace to our house plants. Inside a lovely beaten gold flower pot, you will find this weeks victims, several dead succulents. I mean, really? Who kills succulents? Aren’t they meant to outlive their owners?

This is one of the reasons why our garden is so unloved. I have no clue when it comes to gardening. The majority of the plants I bring into the garden die and those that survive become overgrown. Once, I planted a small potted parsley from Tescos, to save it going to waste, and it grew wild, yet all flowers I plant die within weeks.

I may have said this once or twice before, but who’s counting? This will be the year that our garden gets a makeover. Here are a few of the ideas that I have in mind.

Add Colour to Garden Walls

There is a large breeze block wall at the end of our garden that I have been meaning to paint over for years. It is the first thing you notice when you look across the lawn and it dominates the space. I would like to freshen it up with some exterior paint and then to plant a climbing plant to make it even prettier. My Dad has clematis in his garden, which I love, so maybe this could work.

Painted garden wall ideas

Add a Garden Mirror

Once the wall is painted, I would love to add one of these panelled garden mirrors. I have a vision of a whimsical looking space, with the clematis growing all around it. I’m not one for neat and tidy places, so a secret garden feel would go down very well with me.

Plant a Wisteria

Wisteria are one of my favourite plants and would be perfect for the style of garden I would like. We have a patio area by the house, where I think a wisteria would look perfect planted and allowed to grow around our french doors. It would make me very happy to plant one in our garden this year.

Wisteria - ideas for a garden makeover

Plant a Herb Garden

I love the idea of being able to eat food you have grown in your own garden and I think the kids would love this too. Given my inability to garden, I think we may keep it small to start with. I’m a huge fan of cooking with fresh herbs and so quite like the idea of starting our own herb garden. If we get on well with this, then perhaps we could move on to fruit and veg, but this would require things like a veggie patch and fruit cages, which I am not ready to invest in just yet. Baby steps and all that.


First and foremost, we will need to clear the garden of the general debris that has taken up home here over the last few years. We also need to find suitable storage for the kids garden toys, which keep getting ruined laying out in the rain. If you know of a great bike storage solution, hit me up with your suggestions. Preferably something waterproof that the kids can access them selves. Their Christmas bikes are still sat in our back lounge because I have run out of ideas and it’s high time they found a new home!

Here’s too hoping those ancestral green fingers make an appearance sometime soon.

*Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post , but all thoughts and feelings are my own.



  1. February 28, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Hi my plants never survive long in our front garden I’ve lost count how many times I’ve planted something for it to mysteriously disappear (it seems we have a lot of hungry slugs in the garden)! Every year I try to sort the jungle but it never looks any better! Last year I did successfully plant 3 pots of herbs (3 in each pot) of various things in our back garden and my eldest child was responsible for looking after them, I checked at the weekend and they have survived!!! Hopefully this year we’ll both succeed at gardening!! 😊

    • March 13, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      That’s such a good idea! I will have to make my children responsible for keeping it all alive!! xx

  2. Not A Frumpy Mum
    March 5, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I love the mirror ideas and adding something to garden walls. I am rubbish at all things garden related, and really wish I could be more green fingered. xx

  3. March 5, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    We are about to redo our garden in Spring I can’t wait. It’s a muddy pit even though I did do it a few years ago myself we having professional come in because it just all died and went to crap quickly. These are absolutely dreamy ideas. Roll on spring and blooms. #wrc

    • March 13, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      I wish we could get someone in! Will be looking forward to seeing how yours turns out xx

  4. March 6, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Great ideas! I love those mirrors! I really want one for our hall table. Our garden is a constant battle. It needs a huge overhaul at some point. Look forward to seeing what you do to yours xx

    • March 13, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      They’re great, aren’t they? Thats the trouble with gardens, they require constant upkeep. If we had the cash, I’d definitely get a gardener xx

  5. March 6, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Ah Kerry you sound just like me!! I can’t even imagine how to even start designing a garden and plants literally die when I look in their direction. These are some gorgeous ideas though, I wish I could sort out our garden, it’s such a mess at the moment with a swing set and trampoline making it look even worse!!

    • March 13, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Ours is exactly the same, we have so many garden toys. On the one hand I love having so many toys in the garden because I want the kids to enjoy it, on the other hand, it does make our garden look like a tip. They should teach kids how to garden in school, I am literally clueless. This would have been a lot more useful to me than learning about kings or queens I can no longer remember… xxx

  6. March 6, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Aaah I LOVE gardening. We’ve created gardens for each of the houses we’ve lived in but the house we’re in now had such a lovely garden. We’ve added to it, but it was beautiful to begin with. It’s definitely one of the things that sold the house to us. Look forward to seeing what you do! There are so many fab ideas xc

    • March 13, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      I love your garden! It’s exactly the style of garden I love. Our garden could be lovely, it’s just knowing where to begin. I am going to take your advice, start small and keep going xx

  7. From Day Dot
    March 15, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    I love that pink wall! Also love the pale blue behind the red flowers. I’ve never been much of a gardener either and manage to kill every house plant, so I feel your pain! #HomeEtc

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Me too! I’d love to paint ours pink, but I think my husband may kill me. May have to compromise (let him have his own way), with grey x x

  8. March 15, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Ooh this is a project that’s right up my street! I think gardens always end up evolving,it’s a great idea to start with the bits you know you want and see where it takes you. Can’t wait to see what you do πŸ™‚

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:34 am

      Caro from The Twinkle Diaries suggested I approach it bit by bit too. We are lucky to have quite a big garden, but sometimes I think we would be better off with a smaller, more manageable space xx

  9. March 15, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    I love all of these ideas and think they’d look great – and the best thing is none of them are too intimidating for someone like me who also manages to kill all plants too – including succulents! πŸ™ x

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Oh I am glad it’s not just me! Even when I remember to try to keep them alive, plants die on me. I still need to get started on the garden. Ideas are one thing, now I need to put them into action! xx

  10. March 15, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Yay! A non-gardening kindred spirit!!! I could have written this (although not as eloquently). I can have a cactus begging for mercy. Mind you, I’m impressed you know those dangly climbing plants are called Wisteria! I wouldn’t know a wisteria if it hit me in the face! Rose…Yes. Tulip…Yes. Daffodil and Snowdrop…Yes….Wisteriwhat?

    Don’t get me wrong, I love gardens and can appreciate their beauty but I prefer interior stuff and DIY. Paint a wall and you don’t get a load of weeds popping up and spoiling it! There’s instant gratification with decorating and DIY. Gardening is too difficult and too much effort! I want to plant a seed and have a 9ft sunflower the next morning.

    Your ideas and pictures are lovely though, and I love a good makeover, inside or out! #HOMEETC

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:31 am

      Oh I am so with you on this. In fact, I think this is my biggest frustration. We can spend days working on the garden, only for it to be undone in a matter of weeks. There always seems to be something ruining our handiwork, whether indoors or out. My children have a habit of drawing on walls … xx

  11. March 16, 2017 / 12:23 am

    Such a gorgeous post, and so inspiring as my garden is pretty much a jungle!

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Oh mine is a jungle at the moment too, this is why it needs so much attention. I am beginning to wish there were more hours in the day though. I can’t seem to get all of the things I would like to do, done! x x

  12. March 16, 2017 / 10:52 am

    All these photos are so inspiring! I love the idea of the window panels, it’s such a magical look. Can’t wait to see what you do with your garden wall! xx

  13. Innocent Charms Chats
    March 16, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    I am no good when it comes to gardens, either, because we always rent I never overly bother but our next move is going to be long term so I am going to try. I lvoe your top choices xx

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:24 am

      So many people I have spoken to about this have said they’re useless too. I wish they had taught me skills like this in school, as opposed to some of the useless facts about Kings and Queens, that I have long forgotten! x x

  14. March 16, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    We’ve just had some work done to our garden ready for me to get stuck in! We now have beautiful raised vegetable beds as well as lots of weeding to do. I have two Wisterias along our walls, slowly training them to give us some privacy. They can take years to flower after lots of tender loving care. #HomeEtc

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Oh I am so jealous of your wisteria. I really want one. I have asked suggested to my husband that one might make lovely Mothers Day present… I have heard they can take a while to flower. I am so impatient, I will be watching it like a hawk for blooms`! xx

  15. March 17, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Ours is a blank canvass seeing as it is new build! Am looking forward to seeing what pops up this year from what we planted last year. We need serious growth! Love your ideas. Thanks for hosting this week – LOVED hosting with you πŸ™‚

    Jess xx #HomeEtc

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Ours is the opposite, we need to strip things out. The weeds take over our garden each year. I have loved hosting with you too. Hope you’re having a great time skiing x x

  16. booandmaddie
    March 17, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I am SO with you on the lack of gardening ability! I just have no idea even what type of soil we have and after 3 years only just found out our garden is south facing πŸ™‚ Wisteria are my favourite, I’d love one trailing up the front of the house Xx #HomeEtc

  17. March 21, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    We are not great gardeners but lavender, roses, herbs and tomatoes have done well for us. Hardy herbs like sage, rosemary and winter savory are great because you have them all year round and they dry well. I have them in a rockery with marjoram, mint and chives growing up between them each spring. They are so handy to have to smell great too.

  18. March 29, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    How exciting and sounds like a fab project. A tip for your herb garden is keep it close to the house and don’t give them too good a soil, they won’t thank you. And do the research before choosing a wisteria, check that it’ll be happy where you want to plant it, otherwise it’ll never work. It’s likely to work if there’s many in the local area. Thanks for hosting #homeetc

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