The back­yard blitz

Shake off the win­ter blues and get the gar­den in shape for spring with­out too much ef­fort, writes Robyn Willis

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After a cold but dry win­ter, there’s plenty of work to be done in the back­yard to get it in shape for spring and sum­mer en­joy­ment. Whether you’re a keen gar­dener or you’d pre­fer to spend your time out­doors with a glass of wine in your hand, we have plenty of small ways to brighten your back­yard.

New sea­son, new colour

Now that the drab days of win­ter are num­bered, it’s time to shake off the sea­sonal blues with a bit of colour says Vault In­te­ri­ors founder Jus­tine Wil­son.

“In­ject some colour,” she says. “Whether that’s by adding some out­door cush­ions, spe­cial UV ones, on an out­door set­ting or benches, it will make it feel fresh and bright.”

Thanks to in­dus­try in­no­va­tions in re­cent years, there’s a wide range of out­door fab­rics avail­able with the look and feel of linen.

If you’re feel­ing bold, a large sun um­brella is perfect for adding a lit­tle retro style to the deck or out­door space.

In smaller gar­dens or court­yards, Jus­tine sug­gests hang­ing mir­rors in strate­gic po­si­tions.

“Mir­rors re­flect light — they’re like a win­dow and they bring that in­door/out­door feel to the space,” she says.

Green walls are the lat­est de­sign trend to cre­ate a liv­ing fea­ture wall out­doors, with a num­ber of DIY op­tions. Al­ter­na­tively, go old school and plant Bos­ton ivy next to a wall now to watch it climb the brick­work over spring.

If you’re look­ing to re­fresh your out­door fur­ni­ture, Jus­tine says go for chairs that can do dou­ble duty.

“There’s lots of great stack­able fur­ni­ture that you can use in­side or out­side. Also, if you haven’t painted your deck this sea­son, out­door rugs are a sim­ple so­lu­tion,” she says.

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