PLAY AND DISPLAY
Create a special corner for children to encourage their imaginations.
“A family garden should be fun, versatile, and practical and kids love a corner in it that they can make their own,” says Marianne Shillingford.
“This can also be a brilliant way to brighten up a neglected area. Transform a fence into a sunny-skies outlook by using Cuprinol’s Misty Lake and then, when dry, create the clouds. With chalk, draw a cloud outline onto a piece of card then cut out to create a template. Position your template on the fence and draw around it with chalk. Fill in the cloud shapes with a small paint brush and White Daisy paint. You will need two coats.
“Get a carpenter to fit a bench seat or use an old toy chest or wooden boxes.” TIP: Fill a couple of small crates with sand and tiny plants, which can be a mini-landscape for model figures or animals.”
Fence painted in Misty Lake and clouds in White Daisy; bench in Muted Clay and Dazzling Yellow, all from Cuprinol’s Garden Shades Collection, £14.98 for 1L
Flamingo watering can £7.99, Totally Funky, totally-funky.co.uk
Kikkerland chalk pebble, £5 for set of five, Amazon
Wildfire tepee £135, The Modern Nursery, themodern nursery.com