“Up­cy­cling is fun and good for the en­vi­ron­ment”

Amateur Gardening - - The Get Look -

new di­men­sion to the gar­den when the sun goes down.

“Cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful gar­den doesn’t have to cost lots of money,” says Bar­bara, who cred­its bar­gain shops for many of her finds. “Up­cy­cling is fun and good for the en­vi­ron­ment, too.”

Open­ing the gar­den in aid of the Na­tional Gar­dens Scheme has proved a wholly en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for Bar­bara and she’s greatly en­joyed shar­ing her great ideas with vis­i­tors.

“I want to en­cour­age peo­ple to have a go and push their bound­aries,” she says. “What have they got to lose?”

In­stall a strip of trel­lis at­tached to long posts above a bor­der to sup­port climb­ing roses and clematis. It will also ob­scure struc­tures ly­ing be­hind it, such as a green­house

Turn a post into a fea­ture by adding a cracked-glass-ef­fect so­lar light and a wa­ter­ing can ther­mome­ter

Grow hebes for glo­ri­ous splashes of colour. This Hebe ‘Mid­sum­mer Beauty’, po­si­tioned next to a lily, is a big hit with but­ter­flies

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