Planning A Future Garden With Tesco & Katie Rushworth

Patio Makeover With Tesco and Katie Rushworth

It’s safe to say neither of us have green fingers. We spent a frazzled hour at our local garden centre at the weekend with me trying to remember all the wonderful advice I’d received during a half hour chat with ITV’s Katie Rushworth who some of you may know from ‘Love Your Garden’. And if you’re wondering how on earth that conversation came about, let’s rewind a little…

Earlier this year, Pete and I started to tackle our urban jungle of a garden. We have a long, fairly narrow space typical of 1930’s homes. Up until March, one side of it was overgrown and covered in brambles. With our next door neighbours, we’ve hacked, chopped and torn down the bushes including a 20 ft high pampas grass. It was no mean feat but now in its place is a shiny new fence that our neighbour built giving us not only a blank canvas but a dog proof garden much to Maddie’s dismay.

South East London Garden Revamp

South East London Garden Revamp

Garden Fencing

As much as I love the new look without the overgrown element, it’s been looking a little bare of late and we’ve been at a loss with what to do to improve it. Eventually our new extension will be built over the patio and the whole back garden will be landscaped so we don’t want to invest too much time and money on what will only be interim steps.

When Tesco Gardening got in touch asking if I’d be happy to collaborate with them on a gardening feature and take advice from Katie, I jumped at the chance. I sent across a couple of pictures of my garden with some of the areas I’d like to focus on, mainly suggestions as to what we could grow up the fence so it doesn’t look so bare and how to break up the patio area a little which is pretty vast.

Five Tips For A Garden Makeover From Katie Rushworth

From just looking at the pictures, Katie was able to give me some great advice regarding our garden with lots of ideas I hadn’t previously thought about:

  • We have alkaline soil, ideal for growing climbers such as clematis
  • To test the soil if you don’t know what type you have, plunge a handful into a bucket of water. If it clumps together it has a high clay content, if not then it doesn’t!
  • As our garden slopes up and away from the house, we should think about planting to break up the eye line. Katie suggested digging a wide bed across the bottom of the lawn running alongside the brick wall to the patio. This would allow us to plant some varied height trees and shrubs, but we could also plant some trailing bushes to grown down over the wall above the patio to make it look less harsh and create interest
  • For further up the lawn, Katie suggested a pergola or other feature again to create a point of visual interest and take the gaze away from the garage at the top
  • For the patio, think again about different height plants – be mindful though that anything in a pot will need extra care since potted plants and trees cannot find their own water source

It’s amazing how logical it all sounds when an expert is giving advice, I often feel completely lost when I stare out into our garden other than appreciating that we’re very lucky to have the space we have.

Armed with a renewed sense of determination but unfortunately not much time owing to work and business trips abroad, I finally found a spare weekend day to give our patio a makeover using some of the amazing goodies that Tesco provided for an al-fresco home and garden, just before the rains crashed down. I’ve now got my seeds all planted up but was able to decorate our bare fence with the pretty solar powered bulb lights and add a little bit of Moroccan glamour with the gorgeous lantern. Here are some before and after pics:

Patio Makeover with Tesco and Katie Rushworth

Patio Makeover With Tesco and Katie Rushworth

Patio Makeover With Tesco and Katie Rushworth

Patio Makeover With Tesco and Katie Rushworth

Patio Makeover With Tesco and Katie Rushworth

Patio Makeover With Tesco and Katie Rushworth

Now I’m just awaiting a beautifully sunny evening to sit back and enjoy all my hardwork with a glass of Tesco Summer Cup or two and perhaps a little garden party with my workmates…

Thank you so much to Tesco and Katie Rushworth for collaborating on this post. Now I just need to put some plans into action!


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  1. June 14, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Love your pallet herb planter! We have done things to break up our long garden too – a rose arch and a little seating area at the end of the garden have helped! #HomeEtc

  2. Innocent Charms Chats
    June 14, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I think it looks lovely. Gradens are not my thing either but I certainly yearn for one of those pinterest worthy places. i think your patio area looks so inviting

    • Lins
      June 18, 2017 / 11:58 am

      Thank you lovely, there’s definitely a lot to learn but I’m willing to give it a go X

  3. June 14, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Ah it looks great, it’s amazing what a difference it can make! Great advice too, I wish I could have an expert give me advice as I am hopeless! xx #homeetc

    • Lins
      June 18, 2017 / 11:55 am

      Haha thanks Becky, the problem now is following through on the advice given, that’s easier said than done 🙂 X

  4. June 14, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    It’s looking gorgeous – love the orange lantern – perfect for the warm evenings we’re currently having! Philippa x #Homeetc

    • Lins
      June 18, 2017 / 11:54 am

      It’s so beautiful out isn’t it? I need to take more advantage of the evening warmth when I get home from work that’s for sure X

    • Lins
      June 18, 2017 / 11:52 am

      Sometimes it makes me despair a little but we’ll get there…one day! X

  5. June 20, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Great advice. I love the lanterns. I can just imagine sitting in the evening with those lite.
    The soil tip is great too! I would love to be a good gardener but I am hopeless! X

    • Lins
      June 20, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      I’m really hoping that over time I can improve my skillset, well at least starting it would be great! X

  6. June 20, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Wow, you’ve tackled the hard bit Lins. I know exactly what you mean about knowing what to put where and how to make the best use of the space. I’ve gone for the ‘little steps’ approach too this year. Otherwise it becomes unmanageable and you don’t get to enjoy it. How fabulous to have some advice and a helping hand – that’s a huge inspiration in getting started isn’t it. Looking good! #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      June 20, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Little steps are just right aren’t they Nicky, with pretty much any house project I find. I’m so in awe of people who just get stuck in but that’s why I take so long!! X

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