A beautiful garden is the perfect place to relax after a busy day at work, spend time with family and friends, or just soak up the best of the British summer.

Thankfully, you don’t need to be a green-fingered guru to create an oasis of colour and wildlife right outside your home. Just follow our 5 tips to transform your garden.

1. Sprinkle some seeds

June is a great month to sow annuals (plants which grow quickly during the warmer months and die back in winter). Marigolds, sunflowers and chrysanthemums are all easy to grow in pots or flowerbeds with light soil. How about a miniature herb garden? If you’ve got more space, you could also start a veg patch.

2. Invite nature in

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The sounds of chirping birds and buzzing bees can really make a garden feel alive. To make sure wildlife feels welcome, place bird boxes, bee hotels and hedgehog houses in the wildest areas of your garden.

3. Let there be light

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Want to enjoy your garden after the sun goes down? You can create an enchanting atmosphere simply by putting few tea lights in old jam jars and hanging them using garden twine.

4. Make yourself comfortable

After all your hard work, it’s vital to have somewhere welcoming to sit down and enjoy your garden. If you don’t want to purchase new garden furniture, why not restore an old set? You can make wooden tables and chairs as good as new with a can of specialist garden furniture restorer. For plastic furniture, use warm soapy water with a splash of bleach, followed by a protective layer of clear car wax.

5. Create a fire pit

Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy toasting gooey marshmallows over a roaring fire? A fire pit is also a great addition to your garden during those cooler evenings. You can buy ready-to-go fire pits but it’s also a fun way to learn basic bricklaying skills.

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