- Keep your colour palette simple, using just three colours in your planting will instantly give a more cohesive design. For a restful feel colours like purple, white and green work brilliantly but if you swapped the white for orange you would have something far more vibrant. Colour is a very personal thing, so pick what you love.
- If possible always allow your borders to be at least one-meter-wide, a curved border is much more forgiving in a garden than a straight one and they tend to be easier to plant up effectively. Use taller plants at the back then graduate the level down to the lower things at the front of the bed, to give you layers of flower, texture and colour.
- Mulch your garden every year (ideally in Spring or Autumn) with composted farmyard manure, homemade compost or mushroom compost. Spread the mulch around the base of all your plants and trees a few inches thick and ideally after a good downpour of rain. This will lock in the moisture, feed the plants and suppress any weeds, giving you a head start on keeping your garden look tip top for the Summer.
And remember a crisp lawn edge will instantly improve the look of any border.