10 Ways to Get Your Garden Summer-Ready

a traditional garden in summertime
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Gardening is always about being ahead of the game. For example, if you want amazing winter colour, then you need to plan ahead and plant the autumn before. 

If this fills you with a sudden dread for the coming summer, then relax. Spring is the ideal time to plan and implement renovations, make hard landscaping changes and redesign borders - or plan for a new garden if you're building a new home. 

Paul is an award-winning landscape designer. An experienced designer, his diverse range of work has included everything from small courtyards to large country gardens, as well as public spaces, both in the UK and internationally.

He studied at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, giving him the opportunity to learn about plants and plant habitats from some of the most knowledgeable and inspiring plantsmen in the world. He created his first show garden at Malvern Autumn Show in 2008, and has since created show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court, alongside being invited to exhibit internationally in United States, France, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. (In 2022, he designed The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.) 

Since 2015, he has been a RHS Gardens Judge and chaired judging at all of the RHS Flower Shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He has also worked with Marks & Spencer and Bradstone to create garden products, and has written for The Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.