How to get your garden ready for your wedding
25 Apr 2022
If you're hosting your wedding in your garden, here's how to ensure all areas are looking suitably immaculate
Words: Tina Marshall
Gardens have always held a special place in our hearts, providing a private sanctuary where we can enjoy beautiful planting, feel at one with nature and entertain family and friends. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that many couples are now choosing to host their wedding celebrations in their back garden, appreciating the intimacy that this special venue offers them.
Whether you decide to host the ceremony or wedding breakfast in your garden, or wish to entertain family and friends, here’s our practical guide to ensure that your garden is looking its best in time for your celebrations.
Allow yourself plenty of time
Ideally, preparations should start weeks, if not months, ahead. This allows plenty of time to ensure that lawns are looking their best, beds and borders are weeded and planted up; hedges, trees and shrubs are neatly pruned; and hard landscaping elements such as fences, patios and paths are cleaned and maintained. Of course, gardens are constantly evolving and plants (and weeds) will continue to grow all the time, but by starting early you can gain control of problem areas and make good progress with the rest of the garden.
Give your lawn some tender loving care
A well-manicured lawn significantly improves the appearance of the garden as a whole and is always a welcoming sight. The best way to achieve a lush, green lawn is to mow it regularly, cutting the grass little and often. After mowing, trim lawn edges with a pair of long-handled shears. Where edges have grown into borders and have lost definition, reshape them with a half-moon edging iron to ensure a crisp, neat finish.
Remove any lawn weeds with a garden fork or daisy grubber, and sow grass seed over bare patches, remembering to water seeds regularly until they have germinated. Following a regular, lawn maintenance routine for even just a few weeks will drastically improve the appearance of your lawn, leaving you with an expanse of lush, green grass.
The power of plants
Attractively planted beds and borders will ensure that your garden is alive with colour, interest and natural beauty. Prune out dead, damaged or diseased growth on existing plants, and remove any weeds. Gaps can be planted generously with seasonal bedding, which will fill out and grow quickly, providing an attractive blend of colour, shape and texture. Larger gaps may be filled with interesting specimen plants in containers or with statues to provide a stunning focal point.
Consider using scented plants such as jasmine, lavender or honeysuckle around seating areas, where guests can enjoy their fragrance. Be sure to stay on top of deadheading, feeding and watering plants in the run up to the big day, to ensure they are looking their best.
Give the rest of the garden a once over
Garden furniture and hard landscaping elements such as patios and paths need to be well-maintained, clean and safe to use.
Paint fences or garden furniture if required. Jet wash patios and paths, and remove any weeds between cracks in paving. Rake gravelled areas to ensure they are level. Wipe down and position containers and patio furniture. Remove anything dangerous or unsightly, and consider using woven willow fencing or plants in containers to screen unpleasant views.
Seek professional advice
If you simply don’t have time to garden, or feel uncertain where to start, consider hiring a professional gardener in the months leading up to the wedding. They will be able to work to a schedule that will ensure your garden is looking its best for the big day, and will be able to make recommendations specific to the conditions in your garden. Your local garden centre or nursery will also be able to offer advice on suitable plants available for the time of year.
Gardening is widely believed to be beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing, and may prove to be the perfect tonic for any pre-wedding stresses. So why not make the most of the longer days, warmer weather and sunnier skies, and get outside and get gardening.