With spring nowhere, we can look forward to longer days of sunshine and flowers blooming in more than one sense of the word. You could find that spring is also a good time to give your garden a makeover; after all, it might still be wearing its winter clothes, so to say…

In the garden, even just a few subtle touches can make a surprisingly big impact. Here are just a few cases in point – and, remember, you can even add your own twist on these already unique ideas.

Carve out your own little tropical paradise

Okay, so you’ve probably already booked a summer getaway to Hawaii or the Caribbean for real – but, in the weeks until summer arrives, you can cultivate a tropical look in your own garden.

You don’t have to go too far, as the Real Simple website shows. Just add some colourful accents and deck a terrace with vibrant cushions; tangerine and fuchsia hues could work well. If your garden affords a glorious view, place some benches down, as they won’t come with backs that obstruct it.

Choose even your chairs carefully

The increasing flickers of sunlight at this time of year could put you in the mood to partake in some outdoor exercise in your garden, but you are free to prime your outdoor space for whatever activities you like. Those can include something as calm as reading.

Sedate activities like this don’t have to translate into a boring space, as you could arrange some chairs in punchy colours to enliven even a largely nondescript stone yard.

Let there be light – yes, even more of it

Yes, we get an increasing number of sunlight hours in the spring, but you could still want to increase your social and drinking time in your garden. Fortunately, you can do that by draping lighting against trees.

The Garden Rescue hosts advocate using lighting in this way to draw attention to a specific part of your garden. Use warm white light to cultivate cosiness and brighter colour for a party vibe.

Grow fruit to serve as both decoration and food

You’re probably not used to eating decorations unless you buy those wrapped chocolate ones to hang off your Christmas tree every year. However, even with a space as small as a small balcony, you could grow strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries in hanging baskets.

Build your own treehouse

Adult treehouses are forecast to be popular in 2019 – and, by making your own treehouse, you could give yourself space in which to maximize your enjoyment of the garden. You don’t have to paint your treehouse’s wood, either; leaving it untouched can make for a pleasingly rustic look.

That treehouse could give you a vantage point for inspecting your roof, too. Whether you have problematic-looking roofing in Gateshead, Durham, Sunderland, or somewhere else, consider asking local professional roofers to inspect that roofing for you.

Every home should a garden so you can feel and enjoy a green place in your house. Also, it is a creative and fun place for kids where they can do their creative things. So what plants are growing in your garden?