From Dreary to Dreamy: Landscaping Secrets Every UK Homeowner Should Know

From Dreary to Dreamy: Landscaping Secrets Every UK Homeowner Should Know

August 22, 2023

Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite as dreary as a garden that’s been left to its own devices. Overgrown shrubs, patchy lawns, and a general lack of colour can be off putting. But, with a little inspiration and know-how, your garden can go from dreary to absolutely dreamy.

For all UK homeowners seeking that serene, aesthetically pleasing space, this is your go-to guide.

Understanding the UK Climate

Before getting into landscaping specifics, we need to understand the UK’s climate. The British Isles is no stranger to rain, fog, and sudden temperature shifts. If you’re reading this in August 2023, you’ll know exactly what we mean! An understanding of the climate will ensure the choices you make are not only beautiful but also resilient.

As Audrey Hepburn so eloquently put it,

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

This quote emphasises the importance of selecting the right plants for the right environment. But how do you know which plants to choose?

Choosing the Right Plants

When you walk into a garden centre, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and even easier to spend money you don’t need to and get the wrong plants for your Lincolnshire home! There are so many choices even the most enthusiastic homeowner is likely to end up feeling lost. The trick is in selecting plants that will thrive in the UK climate.

Native plants:

At ALS Landscaping, Lincoln we can help you with this. We always suggest opting for plants that are native to the UK. Not only are they adapted to the weather, but they’re also beneficial for local wildlife.

Some popular choices include:

  • Foxgloves
  • Lavender
  • Bluebells
  • Wood anemones

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list, that will encourage bees and butterflies, take a look at for a list of 20 British native wildflowers to grow.


We like evergreens including, but not limited to, Holly and Boxwood. Not only can they be used to ensure your garden maintains its charm during the greyer months, but can also create intrigue and areas of privacy in your garden, when planted imaginatively.

If you’re looking for a specific plant, RHS’s plant selector tool is a great resource to refine your choices based on various criteria.

And our 3D Landscaping & Garden Design service is perfect if you want to see what your garden will look like, once it’s complete, BEFORE you take the plunge.

Crafting Spaces

Not all of us are blessed with massive lawns, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your available space. There are numerous ways to create illusionary expanses or intimate corners in any garden. If you’re looking for inspiration, look at our Projects page to see how we can make what seems impossible, possible.


Divide your garden into different zones. Maybe a corner for herbs, a little patch for flowers, and a serene spot with a bench to relax.

Vertical gardening:

If space is limited horizontally, go vertical. Climbing plants, hanging planters, and trellises can transform a blank wall into a green paradise.

Water features:

The sound of trickling water can transport you from a bustling city to the serene countryside. Consider small fountains or even pond features. According to TotalPond, ‘…water, in all forms, releases negatively charged ions into the air, which combats free radicals and purifies the air. These negative ions are also believed to boost serotonin levels which relieve stress and depression and in turn increase energy, alertness, and concentration.

In our recent blog post, ‘The Transformative Power of Landscaped Gardens: A Pathway to Better Mental Health’ we discuss the benefits in more detail.

Maintenance Magic

Gardening isn’t a one-off chore. It’s an ongoing relationship between you and your little green space. We understand that not everyone is particularly ‘green-fingered’, which is why at ALS Landscaping Lincoln we take the time to ask the right questions to find out more about your lifestyle and create the garden that will work for you.

If you are a keen gardener and like to get your hands dirty; here are three quick tips to keep your garden looking great:


It might sound technical, but mulching is just adding a protective layer on top of the soil. This can be compost, leaves, or straw. It prevents weeds and retains moisture.


Cutting back overgrown plants can make your garden look neat and promote healthier growth.

Regular Checks:

From pests to diseases, regular checks can ensure your plants remain healthy.

For a more in-depth understanding, BBC’s Gardeners’ World offers a treasure of tips and tricks. Check out their maintenance guides. Whilst the pages have now been archived and are no longer updated, they’re still worth a read.

Getting Professional Guidance

While DIY has its own charm, sometimes it’s wise to consult the pros, especially for major landscaping projects. A landscaping expert can offer insights tailored to your space, ensuring your garden isn’t just pretty but also functional.

That’s where we, at ALS Landscaping in Lincoln, come in. From understanding the nuances of your space to executing your vision with precision, we ensure your garden goes from ordinary to extraordinary.

Remember, the key to a dreamy garden is persistence and love. It’s not just about having the best plants or the most elaborate features. It’s about the care, attention, and passion you pour into it. Every day, with every watering can, every pruning shear, and every seed you plant, you’re one step closer to creating your own piece of paradise.

Ready to get started and transform your outdoor space into a haven? Get in touch with ALS Landscaping in Lincoln today and let’s make your garden dream a reality.

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