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Gardens the focus for many as summer weather arrives

With much of the UK bathed in sunshine in recent days, it seems the topic of summer is finally very much on the cards. From hosting barbecues to planning street parties, everybody wants to get outside and take in the beautiful weather. But if you are planning to do so in your own home, you will need a garden area that you want to spend time in. Of course, creating an idyllic garden setting is not quick or easy, but with the help of a professional gardener you might still be able to do so in time for summer 2012.

Members of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) Council have told how interest in flowers, lawns and bushes has risen dramatically in recent times, with both the UK heatwave and the Chelsea Flower Show getting people in the mood for their green spaces. “There is a real sense of pent up anticipation amongst customers who are eager to get out into their gardens but are holding back on purchases, especially bedding and grow your own,” explained HTA president and chair of the council Carol Paris.

“Also, with the season being so late it is likely that customers will be looking to purchase more ready-made pots.” Her words come just days after the annual HSBC Gardens Survey discovered people are spending more on their outdoor areas than previously. Indeed, Britons are expected to pay out an average of £83 each on gardens this year, up ten per cent on 2011 figures. This cash will be invested in new flowers, water features, shrubbery and new lawns, along with items of garden furniture such as tables and chairs.

If you are one of those who is willing to invest in the best for your garden, it might be worth thinking now of how you can get a gardener to improve the space you have at your disposal. You never know, you might be hosting parties and barbecues for your friends and family before you know it.

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