I'm a gardening whizz and this is the stuff that any novice can do for a lush summer space

WE'VE ALL been there, wanting to spruce up the gardening but having no idea where to begin.

As soon as the weather starts warming up in can be temping to start randomly planting things and hoping for the best.

But don't do that just yet, knowing what to do and when to do it is vital if you want your plants to last.

There's thousands of rules about what's best for your plants and bloom, what weed killer is best, if any, and when you need to get everything done by.

Luckily, gardening expert Lizzie Fox at The Rose Press Garden spoke to Fabulous to break everything down.

Before you even set foot in a garden centre you need to get the basics down.

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Lizzie explained: "Whilst our minds run straight to plants and flowers, it's really important to add lots of organic matter, nice rotted down leaves or compost, as this will enrich the soil and help keep water in."

She joked: "less watering? Yes please!"

There's an easy way to do this, the pro advised to add around a 10cm layer of mulch to the top of any boarders.

"Another good idea is to paint fences and wash down outdoor furniture at this time of year before planting."

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Adding flowers

Once your bedding has been taken care of, only then should you go ahead a add flowers to your outdoor space.

Lizzie explained: "As our summers and springs get hotter it's important to choose plants that can handle the drier and hotter temperatures and conditions."

She recommended Lavender 'Hidcote',which is "a great option for pollinator-friendly flowers, the scent is divine and also the best thing about lavender is that it offers some all year round structure.

There are loads of creative things you can do with lavender, Lizzie suggested lining garden paths, or adding the to your borders for a pop of colour, you can even put them in pots on your table.

"Other options are grasses, I love Stipa tenuissima, also known as pony's tail grass.

"This has a lovely soft texture, doesn't need a huge amount of watering and is brilliant in the wind for adding texture," she explained.

Consider the weather

Of course, it's easy to forget that that British summers don't always reach the scorching heat levels that we dream about, which can affect gardening methods.

If you want to encourage your plants to bloom, there are a few tricks to keep in mind.

"Feeding once a week with a dilute tomato feed will encourage the production of flowers and the nutrients will support the plant health.

"Feeding a plant is a cost effective way to maximise your flowers," Lizzie quipped.

Rules for gardening in summer differ from the rest of the year, "a good rule to go by is to only water your plants in the early morning or late evening," the green fingered whizz says.

"Not only does this stop a lot of water evaporating, but it prevents the water scorching the leaves during the heat of the day.

"Also if you've grown some beautiful flowers that you'd like to bring indoors then cut them in the morning or late evening so the plant is the most hydrated!"

Location location location

The location and layout of your garden is vital, not just for the well being of your plants, but for you and anyone else that spends time outside.

Lizzie's advice is to "always to write down your top 3 priorities.

"For some people it might be a BBQ area and seating to entertain, or a relaxing space to read a book, or a fun kids play area, everyone's priorities are different and you need to make sure that your garden and therefore the layout plays to your priorities."

Consider where you want to physically spend the most time in your garden too, "if you love to sit in the sun, you don't want to pop your entertaining area in the shadiest part of the garden," Lizzie adds.

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