A 9×9 summer house or shed is a worthwhile addition to any garden and will actually help to improve your garden. This is because of the many uses for which they can be used for and not just for storage and relaxing although that is some of their main uses.
There are many flowers and shrubs which the British gardener likes to grow both for their colour and scent but the common reason is for the appearance of them. Just looking at these beautiful plants can make your 9×9 summerhouse look better whether it’s in the height of summer or depths of winter.
Admitted during the winter there are fewer flowers about but this can make them stand out even more than normal. Daphne, hellebores, witch hazel, begonias and, of course, snowdrops can provide some colour during the colder months.
The most important thing is to ensure that the flowers in the garden are available to view from the house certainly in winter otherwise you can miss out to a certain degree. If you have a summer house, which normally is down the bottom of the garden looking up towards the house, then this is a good place for flowers to be planted in your garden.
A good sized summerhouse such as one which is 9ft x 9ft, will shade the flowers from the wind and provide a degree of warmth with the heat of the sun radiating off the garden shed wall. Also, the backdrop of the garden building can provide a contrast for the flowers to stand out. Alternatively, flowers planted along the garden fence will prosper just as much.
If you don’t have space for flowers, often due to the small gardens associated with the modern house and don’t have space for a summerhouse, then you may consider a visit to one of the many botanical gardens around the country. The most famous one is Kew Gardens on the outskirts of London where there are over 120 acres of gardens to explore. Kew houses the largest collection of living plants and has over 600 staff including many scientists.
At Kew, you can see four grade one listed buildings, including the famous Palm House. A surprising fact is that Capability Brown once applied to be the master gardener at Kew Gardens and was turned down. Luckily he found fame and fortune elsewhere and he was rated as one of the best landscape gardeners in the UK.
During the summer there are many other flowers and plants showing the lovely colours and the purpose behind this is to attract bees to pollinate them. A special display of flowers can normally be seen at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) at their nature reserve, Hodbarrow Nature Reserve, near Millom. Visitors can view orchids, including the Bee orchid, and the best time for this is normally during early summer when these flowers will be at their best.
This Bee orchid is one of the better known in Britain and takes on the appearance of a fat bumble bee. I would assume the reason for this is to attract bees. They have three pink sepals, standing upright, and on each sepal, there are markings of three green veins. There are over 270 species of plants which are grown on this site, which used to be an iron ore mine which closed back in 1968. Rare butterflies are attracted to these special plants in these unique garden settings and some older traditional summerhouses may still attract these incredible plants.
The warden, Dave Blackledge, said that these plants are surprisingly resilient and this old mine is being colonised by many wild animals and plants. The relative seclusion encourages recolonisation of these old industrial areas. The RSPB permit access and visitors can see terns and warblers in full voice during their visits.