Renowned designer and Super Garden star, Brian Burke, has shared his top tips on how to elevate your garden. According to Burke, it’s important to assess your lifestyle before designing your garden to avoid ending up with an overgrown space that requires too much upkeep. He advises people to be realistic about the amount of time they have available for maintenance and to choose low-maintenance options if necessary. However, for those who enjoy gardening, Burke encourages them to fill their garden with plants and experiment with different styles.
Burke suggests considering different factors that may impact garden maintenance, such as how much time you spend away from the house, whether you like to entertain or have pets or children. He warns against blindly following trends seen on TV and instead encourages people to experiment with their garden to find out what works best for them. Spring and summer are the perfect times to get down to the garden centres and pick up some plants to play around with.
The latest series of Super Garden, now in its 14th season, is set to return on RTÉ One on 27 April. Five budding designers will compete for the chance to create a show garden spot at Bord Bia’s Bloom in 2023. Each designer will be given three weeks and a budget of €15,000, which includes €5,000 from Bord Bia for Irish-grown plants. The judges, Brian Burke, Gary Graham and Monica Alvarez, will have their work cut out for them to choose a winner.
Burke’s advice is practical and useful for anyone looking to elevate their garden. By taking a hard look at your lifestyle and experimenting with different styles, you can create a beautiful garden that suits your needs and doesn’t require too much upkeep. And for those who are feeling adventurous, Burke encourages them to be bold and brave in their choices.
It’s clear that Burke’s experience as a designer and judge on Super Garden has given him a wealth of knowledge that he’s more than happy to share with the public. As spring and summer roll around, it’s the perfect time to take his advice and get into the garden to create a space that you’ll love for years to come.