Our Amateur Gardener of the Year competition is up and running!

In a quest to find the best amateur gardener in the UK, we recently launched the Wilko Amateur Gardener of the Year competition. With six categories for you green-fingered enthusiasts to choose from, you’re sure to find the right fit for your talents.

We’ll be providing hints and tips to get the creative juices flowing, and today we’re offering inspiration for The Best Garden Design category. Here are a few ideas for you:

Jungle setting:

If you like wild style, then embrace it. Inject colour, plant wild seeds and add bold texture to your garden. Bamboos, canna, taro and red and green caladium are perfect picks for adding a tropical twist to outdoor living space.

When it comes to wild style; the bigger the leaf the better. The gunnera plant is perfect for this. When creating your very own wild haven, don’t hold back.


Vintage scene:

Lavender is perfect for a vintage setting. The scent and colour will provide a natural rustic feel for your garden and it’s easy to grow too. If lavender isn’t for you then opt for pale pink roses. They help create a classic romantic style.

Ornaments and furniture are pivotal when it comes to creating a vintage scene. Wooden trellises and arbours tucked away in the corner of your garden help add a little magic.

Colour crazy:

If colour is your thing, then don’t hold back. Pansies, daffodils, muscari and fruit tree blossom are perfect for injecting colour into your garden. For a striking style, choose lupins. They’re relatively inexpensive and create a spectacular display of red, purple and yellow.

Creating colour in the garden doesn’t have to come from flowers alone. You can get creative with eye-catching ornaments and lighting. And if you’re feeling adventurous, fetch the outdoor paint and go to town on your garden fence!

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Go botanical:

Botanical gardens are filled with plants hailed for their medicinal properties and you’ll usually find them in specialised glass houses for scientific research, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own natural habitat. Herbs are perfect for a small botanical area. They’re easy to grow and provide much more than mere flavour to our food:

Oregano has anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to help fight respiratory infections.

Dill has anti-inflammatory purposes and helps boost digestive health.

Thyme is a natural diuretic and can help lower blood pressure and boost your immune system.

If you need some more inspiration for your very own medicinal herb garden, take a look here.

Ultra modern:

For a garden that shouts style, choose modern ratten furniture.

To produce that clean minimalist style, keep colour to a minimum. Think whites, browns and greens. A maximum of three colours is perfect. Instead of colourful flowers, opt for well-tamed green plants.

Al fresco cooking is continuing to grow in popularity, so why not opt for a contemporary pizza oven?

A finished lawn is key to creating that ultra-modern feel. Keeping it trim, clean and green will help create a tidy appearance.

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If Best Garden Design isn’t for you, then why not enter one of the other categories in our Amateur Gardener of the Year competition?

  • Best Allotment
  • Best Junior Gardener
  • Best Hanging Basket/Container
  • Best Wildlife Garden
  • Best Upcycled Garden

You have until June 30th to get your entries in. Happy Gardening!

Full Ts & Cs can be found here

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