If you’re looking to flex your green thumbs and grow your own flowers and veg, you might be surprised to know that an awning might just take your garden to the next level. We know that flowers love the sun and need lots of water. But did you know that shade is just as important? An awning is a handy way to monitor light and shade levels, but there are other benefits, too.
Let’s take a look at 5 ways garden awnings can improve your plants, especially those you grow on patios.
Control the heat
If you grow most of your plants in pots, a patio awning could be the ideal way to help you monitor the temperature of the soil. As the earth in a pot is more compact than ground soil, it heats up more quickly. Whilst many plants like the heat, too much intensity can damage some flowers and vegetables and limit their growth.
An awning will shelter your plants from direct sunlight overhead. When the sun is at its highest in the sky, its rays are at their hottest. As it moves across the sky, it will be able to filter through the sides of your awning.
A retractable awning can give you even more control over the temperature and let more light in later in the day when the rays are slightly cooler.
Shield your plants from the rain
As well as protecting your plants from too much direct sunlight, an awning can keep the rain at bay, too. A good sprinkle of water is healthy for all vegetation, but too much can drown them. When the weather is particularly wet, setting an awning up over your flowers or vegetables will keep them at the right moisture levels. At Cambridge Blinds, we have a range of fully waterproof options so you don’t need to worry about drying your awning out after a deluge.
Help your garden find comfort
Gardening can be hard work! It’s also a year-long hobby, come rain or shine. Whether the sun is beating down in summer or hail is falling in the winter, a garden awning can help you tend to your plants without the wrath of the elements.
Broaden the variety
As you can see, plants need a balance of sun and shade to thrive. Some types of plants require more shade than others and vice versa. By having the option of shade provision from an awning, you can increase the diversity of your flower or vegetable patch.
Choosing a retractable awning will allow you to let certain plants soak up more rays than others.
An awning is also a great way to protect your plants from wind. If you live in an exposed area with little shelter, your flowers may suffer. Fences are one option to look into, but they can fall and damage your plants.
A wall-mounted awning, on the other hand, is a good, sturdy choice for breezy gardens.
The perfect awning for your garden
Whether you’re growing your prize geraniums or managing a full garden allotment, an awning can help you make the most of your plants. With over 25 styles available, we can help you find the ideal awning to suit your garden. We have retractable, every day, and wall-mounted options to suit every budget.