Sitting in the garden that has great use of colour, texture and form can contribute to the overall design and feel of a garden, as well as providing rest and relaxation.
With summer holidays looming on the horizon, we’re all looking forward to using our gardens to entertain and reconnect with friends and family. Whether you’ve got a tiny terrace or acres of lawn, our 8 top gardening ideas will help you create your own oasis to enjoy all summer long.
1. Bring the Inside Out
Creating an area where you can relax is key to enjoying your outdoor space over the summer months.
Adding some garden furniture will help you create extra living space, whether that’s garden furniture sets for dining outside, or an outdoor sofa and some cushions for relaxing on.
2. Build a DIY Garden Bar
Make your garden the go-to destination for after-work drinks by setting up your own DIY garden bar.
You can fashion a bespoke garden bar out of an old potting bench. Just add a bright coat of paint, add some storage for your drink station essentials, and get ready to prepare the perfect G&T.
Check out Pinterest for some serious cocktail-hour inspiration, whether that’s transforming your garden shed into a cosy pub-style setup, or installing a tropical Tiki hut.
3. Add Some Hanging Baskets
Great for smaller gardens that are short on floor space, hanging baskets can really help you add some wow-factor to your garden.
As well as getting ready-planted hanging baskets from your local garden centre, you could even make your own DIY hanging basket using an old colander or even a plastic bottle.
If you want to mix it up, try growing some tomatoes or strawberries in your hanging baskets.
4. Let There Be Light
Not only will garden lighting add atmosphere and drama to your garden, it will also extend the time you’ll be able to use it.
Sitting in a garden filled with twinkling lights is great on a warm summer night, but it’s also a wonderful place to be on those dark winter nights when you’re wrapped up warm with a hot drink to hand.
When it comes to garden lighting there are loads of options. You could install some colour changing LED lights to illuminate your paths and patio with the help of an electrician, or go for the DIY option and add some pretty solar powered torches and fairy lights.
5. Don’t Forget the Scent
Planting fragranced plants next to paths is a perfect way to add another dimension to your garden.
Think about things like rosemary, thyme, and lilies for summer; honeysuckle, viburnum, and witch hazel for winter.
And, if you’re looking for front garden ideas, adding a big pot of lavender next to your front door is ideal for creating a beautifully scented welcome home.
6. Install a Water Feature
You can make your garden even more tranquil with the addition of some water.
If you’ve got the space, you could go for a wildlife pond in a less manicured corner of the garden. Just leave a bit of long grass surrounding it, add a few shrubs to give a bit of shade, and wait for some insects or amphibians to move in.
Water features can work well in small gardens too. Water lilies can flourish in even small containers, or you could add a bird bath to encourage even more wildlife to your garden.
7. Go for Fauxliage
If weeding and watering is not your thing, opting for faux topiary, grasses, and flowers could be just what you need.
Great for adding colour and interest in the garden all year round, artificial plants are now more realistic than ever before and will bloom whatever the British weather throws at us.
Blooming Artificial has got some great options.
8. Re-use Indoor Storage Solutions
One of the cheapest garden furniture hacks, an old set of shelves is just right for creating an on-budget vertical planter or potting bench.
Make sure you weatherproof your indoor furniture before putting it in the garden, and it should last well throughout both summer and winter.
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