It’s the time of year when making the most of your outdoor space is a necessity, as when the sun comes out you’ll be over the moon to sit back, relax and revel in the beauty of your hard work. So the big question is, where to begin? Well here are our four garden themes to inspire you…
For those who love to host a BBQ, throw a party, and basically make sure their home (and garden) is the heart of their social life, then making it fun and mingling-friendly is a must. Start by jazzing up an area of your garden with a Bernini pedestal water feature (our Today’s Special Value offer this Sunday 12th July). They’re perfect to pair up – so stand a fountain either side of an entrance way or set of steps for a grand and beautifully symmetrical finish to your outdoor space.
Decorate your archways, trees or parasol with this ambient globe light strand to ensure the party never has to finish early, and find space to place a table (the bigger the better) and chairs that will get plenty of use over spring, summer and well into autumn each year.
Brighten up borders with vivid plants that match the jubilant mood, and make sure – if you, your friends or your family have kids – that there’s a giant skipping rope and other garden games they can play. The adults will love it too!
If your garden’s the place where you can get away from it all, then top off your little hideaway with carefully chosen plants and outdoor accessories. Think dark, moody florals contrasted against white climbing blooms that add height to your fences and hang over hedges for both beauty and privacy. Place this nifty egg rattan table and chairs set in a corner for reading and relishing time with one other lucky person.
Don’t forget a couple of rustic ornamental sculptures to create the perfect mix of secret garden and time-worn ruins. Oh and a little bird bath or house is ideal – because they’re one of the few creatures who will also be in on your secret space, so it’s best to keep them on your side.
Think along the lines of kitsch, as multiple ornaments, trinkets and sculptures, big and small, are a must! Add a beautiful water feature for the sound of calm among an abundance of knick-knacks, and invest in a garden lounger to truly relax in. Where possible, collect garden treasures on your travels to stock up on memories, and invest in symbols and things that you love – whether that’s wind chimes, Buddhas, fairies or vintage accessories – then scatter them around liberally. In no time at all your garden will become a place that can tell many a story about you.
SOS (Short on Space)
Not a problem! With a little thinking-outside-the-box, DIY and the right stuff, being short on space can work in your favour. If you have a balcony or an area of your home that lends itself to the job, suspend plants vertically in pots or garden planters using hooks, rope and imagination to create your own Hanging Gardens of Babylon. This enchanting creation can also double up as a privacy shield without blocking out too much of the sun. Next place lights around windows, or paint large pots various colours, fill with stones and pop these stunning Luxform solar orb lights in each one.
For a touch of intimate romance, place Yankee Candles anywhere you can squeeze them and enjoy the scents that would be lost if lit in large open spaces. And finally, why not grow herbs on your window sills for cooking convenience and an added splash of nature – because let’s face it, being in arm’s reach of some extra mint for your mojito is never a negative thing.
Hopefully these ideas will spur you on to make the most of your outdoor space this year, and for many more to come. Of course, there’s no need to stick to just one theme; mix and match the things you love from each and make your garden your paradise.