Summer Garden

by Lucy Bryant, Friday 03 June 2016

With long warm evenings and the lure of a Great British barbeque, summer is without a doubt the best time to really make use of your outdoor space. For a private garden, patio, balcony, roof terrace, communal garden or porch, we have compiled plenty of bright ideas for all. Creating a fun and welcoming space in your garden allows you to maximise the use of your home adding value and appeal to your property. As BBQ season is definitely upon us we have put together a few of our favourite summer garden accessories to help you make the most of your outdoor space. 

Picking the right outdoor furniture can be difficult, however, there are a few things to think about that will help guide your choice of furnishings:

1)    Size of outdoor space 

2)    Preferred furniture material 

3)    Budget

4)    Personal Style

By taking each of these factors into consideration you will be able to narrow your search and hopefully find furniture that will not only fit the space available but also coordinate with your home. We particularly like Habitat’s two seater outdoor dining sets which come in a number of fun shades. To view online simply click on the link below: 


No summer garden party is complete without some form of decoration. Whether it be bunting, lanterns or paper pompoms, now is the time to add a little colour and style to your garden!


Outdoor decorations are a fantastic way to make your garden fit for any gathering or occasion. Pompoms and bunting are particularly effective for daytime parties and picnics whereas lanterns will create an intimate evening atmosphere. 

There are so many choices out there when it comes to barbecues. Whether your outdoor space is large or small we are sure there is one out there for you! If you have a small garden or patio, rather than opting for a disposable BBQ we recommend investing a small amount more and buying a portable model. These smaller scaled BBQ’s will still help you cook up tasty drumsticks and kebabs and can add a splash of colour to your outdoor space too!


However if your garden is large enough to accommodate it we would recommend this Webber original kettle BBQ. Perfect for hosting a larger gathering and available in a range of colours to match/coordinate with your garden furniture. To view all available sizes and colours please visit the link below: 


While the idea of investing in outdoor soft furnishings may seem a little odd adding cushions, blankets and throws to your outdoor party can provide extra seating as well as a pop of colour and personality. 


Garden scatter cushions add a personal touch to your outdoor space as well as making seating more comfortable so you can enjoy your garden for longer! We love to mix and match patterns and colours to create a fun and carefree space! We also recommend investing in a sturdy picnic blanket, it’s the perfect place to put younger diners or willing adults, again maximising the space that you have. This Cath Kidston picnic rug is perfect for garden lunches and family fun. To view this product use the link below: 


To complete your garden party kit we recommend investing in a vibrant outdoor dining set that exudes a fun summer tone! We think John Lewis’ summer ‘Botanical Garden Dining Set’ does this perfectly, its bright greens and warm purple hues that will be the perfect finishing touch to a garden party. To view this collection online simply use the link below: 


Making the most of your outdoor space this summer will not only bring you many happy memories but also add great value to your property. 



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