How to make the most of your garden this summer

Posted on July 13, 2012 by Guest Writer
Making the most of a garden

A good garden can be a summer haven, being the ideal setting for jolly family barbeques, afternoon get-togethers with friends and quiet evenings with a book and a glass of wine. However, if your garden is looking a bit lacklustre in the run up to the warmer weather, you can take action now. With a few small changes you can transform your outdoor space from an uninspiring area to an idyllic setting for summer.

Invest in garden furniture

If you want to turn your garden into social space then garden furniture is essential, as people need somewhere to sit. Investing in a few outdoor couches is ideal, as it gives you somewhere comfortably to relax on a warm day. A table and chairs is also a great purchase as this gives you the option of dining al fresco – an endlessly pleasurable experience on a pleasant day.

If you already have some garden furniture but it’s looking a bit shabby, then clean it up and give it a lick of paint. Throwing some new cushions and covers on well-loved chairs will give them a new lease of life, and a pretty tablecloth and a couple of candles will cover up all manner of sins if you’re eating off an older table.

Colourful plants and flowers

If your garden is looking particularly picturesque this year, then people will want to congregate and enjoy the sights. The best and quickest way to ensure the space is looking its best is by indulging in a spot of gardening, which is a really enjoyable experience in itself. Head to your local garden centre and spend a pleasant afternoon picking out plants and flowers to brighten up your garden.

If you don’t have any flower beds, don’t worry – plant pots and hanging baskets can look just as good. If you want to add a unique twist, why not add a bold lick of paint to the flower pots, or experiment with planting some seeds in other objects like a watering can or an old Wellington boot.

Outdoor lighting

Dusk is one of the best times to sit in the garden, and there is little better than enjoying a beautiful sunset and a glass of wine. Whether you’re relaxing on your own, or hosting a bit of a soiree, lighting can add so much to the atmosphere of the evening. There are plenty of options when it comes to outdoor lighting, from sophisticated white lights and colourful fairy lights in all shapes and sizes, to tall candles that can be stuck in the grass and roaring fire baskets which warm up the guests.

Try your hand at landscaping

If you have a bit more time and money to dedicate to the project, why not try your hand at landscaping? This can range from installing small features that make a big difference, like a bird fountain or a garden swing, to creating a path or a pond. Pebble paths are picturesque and can add elegance to a garden, and the trickling of a new water feature would no doubt prove extremely soothing. Another option is to build a deck area where the garden furniture can go.

If you’re looking at investing further into your garden, investigate insurance for your home.