1. Colourful Lounge Chairs
Lounge chairs are a great way to add a pop of colour to your garden as well offering a more relaxed seating arrangement than bistro-type traditional dining sets offer. I love wire bucket seats based on the popular Mexican Aculpuco chairs from 1950’s and widely available from many retailers this summer. The ‘ceylon’ or ‘chilli’ colour Salsa Chair set by John Lewis will really stand out in any garden, whilst the ‘saffron’ Lois Chair from M&S offers a more subtle alternative. Team with outdoor cushions in clashing colours to increase the comfort factor and bring colour to the garden long after the flowers have gone.
2. Statement Pots
Replacing your faded and cracked plant pots with more vibrant ones will instantly refresh your garden this summer. Retailer Clippings have a great range of plant pots that are both stylish and easy on the wallet. Try hanging these Aera Concrete Planters haphazardly along your garden fence. They are fairly compact so perfect to fill with spiky grasses or succulents.
You can also team your wall hung planters with a cluster of pots on the ground. I love these partially-glazed Teracotta Pots by Nick Fraser. Available in a set of three pots for £90, they are perfect for more structured planting like rosemary and thyme. If you love this design as much as I do Nick also does a matching range of pendant lights to continue the theme through the house.
3. Dramatic Lighting
Outdoor lighting is key to being able to enjoying your garden after sunset. Fairy lights look great but unfortunately don’t provide much light. I love these contemporary Nordlux Wall Lights from Houseology and best of all they won’t break the bank at £69 per fitting. They also look great teamed with the matching Nordlux Bollard which can be used for highlighting paths or key features in your garden.
Once you have installed your new light fittings, scattered hurricane candles to create a cosy atmosphere, ensuring those impromptu barbecues to go on to dusk!
4. Creative Planters
Planters are a great way to create a dramatic focal point at the end of the garden. In our garden we built white rendered planters from concrete blocks, but if you don’t have the time (or inclination – it was hard work!) there are lots of fabulous planters available to buy online. Online retailer Primrose do a range of interesting materials such as zinc, stainless steel or this Corten Steel Planter.
Try pairing planters in different sizes across the garden like this deep trough and tall column planter from Grange Fencing. Large planters look great with a mixture of different height plants. My favourite plants for adding drama are horsetail reed, a strong vertical statement plant and ornamental grasses which adds a touch of softness and fun.
5. Fabulous Barbecues
In smaller gardens the barbecue can become a really prominent feature in the space and therefore needs to be carefully considered. If your old kettle bbq has seen better days it might be time to invest in a new one and if you have followed the other ideas in this post, your refreshed garden will certainly deserve it!
I love Everdure, Heston Blumenthal’s new range of barbeques for John Lewis, and whilst they are quite pricey they are super stylish and may just be worth the investment. My favourites from the range are the Everdure 3 burner gas BBQ (£699) and the Everdure portable charcoal BBQ (£149). Both are available in several colours to compliment any existing colours and liven up any garden.