Summer may be just over two months away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be making plans to get your garden looking its best in time for the warmer weather. In recent weeks alone we’ve been treated to some welcome increases in temperature and, barring a few April showers, we’re sure things can only get better.
As creatures of habit, us Brits like to enjoy the sanctuary of an outdoor space, whether this is somewhere to unwind, a place in which we can lose ourselves in the therapeutic act of gardening or a cosy spot to host those all-important family barbecues.
So how can you create the perfect summer garden that ticks all of the boxes for the above? Read on to discover our top tips!
Out With The Old, In With The New
Well, not exactly! Before you start shelling out for items to add to your garden, take a look around at what you’ve already got. You’d be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint can do for your old outdoor furniture.
Before you pick up the paintbrush though, be sure to sand down your furniture’s surfaces and purchase a paint that’s made to last outside. There are plenty of options out there, and once you’ve found the right colour your creativity will know no bounds.
Add Some Home Comforts
Spending time outside shouldn’t mean that you have to purchase a whole new setup. You can add some extra flair to your newly refurbished garden furniture by incorporating the home comforts that make your house such a pleasant place to be.
We’re thinking of items like cushions and throws here. Using these in tandem with your outdoor fixtures can put a fresh spin on an old style, as well as provide you with an additional layer of comfort and luxury when spending long periods relaxing in the sun.
Light It Up
Even when the sun does disappear, you can remain outside after dark with one of many garden lighting options. You’ll be spoilt for choice here, and whether you want to go big or small, there’s certainly something for you.
Create some ambience by adding candles to an outdoor dining space, or dot some lights around a statement water feature. Paper lanterns that run down pathways are an atmospheric alternative to more invasive lighting options and will help to guide you safely back inside after a night spent stargazing.
In addition to ramping up the tranquillity, it’s also a good idea to have some activities on hand if you’ve got kids or you’re hosting a summer get-together. Items such as ping pong tables will go down a storm here and will look great when positioned on a stylish patio. To really get the party vibes flowing, set up a game of croquet and invite your guests to take on the challenge. Just make sure you’ve put in the work with the lawnmower beforehand!
Take A Seat
Put yourself in prime position to catch the sun’s rays by introducing some smart seating options to your garden. Whether you go with deckchairs, a hammock, an outdoor sofa or rattan furniture, you should choose something that’s practical and functional. After all, there’s a good chance you’ll be reclining on these items for hours at a time, so your comfort is key.
For extra coverage, put a parasol into the mix. You don’t want your day to be ruined by sunburn!
It’s All Coming Up (Shrub) Roses
No garden would be complete without flowers and summer is teeming with a variety of annuals and perennials that can lend a collage of colour to your budding outdoor space.
From perpetually fragrant lavender to the enduring icon known as the sunflower, it’s always recommended to select the flowers that you know will flourish in your garden. There are numerous factors to consider here, such as the type of soil you use and how much sunlight your flowers will be exposed to. Get a measure of what works best by trying out a selection of planting methods – think hanging baskets or potted plants – and go from there.
Taylor Made For You
And that’s where we come in. At Taylor Made Planters, we have a beautiful selection of modern garden containers, raised beds and large outdoor pots that are suitable for any outdoor setting. These come in a selection of different materials, including wood, terracotta, fibreglass and galvanised steel, with the option to customise your wooden planter to your chosen requirements.
Our high-quality products are trusted by both public and commercial customers to elevate the look and feel of their outside spaces and are perfect for gardens, patios, balconies and so much more.