Thanks to the lovely warm weather, we’ve been enjoying spending a LOT more time in our garden this year – and I don’t just mean with the hosepipe and sprinkler. Styling your garden for summer needn’t cost a fortune though. A combination of DIY and some new garden accessories* are among the quickest and easiest ways to add some sparkle and style to your outdoor space. Here are a few of my favourite tips.
Table and chairs
Whether you have a small courtyard or a large garden, somewhere to sit outside and relax is a must. Bistro-style tables are perfect for compact areas and can give your space a real Mediterranean holiday feel. If you have more room, then a larger table with concealed leaves and chairs is brilliant for relaxed entertaining. True story alert: we didn’t realise our table had concealed leaves at first. Then six years later we had to move it when we had our new patio laid… et voilà!
If you have some furniture already, it’s easy to update. Give it a quick hose down and scrub, and if it’s wooden you can restain or paint it a vibrant colour. Don’t forget to add a few comfy cushions and throws for the evening (y’know, just in case the heatwave goes away).
Nothing says summer in the garden to me more than lights that come on at dusk. We have some electric spotlights but my favourites are our range of solar lights. I particularly love our solar firefly lights that look beautiful in our trees.
Our solar globes and spikes dotted in and around our flower and vegetable beds are a little intermittent now, so will probably need replacing next year. I have my eye on a few of these rather fabulous flamingo solar spikes 🙂 And I really want to buy some fairy lights for our table parasol too.
We’re lucky to have a pond in our garden and, now the tadpoles have all hatched, we can turn on the plumbed in circulating water feature. Listening to running water is always very soothing and relaxing but it also serves to oxygenate the water too – win, win.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a pond, then a stand-alone silver ball water feature would make a striking and lovely addition to any outside space.
When you’re sitting out in the sunshine, it’s lovely to have some scented plants nearby. I sowed some fragrant annual purple petunias this year and our perennial honeysuckle by the back door is also wafting its heady perfume. Plus the soporific droning of the bees is great for encouraging afternoon siestas at the weekends…
A good plant for throwing fragrance out after the sun goes down is annual night-scented stock – I have this in planters by the back door where we can appreciate its heady clove-like aroma.
Regular readers of my gardening posts will recognise our Tiger in the orchard, our Skeleton on the bench, our Komodo Dragon on the patio, plus a whole host of other smaller but no less quirky accessories. Our latest addition to the menagerie is this rather lovely Peacock from T J Hughes*.
We saw some peacocks on holiday recently – at a riding stables, would you believe – so this beautiful metal sculptured ornament serves as a great souvenir. And I think he goes rather well with our Tiger, giving a slight India vibe to our orchard.
Flora and I are divided on what to call him though so I’d like to enlist your help. Which name would you vote for? Let me know in the comments, please!
For the kids
No list of summer styling suggestions would be complete without a few ideas for the kids. Flora is lucky enough to have a trampoline and I’ve been using it recently too – not for bouncing, that would be unimaginably tragic to witness – but for sunbathing. It’s so much comfier than a sun lounger, I don’t know why I didn’t try it before.
When she was younger, we constructed a DIY wigwam under a tree in the orchard (try looking on Pinterest for all kinds of inspiration if you’re not sure how to make one). If you don’t have space for a trampoline or a wigwam then our other fail safes are chalking on the patio or water pistols. Both always go down a treat on play dates with friends, and with Alan, haha.
So these are my six suggestions for styling and enjoying your summer garden. Have you used any of them? If not, which tip(s) do you think you’ll be trying first?
* This is a sponsored post meaning I received items and/or payment in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own and this is an honest, unbiased review.