No doubt we’ll all be hoping this summer is one of the better ones, that we’ll be able to spend our weekends and the long summer evenings actually getting to enjoy our gardens, rather than dreaming of what could have been – the garden parties we would have had, the hours we would have spent relaxing on the sun lounger, the lost opportunities to potter around in the vegetable patch. Well, lets assume this summer is going to be a goodie, and because it is, you’re going to want to get your garden summer ready, so here are five things you should be making sure your garden has.
First things first – seating. Whether you just want a couple of simple chairs or the complete garden furniture package, there are a myriad of options available for you to choose from. What you need to think about is what you’ll be using it for. Are you planning on having friends round for barbecues? Maybe you’re looking for somewhere in your garden you can retreat to? Or perhaps all you want is to sit outside in the evening and enjoy a nice glass of wine? Obviously your choice will also be dependent on the size and configuration of your garden, but the main thing is that the seating suits its purpose.
If you’re to make the most of your garden during the summer months, outdoor lighting is essential as it will allow you and your guests to enjoy being outside well into the wee hours. And, again, there are plenty of options – solar lights, LED lights, lights that are purely decorative, lights that serve a more practical purpose, or even the glow of a fire, which leads us on to our next summer garden must-have.
3. Outdoor Heating
Let’s face it, those summer evenings can be a bit on the chilly side, so if you don’t want to be forced back indoors when a cold wind starts heading your way, you’re going to need some sort of outdoor heating. With patio heaters, chimeneas, fire baskets, and fire pits available, there are plenty of ways to stay warm in your garden this summer.
4. A Focal Point
You don’t have to have a huge garden with perfectly manicured lawns and rows of beautiful flowers to be able to appreciate your outdoor space. No matter your garden’s size or potential, there’s plenty you can do to pretty it up and make it an appealing place to spend time in. A good way to achieve this is by creating a focal point – something that adds colour or interest to your garden. The old bicycle planter in the picture above is a great example of this – it’s enchanting and has a real visual impact.
Too often we separate ourselves from nature when really we should be embracing it, and one way of doing this is by encouraging wildlife to visit our gardens this summer. Obviously there are limits to this – most of us don’t want foxes hanging around – but a garden alive with birds, bees, and butterflies will enrich your outdoor environment and help make it a more welcoming place. Plant flowers that attract bees and butterflies, and add bird baths and feeders to tempt feathered friends into your garden.