Every garden is a story through its plants and design, reflecting personality, style and taps into both our emotions and aspirations. They tell the story of imagination, discovery, ambition and the evolution of ideals. It is a way of surrounding yourself not only with plants that you love but also with unique memories and discoveries. With our love of plants and outdoor living here to stay, we take a look on how to get your garden looking its best and to its full potential this summer.
Outdoor entertaining has continued to soar as we embrace our gardens and get closer to nature. Here are our top tips on getting creative to bring the luxury getaway feel to your own home in the coming months.
No matter the size of your outdoor space, a quick tidy is sure to make it feel bigger. You can create the illusion of having a roomy and refined garden by trimming back any hedges, bushes or beds that may have gone a little wild over winter. Pruning existing plants in spring also gives them the best chance of blooming again in the summer.
In smaller spaces, this is also where container gardening comes into its own and can add a decorative touch to a city garden. It’s portable, low maintenance and can be moved or changed to give a new look to your space or to brighten up a dreary corner. Where space is at a premium, a pot is a great way of adding the option to grow vertically too, softening walls and providing a flush of colour and interest. Our exclusive Loudon planters are available in different colours and sizes coated with a superior glaze, adding sophistication to your garden.
Creating a relaxation zone in your garden can help to take your garden to the next level this summer. The ultimate luxury staycation can be achieved by moving garden furniture such as chairs or outdoor tables into one section to create a seating space where you can soak up the summer sunshine in style. A rocking motion is known to releases endorphins that improves your mood and reduces stress. Our Repton Wooden Rocking Chair (RRP £189.99), offers utter comfort and the chance to immerse yourself in the full benefits of garden relaxation.
Try our Paxton Swinging Egg Chair (RRP £449.99) and sit in total luxury and in the serenity of your home space. If you want to reflect on our Repton Eucalyptus Wood Garden Bench (RRP - £179.99) will allow you to drift into your own world.
Outdoor firepits and fireplaces, as well as al-fresco cooking, like ceramic and tabletop barbecues, will get entice us to entertain outdoors this summer and beyond. Want a showstopping focal point for your evenings outdoor, the Hoole Seaton Lightweight Steel Patio Fire Pit With Grate (RRP£249.99) fits the bill perfectly, elevating the look of your patio.
There's nothing quite like the taste of barbecued food and tell-tale smell of outdoor cooking that lets us know summer has arrived. BBQs, outdoor kitchens and pizza ovens have seen a surge in popularity as people look for ways to have a fun night out at home. Our Gardenesque portable kettle charcoal barbecues (RRP £39.99) are perfect for those that crave dinner al fresco, but lacking the garden space.
Embrace your botanical fascination
Container gardening is a great way to colour up a small space, add depth and height to your backyard or easily change up the look of your patio. Choose a variety of colours, shapes and sizes for your plants to make your garden stand out. Whether it be the bohemian, charming and classic beauty of our Ancient Collection of frost proof garden pots (RRP £50.99 – 80.99) or the earthy tones of our Orson Cylinder Terracotta Pots (RRP £33.99 – £99.99), we champion outdoor living spaces as havens where you can suspend time and reality, dream, entertain and generally mould your own ideas of beauty.
Show your personal style and artistic nature with water features, like an overflowing urn or a fountain. The sound of flowing water is very relaxing and makes your living environment a whole lot more pleasant and tranquil, giving a sense of balance to the urban city environment. Our Copper Bowls Ornamental Garden Water Feature (RRP £269.99) is both calming, aesthetically pleasing and can work wonders to transform your outdoor space into a natural haven.
With the population spending more time indoors recently, the opportunity to get outside comes as a relief to many people. As well as ensuring you get your daily dose of vitamin D from the sun’s rays, time in the fresh air, enjoying your garden can help you to increase the amount of physical exercise you get and have a highly beneficial effect on your mental health too.
Whether you want to relax with a book on the patio with a glass of something cool and refreshing, play games with your children or pets or simply enjoy the company of your family, a little preparation will ensure your garden is the perfect place to be this summer.