With the summer months quickly approaching, many of us are looking forward to days spent in the sun sipping a cold drink with friends and family. Barbeques are another highlight of our summer, so an excellent way to prepare for the summertime is by making your garden guest-ready.
Here are some of the best ways to make your garden into a relaxing oasis for you, your family and your friends to enjoy this summer.
Install A Patio Or Deck
Sturdy flooring is crucial for when you want to break out the garden furniture again. You may already have a suitable patio or deck but if not, now is the time to have one installed. Your patio doesn’t need to be huge – even a small corner of the garden will be enough for a cosy gathering.
If you plan to host barbeques, you may need a larger space to comfortably fit guests and the barbeque. It may also be a good idea to have a space for the barbeque further away from the seating area and a safe distance from your home.
Consider A Firepit
While we can look forward to warmer nights in the coming months, UK summer nights rarely get as warm as we might like. A firepit is an excellent way to solve this issue. As well as providing the charm and fun of an open fire, firepits are ideal for keeping you warm on cooler days or evenings.
You could consider investing in a smokeless firepit to prevent too much irritating smoke or choose a more traditional firepit. You can also get firepits with decorative sides that will cast beautiful shadows across your garden.
Don’t Neglect Your Doors
An excellent way to make the best use of your garden is by having wide open backdoors. Bifold, French and sliding doors are all excellent options to open up your home space on warm days. Of course, expansive windows and doors will have to be properly dressed, so you may consider perfect fit blinds to set off the look and inject style and functionality into your garden doors.
Choose The Right Garden Furniture
It may help to consider what you will be using your garden for when deciding which garden furniture to invest in. Comfortable chairs are an excellent choice for any garden as they will be perfect for eating, lounging or reading in. If sunbathing is something you’re keen to do each summer, then a reclining lounge chair could be ideal.
For those with bigger families, then an extendable outdoor sofa could be perfect. The furniture you choose will largely depend on your garden’s size and shape, so it will help to take some measurements to see how you can best use the space.
Invest In A Water Feature
A water feature such as a pond, fountain or birdbath can add instant charm and elegance to a garden. The sound of trickling water can lend calming and relaxing background noise to your outdoor paradise. They are also ideal for cooling off during hot summer days.
It is vital to ensure that any children or pets are monitored carefully around any water feature you may install. It could be a good idea to install netting or a cover for the water feature when it is not in use.
Make Sure You Have Shade
Shaded areas are perfect for helping you relax in style. They can also provide much-needed cover for the unpredictable UK weather. You could consider installing a permanent garden cover which you could decorate with accessories or climbing plants. Table parasols are another excellent choice for less permanent and mobile shade in the garden. Awnings are another perfect choice that will provide cover for both rain and shine.
Fill Your Garden With Seasonal Blooms
No garden is complete without some beautiful plants. You could consider planting some seasonal blooms that will fill your garden with colour and scents at different times of the year. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, then now maybe just the time to start.
You could begin with some hardy plants such as evergreens, which will add leafy freshness to your garden all year round, and then move on to more high maintenance plants as you gain experience.
Ensuring that your grass is well kept is another way to help create a relaxing atmosphere. While a good lawn may require a lot of maintenance in the warmer months, the benefits will be well worth the effort.
Turning a garden into an outdoor oasis can be more straightforward than it seems. Investing in some good quality garden furniture is a must and can instantly make your garden a place where you can relax and enjoy time in nature. It may help to experiment with different outdoor options to see which may work best for you and your garden.