Patios and gardens are now considered an extension of your indoor space, more than ever before.
The focal point for summer entertaining, with boozy barbecues and candlelit suppers, there’s never been a better time to give your garden a makeover.
From candles and stripy deckchairs, to herbs and bird baths, here’s a little outdoor inspiration…
1. Cool candles
Light up evenings in the garden with these cute little candles in jars from M&S, for £9.50. With their citronella scent, they’ll keep away mozzies while creating a romantic atmosphere.
2. Comfy cushions
Give your garden furniture a super-quick brush up with some new cushions to scatter around. We like these floral-patterned ones from Habitat (£40) and this blue and white outdoor floor cushion from Matalan (£12).
3. Hanging baskets
Hanging baskets are a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add some more colour and interest to your outdoor space. Either buy them ready made from your local supermarket or garden centre, or DIY with plants like pansies, petunias, trailing fuchsias. We like these Rope Cone Hanging Baskets from Tesco, for only £3.99.
4. Deck chairs
You can pretend you’re at the seaside with a classic stripy deckchair. This blue and white striped one from Amazon, for £29.99, shouts nautical.
Start your own herb garden in a pot outside your kitchen, so you have an excuse to pop out into the garden and pick fresh herbs when you’re cooking. Mint also is essential in mojitos…
6. Invest in an umbrella
Is your umbrella faded and the metalwork going rusty? Might be time to buy a cheery new one. We love this sky-blue Modern Simplicity Wooden Parasol from Homebase, which is a steal at £7.93.
7. Pretty pots
Winter frosts may have caused terracotta pots to crack and break, so pop along to the local garden centre and see if they have any offers on new ones, the more colourful the better.
Nothing says summer like the scent and vibrant colour of geraniums. Whether you’re more of a red or a pink person, buy as many as you can afford to fill your flower beds, hanging baskets and those brand-new pots.
9. Lighten up
Lanterns and outside lights will allow you to stay outside for longer. It’s a little pricey, but we love this sleek Montparnasse glass and metal light from Habitat (£140) and their range of bamboo lanterns is very on-trend too.
10. Raise the bar
A simple shelf and brackets screwed to an outside wall makes an instant bar for you to keep drinks and dishes when you’re entertaining.
11. Border control
Take a good look at your flower beds and see if they’re in need of edging to redefine their shape. Wilko has a cheap wooden Log Edging Roll, for £3.50, which will instantly smarten up those borders.
12. Give birds a bath
Birds need water to wash their feathers and drink, just as much as we do, so give them somewhere to bathe this summer, with this pretty blue and white Fallen Fruits Aged Ceramic Bird Bath, currently £10.99, from Argos.
Lavender will provide a scented backdrop to summer evenings, so if you have yet to add one to your garden, head to your local garden centre and have a look at their range.
How are you going to update your garden? Tell us in the comments box below