Summer is just around the corner. And with it comes sitting in the sunshine, going to the beach, and throwing BBQs. Is your garden party-ready? Follow our tips for revamping in time for the alfresco season.
- Create a Patio
If you’re planning on throwing outdoor parties, you will need a patio area. Consider a paved area or decking. This is the area where you can sit, gather and grill food. If your decking is elevated, you will need to create a boundary or perimeter for safety reasons. Glass fencing works well as it doesn’t hide the rest of the garden. Stainless steel balustrades can be purchased from SHS and other companies.
- Update Your Garden Furniture
Is your garden furniture looking a little tired? Invest in some new tables and chairs that are both functional and stylish. Benches are great for sitting out in the evening and enjoying a coffee or glass of wine. If you throw a lot of parties, it’s worth working out where all the guests will sit. In addition to your patio furniture, you might want to invest in some occasional seating. Bean bags work well, as long as you keep them dry. Ensure they have removable covers so you can wash them between uses.
When purchasing your furniture, don’t forget textiles. Cushions and seat pads will provide your guests with added comfort. Also, remember tablecloths and napkins. Wipe-clean tablecloths are practical for outdoor use.
- Create a Garden to Stimulate the Senses
When planning your garden, don’t just concentrate on what you can see. Think about scents and sound. Plants like lavender, rosemary and gardenias have beautiful aromas. Create sound by planting grasses and bamboo. The sound is created when the wind blows through them. Wind chimes also work well.
- Add a Pergola
In addition to flat flower beds, look for climbing plants and flowers. Train them to grow up walls and fences. Or introduce a pergola. There are countless sizes and styles to suit a variety of gardens. They make great walkways or small arches.
- Add Some Shelter
If you have the free space, consider creating a shaded area. This could be a simple gazebo or more ambitious project. A sheltered area is ideal to provide shade on hot days. It can also provide shelter from summer showers. When the temperature dips in the evening, a gazebo will protect you from cool breezes.
- Introduce Lights
If your parties or BBQs continue into the evening, add some lighting. This could be an outdoor electric light. Or you could do some solar lights around the garden. They will illuminate automatically once daylight fades. Candles are another option and will add an ambient glow.
Before we know it, we will reach the longest day and then move towards autumn. Summer never seems to last long enough. Make the most of your summer by planning ahead and getting your garden in tip top condition. When the sun arrives, you can sit back and enjoy it.