A stylish garden is a great space to unwind, particularly in the summer months. With a dash of creativity, it’s easy to turn your garden into a stylish haven for relaxing in, enjoying family time, or whatever else you choose.
Don’t know your spades from your secateurs? No problem. We’ve compiled a few of our brightest ideas that don’t require a gardening guru to achieve. Whether you’ve got a small courtyard or rambling lawns, there’s something for everyone.
#1. Love Your Lawn
For many of us, our lawn is the bread and butter of our gardens. A luscious area of grass is the ideal place for sunbathing with a book, sharing a picnic, or even playing a game of ball with the family.
If your lawn is looking a little worse for wear, it will drag down the vibe of the rest of the space. Getting it up to scratch is a must.
As a starting point, get the mower out and give it a cut. If some areas are looking a little bald, use a garden fork to poke lots of holes and aerate the soil. A bit of sunshine and some rain will work wonders for restoring its natural beauty and creating a blank canvas to work from.
#2. Feature Furniture- A Stylish Garden
Your choice of garden furniture has a massive impact on the feel of your garden. You want a set that suits your needs and space.
For smaller cottage-esque gardens, you can’t go wrong with a classic bistro set placed in a sunny corner. It’s a simple way to create the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee with the morning papers. If you’ve got a little extra room, a table and chairs with a parasol are staples for creating extra living space outside.
If you really want to up your game, a hanging egg chair is one of the most on-trend ways to enjoy a slice of comfort. Choose the sunniest spot, add a few throw cushions, et voila. You’ve got the perfect cosy hideaway.
#3. Add a Pop of Colour
Vibrant colours are a quick fix for adding a modern feel to your garden. Throw some bright scatter cushions on your furniture, or place a few coloured pots around the place. You can always add some cheerful plants, like pansies and hydrangeas, to make it feel alive.
Sometimes, it’s as simple as adorning your table with beautiful crockery and a vase of fresh flowers. An understated flash of colour is a sure-fire way to make your garden look beautiful while bringing a smile to your face.
#4. Rejuvenate the Woodwork
With fences encasing the entire boundary and many of us having sheds for storage, there’s a lot of woodwork to consider in a garden. A faded fence and peeling edges on the shed are a big no when creating a stylish relaxing space, so it’s time to freshen it up.
Whether you opt for super on-trend colour blocking with whites and greys or stick with natural timber hues, it’s worth choosing quality wood paint for the job. Your woodwork takes quite a hit from being exposed to the elements all day, every day, so treat it to something that will stand up to nature for as long as possible.
#5. Bring Some Sparkle
Garden lights are one of the ultimate ways to create an atmosphere in any garden. Whether you want to keep your seating area cosy long after the sun sets or simply illuminate the pathway, there’s a stylish solution for every garden.
Delicate fairy lights wrapped around trees, under parasols and entwined amongst pagodas are sure to create a romantic vibe. With solar lights readily available, it’s a low-maintenance option, too.
Dramatic spotlights highlight otherwise dark corners of your garden, and wall lights can really make the space feel like an extra room in the house. Work with your garden and use lights to create different zones to make the most of what you’ve got.
#6. Make Room for the Wildlife
It’s easy to make your garden a haven for wildlife without compromising on style. You can find a range of hedgehog houses and bug hotels designed to blend into nature while offering shelter to any micro visitors.
There’s the option for bird boxes and feeders if you want to entice feathery friends and enjoy the sound of birdsong as the sun rises.
Your choice of planting is another simple way to be eco-friendly. Create an oasis for bees and butterflies by choosing pollinator-friendly flowers, like foxgloves and candytuft. Rewilding is all the rage right now, so invite nature into your garden.
#7. Folding Bar
Upgrade your garden without losing out on space with a nifty folding bar. They hang on the wall and fold down when you need them, adding a dash of modern pizazz to any outdoor space.
Rustic wooden bars are super stylish and easy to look after at the same time. Fill it with some cute garden glasses and your favourite drinks for the ultimate stay-at-home summer party evening.
#8. Living Wall
A living wall is our top trick for anyone short on space. Encourage rambling roses or sweet peas to grow up walls or fences to add traditional flair.
For a more modern look, paint wooden panels in sage greens, greys or bright colours and attach them to the wall before training your plants. Opt for potted plants or faux plants for a low-maintenance twist on this beautiful idea.
A living wall filled with container plants is a great way for renters to take their garden with them wherever they go.
Ready, Set, Grow
Whatever space you’ve got available, there’s a way to create a beautiful, liveable garden. From seating areas for BBQs to chilled romance under sparkly solar lights, tap into these ideas to transform the outdoor space at your home.
Remember to think about which areas the sun naturally illuminates and work with nature for the best results. Get creative and have fun during the process!