What better way is there to spend a luxurious evening than eating dinner and reading in the comfort of your own garden.
As the days grow warmer and longer, our thoughts are drifting to how we can spruce up the garden in time for those endless summer BBQs and dreamy days lounging in the sun.
Everyone wants a beautiful garden but it can seem like a daunting task to overhaul the outdoors to recreate your vision. If you have a particular style in your home, you may want to draw it into the garden as well.
Our Dave Passell has put together a few tips for incorporating your style throughout your garden.
A minimalistic design would appeal most to those who love crisp colours and clean lines in their home. Keep to a neutral colours scheme throughout the garden to make it an extension of the interior design in the house. Greens, white and black are a popular option when choosing garden furniture, such as dining tables and chairs.
When planning your garden, keep to geometric patterns – perfectly aligned stone patios with a neatly trimmed garden and beautiful topiary. To really make a statement, build a pond with a cascading water fountain for the ultimate tranquil zone.
Draw on your love of contemporary art and design in the garden to create a modern paradise. Keep plants simple and install an abstract art structure as a centre piece to draw the eye and frame the garden. Cluster together unique planters in bright colours to add a delightful pop of colour.
For a truly on-trend challenge, why not try a living wall, a background of vertically-growing plants in a variety of shades and textures.
The rustic trend is all about vintage finds and an effortless wild-meadow feel. Build wooden structures around the garden, perhaps a trellis archway leading to the end of the garden, over this grow climbing plants such as ivy or honey suckle for a romantic ‘lost garden’ atmosphere.
Use a whimsical mix of planters, such as old wooden barrels or even grow flowers in a vintage bike basket for a fun twist.
If you wish you could stay on holiday forever, a Mediterranean themed garden will bring back those days of basking in the sun! The key to capturing this style is to use warm colours, such as paving stones in a grey or golden-cream to give the feeling of a sun-baked street. Pair the soft coloured stone with light blue trimmings, perhaps create a mosaic out of blue tiles or buy a sunshade in a summer-sky blue. That holiday feeling will return every time you pop open the BBQ.
If you can’t get enough of the hygge trend, why not base your garden design around the laid-back values.
Wooden structures, such as a garden house or a pagoda will look beautiful covered in climbing ivy and surrounded by a mix of tall-growing plants to create a calming green environment. Invest in high-quality benches or a swinging chair with white or grey cushions and a blanket to ensure you’re snug in those cool summer breezes. Dot solar-powered lights around the garden and light candles round the patio in the evenings for a gorgeous cosy feel.