The scheme that’s in­spired us this month

Each month we bring you a scheme that in­trigues, de­lights or daz­zles us

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No longer just a place in which to en­joy the oc­ca­sional lunch on a sunny Sun­day af­ter­noon, our gar­dens, whether a com­pact pa­tio or an ex­ten­sive lawn with well-stocked bor­ders, have be­come an ex­ten­sion of our in­te­ri­ors. And, as with the rooms in our homes, we want our out­side space to work in many dif­fer­ent ways. Now that sum­mer is here, that means pro­vid­ing an invit­ing and re­lax­ing set­ting in which to en­ter­tain fam­ily and friends.

This de­sign oozes Mediter­ranean style, with sim­plic­ity at its heart. The sunny corner with stone bench seat­ing is in­stantly trans­formed into a com­fort­able din­ing area with the ad­di­tion of colour­ful seat pads and co-or­di­nat­ing cush­ions. A na­ture-themed table­cloth in the same eye-catch­ing hues en­livens the plain ta­ble, while ac­ces­sories in vi­brant shades, an in­for­mal flo­ral ar­range­ment and a rus­tic hang­ing lan­tern cre­ate a wel­com­ing am­bi­ence.

Choos­ing the right plant­ing is key to repli­cat­ing this re­laxed Mediter­ranean look. Here, ever-pop­u­lar laven­der sits beau­ti­fully within the stone sur­round­ings and fills the air with a won­der­ful scent, while dense fo­liage con­ceals an un­sightly wall and brings tex­ture and soft­ness to the scheme. If the sun­light be­comes too strong, a smart sail shade is a prac­ti­cal and stylish way to en­sure you can while away the af­ter­noon in com­fort.

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