Sit­ting pretty for long sum­mer days

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best re­sults. If you have a small gar­den, opt for bench seat­ing to save space, some­thing with char­ac­ter or de­tail would be ideal, or even a bench with stor­age space un­der­neath – re­ally prac­ti­cal and, with a cou­ple of gar­den cush­ions, can look good, too. Two-seater cafe-style ta­bles are also a good choice and, nowa­days, you can get at­trac­tive fold-away fur­ni­ture as well. Think about adding fea­tures on the fenc­ing or walls such as cute bird­houses or a wall-hang­ing wa­ter fea­ture. For va­ri­ety, use dif­fer­ent-sized plant pots for your flow­ers to give var­i­ous flo­ral heights around the gar­den, or a tall gar­den trel­lis. If you want to im­prove your fam­ily-sized gar­den be­fore the sum­mer starts, it’s best to think about how you’re go­ing to use the space. Do you like to en­ter­tain? Do you en­joy gar­den­ing and mow­ing the lawn? Do you want a space for chil­dren to play? If you don’t have time for much gar­den­ing then paved or decked pa­tio ar­eas are ideal and a good way of cre­at­ing an al­fresco din­ing area that the whole fam­ily can en­joy. You can cre­ate beau­ti­ful, curved, paved, pa­tio ar­eas and path­ways around your gar­den. Try us­ing grav­elled borders to keep any weeds away and opt for plants that won’t take over your gar­den. Also be­com­ing pop­u­lar is ar­ti­fi­cial grass – it looks great and it’ll stay that way with­out any mow­ing or main­te­nance. If you want a play area for chil­dren, you could use bark, wood chips, rub­ber mats or even ar­ti­fi­cial grass that will stay look­ing good and you don’t have to main­tain it. All these things will en­sure your gar­den is has­sle-free and it will look good all year round. With a fam­ily-sized gar­den, there’s an ar­ray of pa­tio fur­ni­ture to choose from, in­clud­ing din­ing ta­bles, rat­tan sofa-style seat­ing, pic­nic bench and ta­ble, built-in seat­ing, or maybe a com­bi­na­tion with lounge chairs to cre­ate dif­fer­ent re­lax­ing ar­eas. Think about in­tro­duc­ing an ar­ray of gar­den or­na­ments and fig­ures. It will brighten up the space and bring a touch of your own char­ac­ter into your gar­den haven. There’s ev­ery­thing from funky gnomes to wind-chimes and beau­ti­fully sculp­tured me­tal-work fig­ures to cre­ate a won­der­ful gar­den fea­ture. Speak to your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre or land­scaper to get plenty of in­spi­ra­tion and dis­cover the per­fect gar­den for your needs.

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