Sitting pretty for long summer days
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.