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out­door space is a re­treat just for two. Bor­row this idea and place a pair of clas­sic 1920s-style cane chairs at the edge of a pa­tio, and per­son­alise them with your favourite cush­ions – here, in pink and green to match the gar­den. PS, lovin’ the fox­gloves be­hind!

4 When it comes to quick out­door styling tips, a gor­geous flow­er­ing plant, paired with an un­usual planter, will do it every time. Bor­row this cute idea and pop a pair of flow­er­ing fuch­sias into woven bags, placed right by the front door.

5 A sep­a­rate gar­den

build­ing of­fers a deluxe ver­sion of the out­door room, whether it’s a stu­dio, con­ser­va­tory or gazebo. If you’re plan­ning to in­stall one, en­sure it’s easy to ac­cess – lo­cat­ing it on a deck linked to the house is ideal.

6 The best place to

show­case sum­mer flow­ers is – ev­ery­where! Even nar­row spa­ces such as win­dow ledges can be coloured up, by fill­ing trough planters with potted colour such as these dwarf snap­drag­ons.

Ex­tend your in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing skills out­doors, to make your gar­den feel like a comfy liv­ing room

7 To zhoosh up drab cor­ners of the gar­den, cre­ate eye-catch­ing mini scenes – how cute is this tableau of gal­vanised met­al­ware! Com­bine a wa­ter­ing can and bucket, filled with cut blooms, with a wash tub rein­vented as a float bowl. These gor­geous blooms are asters, but use what­ever flow­ers you have.

8 If your space is small,

you can still cre­ate a lit­tle sum­mer­time magic. On a sunny bal­cony, paint cafe fur­ni­ture bright pink, fill pots with petu­nias and marigolds and hang tealight hold­ers – sweet! ➤

En­joy your sum­mer gar­den every day – not just when you’re en­ter­tain­ing friends

9 Out­door ta­bles with builtin planters usu­ally fea­ture ve­g­ies and herbs, but you can sprin­kle in flow­ers as well. They’re a DIY op­tion – look for de­signs on­line.

10 Get creative and try a wel­come like this near your front door – tin nu­mer­als, lit­tle can­dles in bowls and bunches of cut fo­liage.

11 You can im­prove any

out­door area by adding a wa­ter fea­ture. This pour­ing urn is a clas­sic de­sign, with the plumb­ing clev­erly hid­den by a clus­ter of pots.

12 If you’re handy with a saw and drill, ditch the con­ven­tional out­door set­ting op­tions and knock up a pair of rus­tic arm­chairs made from tim­ber pal­lets.

13 Trans­form a court­yard

wall into some­thing amaz­ing, us­ing an over­sized mir­ror part­nered with tall black cube pots and match­ing troughs. Black and gold fo­liage plants add a sense of drama.

Light can­dles, fill wa­ter bowls and pot up blooms – your sum­mer haven is ready for ac­tion!

14 It’s not all about the front gar­den. Your pro­duc­tive patch can be given a mini-makeover, too, by pot­ting up flow­er­ing herbs such as chives and sit­ting your favourite sum­mer ve­g­ies in rus­tic tubs and boxes, ready for pick­ing! ➤

15 Lad­ders make lovely plant stands es­pe­cially in com­pact spa­ces. Prop against a wall or fence and stack with as many pots of blooms as you can in dif­fer­ent sizes and shapes. You’re go­ing for abun­dance, so for­get about match­ing. Here, yel­low daylilies sur­round the base of a wooden steplad­der with pots of petu­nias and gera­ni­ums.

16 A flo­ral cen­tre­piece is eas­ier than you think. Ar­range flow­ers and herbs along a ta­ble run­ner – rep­e­ti­tion is key. And, while you’re at it, se­cure cut­lery rolled in nap­kins with a sprig of some­thing green and, if you can man­age it, aro­matic.

17 No gar­den? No wor­ries!

Find a cor­ner, in a court­yard or even on a bal­cony, and green it up! Fill glazed pots big and small with strappy plants such as aga­pan­thus, tuck woven fur­ni­ture in amongst them and pre­pare to re­lax! Sim­ple blinds screen out the sun and neigh­bours both.

18 Quirky planters dou­ble as out­door dec­o­ra­tions, like these straw­berry-filled colan­ders. You can buy pow­der-coated colan­ders in a range of colours or get out the spray paint and trans­form bare me­tal. Join them with coloured twine, hang from a hook and tell your guests to pick their own!

19 Pretty up any space with mop­head hydrangeas. Team pots and hang­ing bas­kets to cre­ate a charm­ing scene on out­door ta­bles. But stick to per­go­las or ve­ran­dahs, as they don’t like af­ter­noon sun.

Dress your out­door ta­ble with fresh fo­liage and sea­sonal blooms

Tie climb­ing plants to pieces of weldmesh, se­cured to the walls. 8

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Ditch neu­trals and add colour to walls as a back­drop for plants and tim­ber fur­ni­ture.

With their trail­ing flower stems, ivy-leaved gera­ni­ums are made for pots.

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