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Fire­places are hot

Gar­den de­signer Char­lotte Rowe pre­dicts a trend for big­ger, bet­ter out­door fire­places this year. ‘They warm up spaces year round and act as a fo­cal point for an out­door room,’ she says. If your budget will stretch, Bert & May’s Hot Box, £900, pro­vides in­stant flames in an en­caus­tic tile-clad cube.

Over­sized light­ing

Think big and bold rather than twee and twinkly. An­gle­poise has re-en­gi­neered its clas­sic lamp shape, ready for out­door spaces. Get an elec­tri­cian to add a me­tal pen­dant to a fit­ting with a suit­able IP rat­ing (IPX-4 for lights ex­posed to rain, IPX-5 for deck lights that are jet-cleaned).

Bam­boo and raf­fia

Un­der a roofed area, a row of bam­boo or nat­u­ral-weave pen­dants cre­ates a beach-shack vibe – fring­ing op­tional. Check out ver­sions at Ikea, Dassie Ar­ti­san and Bloom­ingville at Bodie and Fou.

Glossy, trop­i­cal leaves

‘A taste for ex­otics has been piqued by gar­den ex­perts around the globe blog­ging and In­sta­gram­ming their work,’ says Gar­denista con­trib­u­tor Kendra Wil­son. Visit The Palm Cen­tre (palm­cen­ for ex­pert ad­vice and va­ri­eties that can with­stand the Bri­tish cli­mate, from ba­nana trees to the Mex­i­can Fan palm.

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