The days are getting longer, temperatures are warming up, and we’re all starting to use our gardens more as a place to relax and entertain. But after months of cold weather and indoor living, your garden might need some attention before it’s ready to welcome summer guests.
The good news is there are lots of low effort ways to revamp your garden and get it looking fantastic for al fresco summer entertaining.
Easy ways to revamp your garden
We’ve used the Very garden range to inspire our own low maintenance garden makeover. Here’s our selection of products and top tips to take your outdoor space from boring to beautiful.
Tackle the clutter
Just like any interior room revamp, the first thing to tackle is the unwanted clutter in your garden.
Outdoor toys, plant pots, tools, and anything else that hasn’t quite made it to the shed or garage will make the space look untidy. Get rid of any broken or unwanted items, then put away everything that’s left.
If lack of storage space is preventing you from keeping things tidy, an outdoor storage box or cupboard can work wonders. Very’s garden storage range has lots of good options; we’ve gone for the Shire large storage cupboard to keep gardening equipment and toys under control and easy to access.
Spruce up the patio
Your patio or deck is probably the main area where you’ll be entertaining, so it’s definitely worth spending some time and effort to get it looking smart.
Start by sweeping away any loose dirt, then use a pressure washer or a bucket of soapy water to give the surface a good clean. Make sure you rinse away any detergent thoroughly to avoid slippery surfaces.
Once the cleaning is done, adding accessories will give your patio personality and style. We’ve used Very’s shell ornaments to liven things up.
Add containers for instant colour
Containers filled with colourful flowers and interesting foliage are another brilliant way to bring your patio to life. Use summer container plants in pots or hanging baskets for instant wow factor, or add unusual planters to create a focal point. We love this elephant planter as a table centrepiece.
Don’t rule out artificial plants too; there are some gorgeous and very realistic products available these days. We’ve used the boxwood hanging heart to bring some greenery to our patio screen.
Refresh garden furniture
Your outdoor furniture is a key part of successful entertaining, so make sure yours is up to the job.
If you’re happy with your existing furniture, give it a quick wash and treat wooden furniture with preservative to prevent weathering.
If you’re adding some new garden furniture to your outdoor space, think about the type of gatherings you usually host. Do you need seats for a crowd, dining furniture for a smaller group, relaxed loungers for sunny get-togethers, or cosy chairs for two?
Our patio is a real sun-trap, so we’ve also chosen the Marseilles lounger for some serious relaxation.
Set the mood with lights
Garden lighting can be a game-changer when it comes to creating ambience as the sun goes down. String lights are fantastic for creating a cosy atmosphere, stake lights are great for highlighting specimen plants or garden ornaments, and path or step lights will help to keep everyone safe. Don’t forget the citronella candles too.
You can also use garden heating products to complement your outdoor style and keep guests comfortable when the temperature drops.
As you can see, there are lots of simple ways to transform your garden in time for summer entertaining. Make a start now, and you’ll be ready to host a gathering in style as soon as the sun comes out!
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