Despite what the weather might suggest, Summer is almost here! Bright days filled with sunshine, hours enjoying the heat in the garden or down at the beach and those long summer evenings with that sweet summer breeze are on the way. So, if you’re hoping to make the most of your summer then you’ll need to get your garden or outdoor space in order.
Here you’ll find some helpful ideas of how you can get your garden ready for summer – just in time for all those BBQ’s, sunbathing afternoons, hours of reading and beautiful breakfast mornings!
Yes, the summer weather is great. But hours of endless and intense sunshine can be dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions. Plus, any guests you might have will thank you for a shady spot to gain some relief from the sun for a while. You could buy shade trees from The Tree Center and enjoy your ice cream before it melts, put a stylish garden parasol over your table and chairs so you can read your summer thriller without squinting, or if you want something a little more permanent, consider planting some wall climbers around a pergola to enjoy in the summers to come.
Our garden furniture goes into hibernation over the winter months so when it’s time to get it out again, it can look a little worse for wear. Wake up your garden furniture with a quick lick of paint. You can give that old wooden set an instant lift with a new pastel shade of green or blue. Add seat cushions to compliment the look and it’ll look like you’ve treated yourself and your guests to a brand new patio set.
Having adequate lighting is crucial if you want to enjoy it to it’s full potential. Yes, the evening’s might be lighter and longer, but well placed lighting will give your garden a more sophisticated and magical feel. Solar powered lights are available in a wide variety of styles, are inexpensive and can be placed pretty much anywhere. So, you could place a few solar stakes in the ground between the flowers as well as a string of twinkly fairy lights around the seating area.
Got some old jars hanging around? Why not paint them and pop a tea light inside for an instant garden atmosphere lift?
There might not be a cloud in the sky, but that lack of cloud cover could mean cooler evenings. To keep you and your guests warm, consider dedicating an area in your garden to a fire pit or a chiminea or two for your guests to sit around. Don’t forget to bring a few of your indoor comforts outside too: extra cushions and throws will always go down well in the cooler evenings.
Winter can be cruel to you garden. So, you might have to dedicate a few weekends to some hefty weed pulling, lawn mowing and power washing the patio area. It’ll all be worth it though.
How are you getting your garden ready for summer? Let me know in the comments!