As the weather warms up, we all want to spend more time outside. For those of us that like to socialise and relax in our gardens, late spring is a fantastic time to start thinking about ways to make our gardens more user-friendly. You don’t have to put in a lot of time, money or energy either – here are some simple ideas to try this weekend:
1. Give your garden furniture a makeover
If you already have some garden furniture, but it’s looking a bit drab, why not give it a makeover rather than buy a new set? Go to your local hardware shop and buy some colourful outdoor paint. On a dry, sunny day, simply give your furniture a buff with some sandpaper before layering on a coat or two of paint in the colour of your choice to give an instant update.
2. Think about fun alternative seating
If you are hoping to create a relaxed vibe in your garden, then consider adding some low-level seating amongst your plants to really help you unwind in your garden. Bean bags, stools and pouffes are fun and sociable, and give a contemporary feel to a garden.
3. Make an outdoor bar
Here is a fun idea for a garden DIY project that you will use throughout the summer – a pallet bar. Pallets are inexpensive and very on trend, and give gardens a modern but low-key style. This is perfect for days when you are having a garden party or barbeque, and you’re after a stylish outdoor drink station. Quick tip: build the bar in a shady spot so drinks stay nice and chilled.
4. Add some lighting so the party can keep going into the night
This is an exciting and super easy way to make your garden even more usable and stylish. There is a huge range of garden lighting available on the market now, and so many are battery operated or solar powered – so no need to worry how far the nearest plug socket is. Try winding some fairy lights through a tree, or drape some lanterns along a fence. Or you could add some uplighters beneath your architectural plants to give extra oomph as the sun goes down.
5. Incorporate fragrant plants and aromatic herbs to the space for a more sensory experience.
Some plants are just a pleasure to be around. Thyme has a wonderful scent, as does Lavender and Jasmine. Ornamental grasses lend a lovely texture and look beautiful when caught in a breeze. So why not plant up a container of sensory plants and keep it right by your entertaining space, or consider planting for texture, movement and perfume in nearby borders.