Make your garden gorgeous this summer
Give your outdoor space some summer loving this month with handy tips from B&Q's garden design experts. It doesn't matter how big or small your space, there are plenty of ways to add a touch of cool or a dash of warmth.
You don't have to go crazy either. A small change can make a big difference – whether it's hanging a string of lights along a fence or adding a few beautiful plants to your borders.
So put your feet up and enjoy some handy hints on how to transform your garden in time for what we all hope will be a Great British summer.
Our top tips
Cool drinks trolley
A stylish drinks trolley solves the problem of running back and forth from kitchen to house, and looks great too with its bottle rack and removable top tray.
Don't let the bad bugs bite
Planting herbs like lavender, lemongrass, rosemary and thyme can help keep those summer bugs at bay in the early evenings, as they work as natural insect repellants, so are ideal around a patio.
Focus of attention
A stylish bench, comfy chair or even an arbour can make your favourite spot a real focal point. Alternatively, why not put a quirky collection of different sized pots in a corner or use lighting to highlight a feature when darkness falls?
Come dine with you
A garden table and chairs works in almost any space. If you don’t have much room, try a bistro-style table and chairs but leave enough space for everyone to get in and out comfortably. Folding chairs are a real space saver too.
If you're going to spend time sitting in your garden, you want to be as comfortable as you are indoors. Adding cushions to garden furniture can make a real difference if everyone is sitting down for an al fresco meal.
The light fantastic
When the sun goes down, lights can play a fantastic role in any garden - whether illuminating a path or lighting a table for relaxed and lazy summer evening meals. Candle lanterns add atmosphere (particularly on a table or steps) while these days there are plenty of solar powered options.
Keep the fires burning
A fire can be a stunning focal point, and keep you warm too if the evenings turn a little chilly or you want to gaze up at the stars. Chimineas give off the most heat, while table heaters and firepits offer stylish ways to enjoy a real flame.
Fire up the BBQ
Whether you prefer quick and easy gas or the traditional chargrilled taste of charcoal, a BBQ is a must in any garden. This season, there are loads of new models - from small and portable to big and deluxe with all the bells and whistles, including bottle openers and warming plates. But always make sure it’s on a level surface and out of the reach of children.
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