Love the outdoor life, but have a lacklustre space? If your garden maintenance has slipped, divert attention from the tricky spots with a few smart buys and cunning tricks. Here are 6 sure-fire ways to make your patch the talk of the summer season
1. Bling it up with accessorisies
Bring glamour (and a sense of humour) to the outdoors with a Gold Digger hose set, £119; and cast-aluminium Reindeer wall mount, £249.95, from Rockett St George. Fabulous with a capital F, this high-quality urban hose is both dirt-repellent and UV-protected. Shimmering in the sun or under your smart evening uplighting, it’ll shine like a jewel.
2. Throw in some clever tools
Colapz 2in1, £29, is both a watering can and a bucket. It holds 7 litres as a watering can or 10 litres as a bucket. It’s light, UV-protected and can fold away flat, with an elastic strap and hanging loop. It could be useful on a camping or boating trip, but it looks cool in the garden too, especially as it comes in such groovy colours – lime green, hot red, funky purple and this candy pink.
3. Scale things up with sculpture
No matter what size your space, think big. Grand-scale sculpture can actually make your garden look larger than it is – a trick those canny garden designers use at competitions such as the Chelsea Flower Show. We love the oversized handmade jars by Distinctive Garden, from £185. They are classically Mediterranean in shape and wood-fired for up to two weeks, giving them that unique finish and extra durability. Be brave and make a big impact.
4. Dress the wallsBare walls and fences can look sparse and unfinished. Burgon & Ball‘s Verti Plant, £9.95 for two, not only fills up a boring or un unsightly gap, but also provides an effective growing space for 12 plants (herbs, geraniums, you choose!). The top two pockets feature drainage holes that help to water the plants below and the bottom pocket is sealed to prevent compost leakage. Simply screw to your wall or fence and fill with pots for instant greenery.
5. Scatter some posh planters
Is there a lull in your alfresco chit-chat? What could be more fun than name-dropping your Downing Street planter, from £144? The smart fibreglass pot from The Chelsea Gardener is a reproduction of a 17th-century design – an early example of which can be seen in the garden of 10 Downing Street, hence the name. No matter your political leanings, its classic linear form would suit both a contemporary and formal garden.
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6. Install a show-stopping toy
JC Gardens & Climbing Frames make fun designs from sustainable wood oak and cedar, ranging from a Tree swing, from £150 (with personal engraving), to zip wires from £2,250. We reckon Senior as well as Junior Livingetc will love this cool hand-made rope Spider’s web, from £4,995. Bagsy first dibs. Race you to the bottom of the garden…
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