Forget manicured lawns and hot borders - modern outdoor spaces are all about playing with convention.
It’s that time of year, we all dust off the hose pipe and make the best of our outdoor patches. Getting creative in the garden can sometimes feel as though it lacks inspiration though. This year, we’re embracing the quintessentially English garden and giving it a modern twist. Have a look around our fabulous outdoor ideas that’ll have you reaching for the rake.
1. Delve into your bag of style tricks
The garden is the ideal place to embrace witty furniture and accessories as they’re instantly mood lifting. This Gladstone Bag plant pot (£98, Rockett St George) adds a quirky touch of femininity. Position on a table to give the illusion of someone being present to bring life to the space and plant with something wild and rambling.
2. Go for gorgeous accessories
For a potting shed with edge, add a designer bench like this Amaze teak sofa (£1,585, Cane-line), swap your classic statuary for 2-D art and mix up your simple terracotta pots with modern geometric pieces. Hanging white watering cans on an over head trellis creates a gorgeous feature.
3. Add some rustic edge but keep it luxe
This ingenious Straw Bench Seat (£599, DesResDesign) sums up the modern country vibe perfectly. Team with topiary animals of your choice to really bring the space to life.
4. Make a statement out of your summer seating
Long hot days are for kicking back in style. The Orbit Faux-wicker and poly-acrylic love seat (£5,820, Dedon at Outdoor Chic) is the perfect addition to your great outdoors and ideally sized to fit two so you can cosy up as the sun goes down.
5. Create a space for wistful thinking
We all need to escape from time to time. A romantic swinging seat like the 1900 Steel Hanging Chair (£325, Fermob) is the pefect place to unwind.
6. Add a twist of fête
A mismatched group of outdoor chairs creates and impromptu party vibe. Create the illusion of a garden gathering with the Joa Sekoya stackable chairs (£45 each, Heal’s). The contrast of simple modern tones with garden foliage injects modernity in an instant.