Day-to-night garden ideas to make the most of summer

When you have the chance to get out in your garden, you need to milk that outdoor space for all it's worth! Here are our top tips to lengthen those outdoor hours

Warm, balmy, endless summer days can be few and far between in the UK (sad, but true). However, we're not ones to be disheartened; it's simply motivation to make the most of what we've got, when we've got it. When the sun does come out, we're going to get every last second of garden time that we can, meaning both day and night are fair game. All it takes are a few simple additions to your outdoor space to make time of day completely irrelevant...

Be soft-hearted

garden having hewed red wall and sofa cushions

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There's so much to love about this versatile garden, not least the dusky Watermelon tones of the rough-hewed wall and built-in bench seat. Generate a Moroccan vibe by piling up patterned cushions on a low wall, bench seat, or even on the grass to lounge your way through the day. Keep some chunky blankets to hand so, when dusk approaches, you can snuggle in to enjoy the sunset.

Inside-outside, outside-in

garden space with green plants and sitting place with cushions

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If an evening in the actual garden doesn't appeal, this conservatory-type space is a good compromise; the foliage prints and green rag rug, plus arbor-like seating create a sense of still being outdoors. We do recommend throwing open the doors to make the most of that undefinable summer scent though...

Rooftop sun trap by day...

rooftop terrace with green plants wooden flooring and chair

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Bleached-wood raised planting beds that double as seating, rattan chairs with metallic cushions, a little shade from pretty foliage... This urban rooftop haven is just calling for a relaxed daytime barbecue with your nearest and dearest. And it's simple to take it through to night, just add blankets, cushions, candlelight or fairylights.

Summer sounds

white portable player and glass with lemon

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Make that carnival playlist portable with a retro record player or an outdoor sound-system. Music really sets the tone for a space, so whether you're gearing up for a big gathering or winding down with a relaxing Sunday session, this is a really simple way to take your garden from day to night and back again.

Get fired up

fire pit garden with bricked wall and sofa set with cushions

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Up the ante, and the summer festival feel, by placing a fire pit at the heart of your outdoor space. Let the sun - and the summer-fruit coloured accents - warm you by day, then by night be sociable around the modern version of a campfire. A beautifully relaxing way to enjoy your garden long after evening falls.

Sun-kissed glow

outdoor lighting with light cubes and disco balls

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Just looking at this image we feel like we're on holiday in a foreign land! Bring this luxury look home with interesting outdoor lighting - like this uber cool chair, or similarly stylish light cubes - and reflective surfaces that pick up the midnight blues. And... relax.



Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.