Get your garden ready for summer with our pick of stylish outdoor furniture and accessories
1. Smart seating
Whether you’re looking for a garden bench to sit and relax on or an all-weather suite for outdoor entertaining, the Chastleton Day Bed (above) from Garden Trading ticks all the boxes. Its smart design was inspired by the deep-seated style of ornate Indonesian day beds and it can seat three people comfortably.
2. Cool shades
This season’s parasols come in a range of bright colours and interesting materials. For high-end design, the Indian Garden Company’s Paradise collection of sun umbrellas, which includes this red Bali design (above), will bring a glamorous touch to outdoor spaces.
3. Oversized planters
Bigger is most assuredly better when it comes to planters. From galvanised zinc in contemporary shapes to rustic terracotta urns, there are garden pots to suit all tastes and schemes. For statement pieces that are both fun and playful, consider these Faceted fibreglass planters (above) from Habitat.
4. Statement dining table
A bold dining table is key to creating a stylish alfresco scheme. Chose a weatherproof design that will withstand the rigours of the British summer and one that’s large enough to accommodate friends and family on balmy evenings. We love this Nautic rectangular table (above) by Skyline Design.
5. Stylish outdoor lighting
Clever lighting can drastically change the look and feel of a garden, enhancing the sense of space and creating an inviting atmosphere for entertaining. Consider using a lighting designer to help you find a bespoke solution for your outdoor space. This Modern Industrial Styled lantern (above) from Lighting Styles has an aluminium matt-black finish that offers great weather resistance.
6. Versatile outdoor fabrics
Bring a feeling of summer sunshine to your garden with cushions, pillows and seat pads in bright colours and bold patterns. Choose an outdoor fabric that is resistant to sunlight, water and mildew, with a stain-resistant finish, like the Ionia collection from Osborne & Little, which includes this Kerkyra matress cover (above left); Paxos bolster cushion (above left); Zante mattress cover (above right); and Cerigo bolster cushion (above right).
7. Sleek sunbeds
After all of your hard work finding the very best garden furniture, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour on the Garpa Casablanca sun lounger. Its neutral colour and adjoining side table make it both stylish and functional.
For more ideas on how to spruce your garden up for summer, check out these hot colour ideas for your garden.