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Garden furniture usually emerges
from the long winter looking tired
and lacklustre, but even the most
weathered of tables and chairs can be
revived with a coat of outdoor paint.
All it takes is a good scrub of the
wood, a base paint of restorer, and a
coat or two of botanical green, a cheery
bright or chalky neutral to completely
transform the furniture set.
Search through charity shops and
reclamation yards for pre-loved pieces
such as old wooden café tables and
benches and wrought iron patio sets.
Jazz up with colourful cushions
and cosy throws for al fresco evenings.
The right furniture can turn any
garden into an outdoor living room.
DRESS THE SPACE
Just like any room in the house, stylish accessories
add a ﬁnishing touch to the garden. This could
be dressing a wall with bunting, hanging lanterns
from trees, or brightening up a border with paper
windmills. Parasols, awnings and gazebos can be
enjoyed on hot days and used as shelter during
summer rain! Add a classic barbecue, or follow
Jamie Oliver's lead with a wood-ﬁred oven for
perfect pizzas. And a coal or electric outdoor ﬁre
will keep everyone cosy on long summer evenings.
Outdoor lighting adds a
magical glow to any garden
and there are creative
options for every budget.
On a grand scale, low-level
lighting can be installed
to illuminate pathways,
downlighters added to
walls create texture and
atmosphere in the dusky
hours, and spot lighting will
draw attention to statues or
To light up the night,
DIY-style, solar lights can
be dotted around the garden
for ambient beams without
the hassle of cables and
Delicate fairy lights
festooned in trees give a
'Midsummer Night's Dream'
feel, and pillar candles in
hurricane lanterns catch the
eye when ﬂickering along
paths and low walls.
Great outdoor spaces are more
than pleasing to the eye - fragrant
plants can provide delicate scents
in sheltered pockets of the garden.
Summer is the best season for
sweet-smelling plants to thrive; for
a quintessentially English country
garden theme plant peonies,
oriental lilies, and any type of rose
(one favourite is the clear-pink
Bourbon rose, said to be the most
scented of all by rose experts).
Sweet peas can also be potted in
containers from April and give oﬀ
a pretty ﬂoral scent.
the backbone of
a healthy garden
- hardy, dependable
plants that regrow
from the same roots
each year rather
than needing to be
Some of the UK's
best-loved plants fall
into the perennial
best planted in
a bed or border
with tallest plants
at the back, ﬂowers
for a full blooming
appearance (but with
space in between),
seasonal plants to
bulk out any gaps.
If planted well and
regularly cared for,
perennials will be
the star attraction
of any ﬂowerbed.
For green ideas on a grand scale, visit one of Britain's stunning horitcultural attractions:
Helmsley Walled Garden,
north Yorkshire. An 18th century
gem with fruit trees, green
houses and colourful ﬂower
borders nested at the bottom
of the North York Moors.
Pure Land Japanese Garden,
Nottinghamshire. Two acres of
meditative space designed in
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the 1980s by Buddha Maitreya.
Visit at dusk in late summer for
gorgeous lantern displays.
Barbara Hepworth Sculpture
Garden, St Ives, Cornwall. A
modern display of bold plants
and monumental outdoor
exhibitions dedicated to
the 20th century sculptor.
Fascinating for gardeners and
art lovers alike.
Royal Botanic Gardens,
Edinburgh. This green, spacious
sanctuary from the busy streets
has more than 70 acres of
beautifully landscaped grounds,
providing a tranquil haven just
one mile from the city centre. It
holds regular family events.
Hidcote Manor Garden,
Gloucestershire. The ﬁrst ofﬁcial
National Trust garden and a
mix and match layout that's
inﬂuenced every stately garden
since the 1950s.
WORDS: AMY TARRANT, IMAGES: SHUTTERSTOCK
FENCE IT IN
To add personality to a garden,
fences oﬀer the perfect canvas
- and there are almost as many
outdoor paint shades as indoor
(Cuprinol has a good selection).
A popular current trend is
painting contrasting colours,
such as making the shed
powder blue and the fences
light grey. Start by thoroughly
scrubbing the wood with a
cleaner to remove dirt and
moss, and allow it to dry fully
before applying the paint
- this could take a few days.
Apply at least two coats of
paint and then a sealant.
Keep painted fencing and
sheds looking fresh by cleaning
and touching up regularly.