By Sarah Wilson
Looking for easy garden ideas to update your outside space ready for the Bank Holiday weekend? Then you've come to the right place. These quick, simple ideas will make a real difference to the feel of your outdoor space. Whether it's adding stylish accessories, getting that fire pit you've been meaning to buy all summer or trying a small makeover with tiles, they're all easy to do. Promise. So if you have plans for some al fresco entertaining with friends this weekend and the drinks on ice, try these style tweaks to transform your space fast.
1. SNAP UP A FIRE PIT
If you haven’t already got one, there’s no better time than now to buy a fire pit. If things start to get a little chilly on the evenings at the weekend, it means you can stretch out the time you spend in the garden. It will see you through the rest of summer and into autumn, too. This modern fire bowl from Charlton Island has a cement console for log storage to add a touch of autumnal style to alfresco gatherings. Toasted marshmallow anyone?
2. TRADE UP YOUR PLANTERS
If your containers are starting to look a little jaded, add a couple of these gorgeous ceramic designer planters from House Doctor to give your patio an instant style lift. Hand glazed and frost resistant, they look particularly good grouped together, planted up with airy grasses and other feathery foliage to create a contemporary look that will last for months.
3. ADD STYLE TO YOUR PATIO
Create a talking point with a piece of statement furniture. Mid-century inspired garden design has been a real trend this year, with some super stylish chairs and drinks trolleys leading the way. Some pieces look so good they work just as well in the house as out, like this Curtis sofa from Essential Home. A great idea if you’re short on either space or storage – or both.
4. ACCESSORISE YOUR SPACE
When it comes to transforming your garden into something special for the weekend, it can be as easy as adding some stylish accessories to give things a lift. These Harlequin scatter cushions from Bramblecrest are made from showerproof fabric, and come in a range of designs and colours. And when you’ve finished with them you simply lift up the seat and pop them away in the modular storage sofa until next time. Genius!
5. GET CREATIVE WITH TILES
If you fancy a weekend project, how about transforming a small area of patio or wall space with some standout tiles? You can add a section as a contrast to your main design if you’re not yet ready to go big on pattern all over. These porcelain Astral tiles from Walls and Floors are suitable for use both inside and out as they’re durable and frost resistant. Continue the theme with star-shaped accessories such as these sparkling lights from Not on the High Street. Just magical...
Sarah Wilson has been a lifestyle journalist for many years, writing about gardens since 2015. She's written for Gardeningetc.com, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, as well as Country Homes & Interiors and Modern Gardens magazines.
Her own (small urban) garden is a work in progress - so many ideas, not enough space to cram them in. Hero plants include her ever growing collection of ornamental grasses, black bamboo and ferns, and the perennials like salvias and penstemons that come back reliably year after year. All very restrained though when in fact she'd love to pack her garden with gaudy dahlias and giant cannas, so these are top of her wish list for what to grow next.
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