You may take your garden for granted. Perhaps you mow the lawn every so often and plant the odd shrub when the mood takes you, but you might not fully realise the opportunities that this outdoor space offers. The fact is, with a little imagination and some savvy spending, you can transform the look and feel of your garden to ensure it offers maximum comfort and style. Here are some great suggestions to help you along the way.

BBQ in the Rain

Be prepared for all the British weather can throw at you!

Turn up the heat

Let’s face it, the British weather’s a fickle beast. It can be gloriously sunny and warm one moment and then wet, cold and miserable the next. However, there’s no need to let this put you off using your garden to the full. There are a host of innovative products out there that can help you to weatherproof your outdoor space. For example, LPG providers like Calor Gas offer an impressive selection of patio heaters that enable you to enjoy your garden even when there’s a chill in the air. You can take your pick from a range of heater sizes and styles, meaning you should be able to find the ideal version for your space.

Don’t let a little rain ruin your summer soirees

On a similar theme, don’t allow the occasional downpour to spoil your summer dining and drinking sessions. By selecting suitable shelters, you can ensure that even if the heavens open, you and your guests will avoid a soaking. Perhaps retractable awnings would make the perfect addition to your outdoor area. Even a sturdy parasol could protect you from the elements. There is also the option of installing a gazebo.

Cook on gas

The familiar scent of burning charcoal might instantly evoke a sense of summer in your mind. However, if you want to enjoy hassle-free outdoor cooking, it’s worth investing in a gas barbeque. You can select versions with a range of impressive and useful features, and this form of alfresco cooking is much easier than traditional barbecuing. You can have total control over the temperature and you won’t have to battle with wayward smoke and streaming eyes.

Let there be light

Another touch that can lend your garden instant class and style is well placed outdoor lighting. From ornate solar powered spike lights to decking LEDs, there are lots of products to choose from. With the right illuminations, you can ensure that your garden really comes to life when the sun goes down.

Make sure you’re sitting comfortably

Of course, no garden is complete without some comfortable and attractive furniture. When you’re choosing your seating, tables and other items, make sure they are able to withstand the elements. Sustainably sourced teak is a good choice, while metal products can have a sophisticated look and are ideal for smaller spaces. For the ultimate in comfort though, you might prefer to opt for wicker rattan suites complete with cushions.

By introducing some or all of these design features into your garden, you can enhance both the look and functionality of your outdoor area.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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