Summer Garden Ideas To Help Transform Your Outside Space

With a glorious Bank Holiday weekend behind us and another just around the corner, there has never been a better time to start thinking about your garden decor. Nothing beats a summer’s day spend unwinding in your own outside space. But are you getting the most out of your garden?

Flowers in a gardening cart

If you’re looking for inspiration to help transform your garden for summer, look no further than Gardeners Dream. Whether you’ve got a summer garden party coming up and want to wow your guests, or you’d simply like a beautiful space to sit in and unwind with a glass of wine on an evening, here are our top tips for getting your garden summer ready.

Look to lighting

Summer, of course, means much lighter nights, however, outdoor garden lights are still a great way to bring a relaxing ambience to your garden in the warmer seasons. From solar-powered lantern-style garden lights for your lawn to the classic fairy light for a patio area, there are a whole host of ways you can use lighting to bring style to your garden.

Create a seating area

If you’re lucky enough to benefit from a large garden, you can create a completely separate garden living area with outdoor sofas or a patio chair and table set. This not only provides you with a great place to relax during summer but is also fantastic for guests if you’re planning on hosting any BBQs or garden parties this summer. If your garden is on the smaller side, you can use throws and cushions to create a cosy picnic-style area on your lawn.

The perfect lawn

And speaking of lawns, is yours currently in the best condition? Your lawn truly is the highlight of your outside space so if you’re wanting a great garden, a great lawn really is a must. Your lawn should be regularly weeded, cut, watered and aerated to keep it looking fantastic at all times. For further tips on achieving the perfect lawn, check out our post ‘How To Create The Perfect Lawn: 10 Steps To Success’.

Bee in purple crocus

Attract wildlife and butterflies

Nothing says summer quite like a garden full of beautiful butterflies! With a stunning Buddleia Butterfly Bush you can make a stylish statement while attracting eye-catching butterflies to your garden. For further advice on these fantastic bushes, be sure to explore our previous post on ‘How To Plant And Care For A Buddleia Butterfly Bush’.

Birds, also, are a lovely way to bring additional interest to your outside space. Opt for a standing bird table, or explore nest boxes and bird feeders to help create a wildlife-friendly garden.

Make a scene with flowers

One thing is for sure – you cannot have too many flowers in summer! A bright and beautiful display of flowers really helps your garden come to life during the warmer months. The best thing about flowers is the amount of variety you can find – whether you’re looking to inject a pop of colour into a smaller space or you’re wanting to create a head-turning display in a large garden, you can discover a number of options to suit your needs.

If your garden is lacking in space, climbing plants, potted plants and climbing plants are ideal for bringing life to the area without encroaching on the space you do have. Or, if you have a larger garden, you can explore bigger plants and shrubs to really make a statement. An evergreen shrub, such as the Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘El Dorado’, is ideal for hedges and borders, then you can choose from an array of outdoor plants to create a colourful scene.  

So, are you feeling suitably inspired? To help get your garden summer ready, be sure to explore the full plants, gardening essentials and landscaping collections right here at Gardeners Dream.

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