The warmer weather is coming, so it’s a great time to think about your garden and how to maximise the space for entertaining and relaxing. Having designated areas in the garden is key to creating a space that the whole family can enjoy throughout the summer and beyond.
Garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms has over 10 years of experience when it comes to creating stunning gardens and has put together some of the biggest trends to look out for this summer and tip on how to use them in your garden.
Creating designated spaces and multiple use areas for entertaining, family activities and relaxing is a great way to create flow in a garden. Raised flower beds, hedges and fences are all common ways to add structure to the garden, but many are now turning to more natural elements to divide spaces. Rocks and boulders are the perfect way to create structure and create a more natural look in the garden.
In the garden it’s all about using bright and bold colours to create focal points and flowers are a great way to achieve this. Gloriosa Daisy and Peonies are great summer flowers that can provide a pop of vibrant yellows, oranges and whites into the garden.
Gloriosa Daisy also has the added attraction of enticing wildlife into the garden, these include butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds. Peonies require very little maintenance and, after being established can live for over 100 years.
Decorating the garden
Garden furniture and structures needn’t be green or brown, in fact one of the biggest trends this summer will be adding bright and bold colours to all area of the garden. Using bright colours in your garden furniture adds focal points to the space and brings the overall theme together.
Painting or staining garden sheds and garden rooms a bright colour helps them to stand out against the garden foliage, while staining garden fences a darker colour will allow the foliage to stay at the forefront.
LED lights have changed the way we light our homes and our gardens forever; they are more energy efficient and typically last longer than traditional lightbulbs, and with an array of different styles to choose from there is something for every space.
LED technology has been advancing for a number of years and LED lights are now available in a range of colours; they can be placed on timers or motion detectors and even controlled using a smartphone, great for extra security or adding ambience to the garden when entertaining.
Festoon lighting is great for adding that café feel to a patio or decking and can be extended with extension cables for bigger areas. Solar lights are also a great edition to the garden; these come in many different styles and have the added benefit of being able to put them anywhere in the garden without needing wires.