The moment the sun comes out, everyone in Britain heads outside to enjoy the garden. Whether it's a spot of sunbathing, or an al fresco dinner party, furnishing your outdoor space comfortably makes those precious summer moments go with a swing. Furnishing your garden is rather like furnishing a room: you're creating comfortable places to put your feet up, while blending colours, styles and textures so the whole effect is timeless and effortlessly chic. Here are just some of the essential products and questions you'll need to ask yourself before purchasing.
Benches make wonderful focal points as well as giving you somewhere to sit back and enjoy the view you've created. In our garden centre we stock dozens of styles, whether you're looking for rustic, natural wood or ultra-modern steel.
Chairs and tables: our many patio sets include French style bistro tables for dinner à deux and dining tables with seating for eight or ten. For nooks and crannies, swing seats and loungers for pure relaxation.
Parasols cast a welcome shade in the garden when the weather's hot, so you can stay out for longer. In our garden centre you'll find upright or cantilevered models, plus the bases to hold them firmly in place.
Wooden, metal or plastic? Wooden furniture is warm to sit on; coat regularly with teak oil to keep it looking good. Metal is an elegant choice: add cushions for comfort. Plastic is economic and very durable.
How much room have I got? Making the best use of the space you've got by measuring the area accurately and plotting on graph paper what size of furniture would fit best.
Is the style right? Blend your furniture with the wider garden's design: for minimalist city spaces, choose funky modern styles, while traditional wood or metal suit rural country gardens.
What about storage? If you've got a garage or shed, folding furniture packs away easily for winter. If not protective covers, available in our garden centre, keep furniture in tip-top condition.