As the weather gets warmer, we can finally spend more time outside with nature, on country walks and in our gardens. Make the most of your outdoor space by creating a tranquil and relaxing summer garden.

You can create a stunning outdoor environment, no matter the size of your garden, with the help of these garden design ideas and tips.

Lawn with trees, fences and blue sky

Flower Power

Get creative with your flower beds and add a pop of colour to your garden. Flowers like Rhododendrons, Lavender and Sweet Peas are easy to grow and will make for a beautifully scented summer garden. Adding a variety of plant pots and hanging baskets to different areas of the garden creates an inviting atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

Herb Garden

If you have an area that gets plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil, it’s the ideal home for your own herb garden! Growing your own basil, rosemary and mint will not only make your garden smell wonderful but it will also add flavour to your kitchen. If you want colour, opt for chives, which produce pink and purple flowers as an added bonus.

Plant in a pot

Encourage Wildlife

There’s nothing quite like escaping the buzz of the city for the tranquil sounds of nature. Add soothing sounds to your summer garden by adding a bird feeder. Make your own with seeds and raisins, hang from a tree and enjoy visits to your garden from feathered friends. Your garden will be an escape from stressful surroundings and a place to embrace nature.

Outdoor Lighting

Make the most of your garden at night by adding outdoor fairy lights or wall lights. Battery powered or solar powered lights will add a touch of sparkle and sophistication to your garden and set the mood. You could also add a fire for a more authentic campfire feel.

String Lighting Outside

Get Comfortable

Garden furniture like benches, tables and chairs are amazing ways to create an outdoor area to relax and unwind in. Picnic benches make a great space for dining outside on a long summer evening. If you have the space, cushioned outdoor seating is a fabulous addition to give your summer garden party a cosy feel.

Choose a Colour Scheme

Treat your garden as you would any room of your house when you decorate it. Choose a pastel or neutral colour palette for flowers and furniture to create a serene summer garden with minimal effort. Wooden furniture is a great match for any colours you choose, and is less harsh than steel seating.

Create a Stunning Patio

You patio will be the connection between your home and garden, so it’s important to create an inviting space into your garden oasis. Pick neutral coloured paving slabs or decking for a more natural look. Decorate with garden furniture and potted plants for a perfect space to relax.

Garden patio set with lights

Add a Water Feature

Add a soothing water feature to a corner of the garden that will mask out any noise from the outside world. The sound of trickling water will create a tranquil atmosphere, ideal for unwinding on a hammock with a book. It’s also an effective stress reliever.

Secluded Space

In the summer months when the kids are off school, adding an escape at the bottom of the garden is a perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Shelters and gazebos are a great way to create a dedicated space for relaxing or meditating. Customise it with lights, cushions and wind chimes.

Keep It Tidy

A cluttered garden is not a welcoming space. Invest in a storage solution like a garden shed to keep tools, equipment and the kid’s paddling pool safe and out of the way. It’s much easier to relax without distractions. Discover our range of garden sheds and Log Cabins to keep your garden clutter free.

Garden tools hanging on the wall