If you think your garden is looking tired and in need of some freshening up, you can look to introduce plenty of accessories and additions without spending a fortune – no need for a complete redesign! It’s relatively simple to breathe new life into your garden and to create a modern masterpiece.
There are plenty of reasons why gardening should become part of your everyday life, besides the obvious one of improving your surroundings. Gardens and green spaces are a “natural health service”, as they are widely recognised for improving our physical and mental wellbeing.
Gardening health benefits
In 2019, the NHS included “social prescribing” in its long-term health plan, including healthy activities outdoors such as gardening. According to the NHS, people who do regular physical activity can have a 35% lower risk of strokes and coronary heart disease.
In addition, the mental health conditions associated with our increasingly sedentary lifestyle can be aided by going outdoors amid the greenery. While enjoying the fresh air, gardeners are also burning off calories. Did you know the number of calories you burn from 30 minutes’ gardening is the same as playing volleyball or badminton?
The Royal Horticultural Society is currently researching how to maximise the health benefits of gardening, but here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your outdoor space this summer – you’ll want to be out there all the time!
Modern eye-catching outdoor lighting makes a big impact on your garden, whatever its size. It can turn night into day and ensure your garden is ideal for entertaining, both on a sunny afternoon, or a warm summer evening.
With different effects and settings, depending on the atmosphere you wish to create; wireless LED outdoor lamps can be used how and where you want.
Alternatively, try a large outdoor oil lamp, especially if you aspire to be more environmentally friendly. As well as providing a warm glow, the warmth of the flames will reach you, while heat-resistant glass protects you from the flames, so it’s ideal for those cooler evenings sitting on the patio.
Featuring interesting prints in a water-resistant finish; one of the big trends for 2022 is outdoor cushions. Adding a splash of extra colour and comfort to your garden, they are perfect for patio furniture, conservatories and even for use as scatter cushions. They can transform an area instantly!
Why not try something a little different? Set up a hammock in the garden, complete with a hammock pillow for extra comfort.
A rug can be a very versatile garden accessory; providing somewhere to sit and eat a picnic, a place to sunbathe, a base for your garden furniture, or a soft spot where the kids can play.
If there are several friends and family coming over for a picnic, try an extra-large blanket instead. Today’s modern blankets are soft, comfy and waterproof. You can even fix them to the ground using pegs for extra stability.
Never forget the value of chairs in creating a modern garden. While they have always been a popular outdoor accessory, for obvious reasons, there are so many different styles today – you can create a whole new look with ease!
Even the rocking chair has been given a new slant for 2022. The original has been transformed into a modern, modular frame, covered in a water-repellent material that can be used indoors or out. Galvanised and powder coated frames won’t fall victim to the weather.
Very popular in the modern garden, firepits will surely keep you warm on cooler evenings and also create a great focal point.
Part and parcel of the summer evening garden gathering, a firepit is compulsory, right? Try the latest Fire Globe model. With a hemispherical shape to protect the fire from the wind, a powder-coated aluminium frame sets off the golden flames to create the perfect ambience.
What colours are popular?
There are no set rules on what colours you can use in the garden, but you can follow a few simple guidelines. For example, if you wish to warm up an area, plant red and orange flowers and other blooms with fiery hues. Popular choices at the moment include poppies, sunflowers, red roses, nasturtiums, red hibiscus and marigolds.
Add a splash of tranquil blue to your garden for a calming effect, or create a retro vibe with blue, pink and mustard shades, including cushions and throws on your outdoor furniture. There are no limits to what you can achieve with a carefully planned colour scheme that includes flowers, as well as furniture and other accessories.
Remember, your garden is an extension of your home and should afford the same comfort and pleasure as sitting indoors. Now, it’s time to get outside and create something wonderful, folks!