Written by Charlotte Luxford

7 garden updates to improve your outdoor space

Our gardens will be seeing a lot of action this summer after a lengthy spell being stuck indoors. From long-awaited celebrations to much anticipated reunions, our gardens have been home to it all. So, why not give your garden an extra-special makeover this year to make sure its looking its best for those occasions? Make sure yours is ready for non-stop get-togethers with our essential guide to garden updates, wise buys and top styling tips…

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Gather in the garden

Enjoy long-overdue catch ups and make the most of the long summer nights with a fire pit that’ll keep everyone nice and cosy into the early hours. Top tip: add a bunch of herbs to the fire such as lavender, mint and sage that’ll not only smell nice, but will keep pesky mosquitos at bay too.

Outdoor open firepit on balcony with wooden chair nearby, goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Dobbies

Browse Dobbies range of firepits here

Transform the shed

Turn your tired-looking shed into a feature rather than an eyesore with a bright lick of paint. Add a trellis or garden wire for climbing plants such as rambling roses, sweetpea or even beans to creep up the outside once you’re done, and finish it off with a string of solar-powered bulbs.

This stylish shed is painted in Osmo natural oil paint from the Country Colour selection in shade Labrador Blue for just £24.44 for 0.75L.

Blue and white large outdoor shed in garden, goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Osmo

Update your shed with stunning oil paint options at Osmo

Grow your own

Create your own mini allotment plot with a raised planter – it’s the perfect way to get the kids growing their own fruit and veg, or for those with compact gardens. Order your stackable small raised bed kit in pine for just £12. Additionally, a tunnel cover will help keep pests off your patch in mesh for £23.

Outdoor planter with net covering, goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: B&Q

Order the planting kit now from B&Q

Upgrade your garden suite

Give your garden a slick update with a modern sofa set that’s great for large gatherings. An L-shaped design is not only more inclusive, but it’s a good way to zone off a dedicated seating area in your garden. A central coffee table and two built-in side tables at either end are perfect for perching drinks and nibbles on.

We love this Amberley sofa set in teak and powder-coated steel in black. It costs from £2,300 but is definitely an investment buy for your garden, order yours from Garden Trading at Sofa.com

Corner sofa in back garden surrounded by foilage and fencing, goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Sofa.com

Order this garden corner sofa online now

Work al fresco

Take advantage of the good weather and move your WFH setup outdoors for a change of scene. This smart table is perfect for petite patios, with folding chairs that can be neatly stashed away underneath the drop-leaf design when not in use. The handy trough provides space for office essentials, herbs, or even ice for that after-work tipple…

Outdoor desk and chair for working al fresco in shades of blue, goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Habitat

Cover up

Opt for a stylish modern screen with a built-in planter to hide an unsightly wall, fence or provide much-needed privacy. Take a look at contemporary metal designs over the usual timber trellis styles for a fresh take and a long-lasting finish that won’t age and weather over time.

Order your Moucharibiya planter in Corten steel for £280 from Screens with Envy. If another shade is preferable for your garden, its also available in cream. dove grey and black.

Screen with circular mandala panterns and planter at bottom on white background, goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Screens with Envy

Create segmented space in your garden with this planter screen from ScreenswithEnvy

Add a living wall

Living walls are a great idea for urban gardens where there’s not much room for greenery elsewhere or spaces where plants don’t naturally grow. If you’re not especially green-fingered, Vistafolia offers realistic living walls packed with 72 faux plants per panel for a stylish maintenance-free alternative.

This faux living wall panel system from Vistafolia is a great spot if you’d prefer a living wall that looks stylish, but is relatively low maintenance. It costs from £288 for an 80cm x 80cm panel and should last you through many years of stylish garden entertaining!

Living garden wall with sofa and seating area, goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Vistafolia

Order your living wall online now

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