AS the weather gets better and we head into summer, why not give your garden a glow up?
Here, Becky Pemberton reveals ten top stylish items to transform your backyard.Enjoy a film outdoors or a stone-baked pizza with ten top stylish items to transform your backyard[/caption]
1. TOP OF POTS
If your potted plants look tired, update them with some trendy new planters.
This is an inexpensive way to give plants a facelift while creating a new vibe for your outdoor space.
Choose some complementary colours that will work with your existing outdoor furniture.
Buy this set of three stylish mint planters, £35, made.com.
2. TEAK IT NICE ’N’ EASY
A staple in any zen garden, teak furniture is a solid choice when reimagining your outdoor space.
You will often find this look in serene Japanese gardens.
“Japandi” — fusing Scandi-navian functionality with Japanese minimalism — is a big interior trend.
So why not bring it outdoors? Check out this Jack and Jill love seat, £149, Amazon.
3. GET COSY
Cocoon yourself in a hanging egg chair.
A great place to unwind with a book and a tipple, it gives you full-body support as you take the weight off your feet.
Google searches for egg chairs have soared by 234 per cent in the past year, according to online furniture retailer made.com. Fans include TV host Stacey Solomon.
Get this rattan-effect hanging egg chair, £250, argos.co.uk.
4. SHADE IT
A wooden pergola is a stylish way to provide some shade and keep cool.
Inspired by Mediterr-anean designs, it can be placed on a terrace or any paved area to break up your garden, and is a friend to shade-loving plants.
Searches have jumped by 124 per cent in a year.
Get a wooden pergola kit for £430 at etsy.co.uk.
5. FIRE POWER
Our summers are unpredictable weather-wise and even when it is warm the temperature can drop sharply in the evening.
Chimineas are small Mexican-style ovens that provide heat and light, helping create the perfect ambience as the sun sets.
Try the La Hacienda Arlington clay chiminea, £33, diy.com.
6. RIGHT RUG
There are two types of people: those who watched Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey and immediately wanted an outdoor rug and those who didn’t watch it.
Rugs are a luxe addition to patios and balconies.
Searches are up an amazing 326 per cent.
Check out this stylish, colourful bargain, £29.95, benuta.co.uk.
7. PIZZA ACTION
The pandemic has made chefs of us all and while stone-baked pizza is unlikely to overtake the barbecue as our go-to al fresco option, we’ll definitely be expanding our menus.
Searches for outdoor pizza ovens are up 243 per cent.
They’re an ideal centrepiece for a garden party.
Try Ooni’s Fyra 12 wood-pellet pizza oven, £249, ooni.com.
We have been deprived of pubs for most of the past year, but you can recreate your very own bar in your back garden — with no pesky last orders to worry about.
Searches for garden bars have risen by 122 per cent.
This adorable bar is just £239, eBay.
9. ON THE BUCKET LIST
Deft touches can create an intimate space that will be the envy of your friends.
Paint an old bookcase with a weatherproofing sealant, then hang a string of lightbulbs to add romance.
Or pick up a vintage watering can from eBay.
Keep it simple with this three-pack of citronella bucket candles, £6, wilko.com.
10. MOVIE NIGHT
Create your own backyard cinema for those warm summer nights with the family.
Searches for garden projectors have shot up by 400 per cent in the last year.
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The only thing you have to worry about is what to watch — and who’s making the popcorn.
Kit out your garden with ELEPHAS 2020 Wifi Mini Projector with Synchronize, £89.99, Amazon.