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Hot Summer Garden Trends To Embrace Now

Hot Summer Garden Trends To Embrace Now

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The sun is shining, and what better way to spend a weekend than lazing in the garden? If your outside space is in need of some TLC or you’re looking for new looks to try, look no further. Here are some of the hottest garden trends for summer 2016.

Colour

Summer is all about colour. We’re talking overflowing planters and beds bursting with multicoloured blooms. Swap natural wood for bolder shades, or create a children’s garden with an old-fashioned candy-striped beach hut. If you have a rustic garden, why not create a wildflower field? If you have a contemporary space, paint benches, fencing and sheds charcoal grey or navy for a more subtle take on the trend. Add vivid splashes with plant pots, table lanterns and outdoor floor cushions.

Versatility

Do you miss your garden in the colder months? If the weather is unpredictable, this can hamper your enjoyment of your outdoor areas. That is unless you create a versatile space. Use patio heaters or a fire pit to add warmth on chilly days. Add throws and blankets to make covered cosy spaces to cuddle up and get comfy. When the sun is shining, take the covers off your wicker sofa set and dust down your bean bags. Dot some parasols around to give you shade during the midday sun.

A touch of grandeur

If you enjoy the finer things in life, you’ll pleased to hear that garden grandeur is back. Think intricate hedge detailing and ornate decorations. Keep your lawns and beds beautifully manicured. Search online or check out antique stalls to look for impressive teak furniture, statues and water features. Capture the romance of French chateau gardens. Or use classical Italian architecture as your source of inspiration.

Low-maintenance yards

If you’re limited when it comes to space or time, low-maintenance designs are ideal. Swap a traditional turf lawn for gravel or fine pebbles. Use olive trees and pot plants to bring the space to life. Maximise light and create a focal point with a wall of glass bricks or a stylish mini waterfall.

A space to entertain

As the summer approaches, many of us want to spend as long as possible outdoors. The arrival of warmer days and hazy evenings is a perfect excuse to get friends and family around. You can transform an uninspiring decking area into a chic entertaining space in no time. Search online or visit garden showrooms to find the perfect outdoor furniture set. Rattan is popular for modern gardens while wood is a perennial favourite for more traditional spaces. Once you’ve got your table and chairs, add some cushions and candles to make your garden look more welcoming. Add a teardrop chair, bean bags or a swinging love seat to create more seating space. Link up your sound system and invest in some uplighters. Leave space for your barbeque, and you’re all set!

Whatever your tastes and style, there are trends out there to suit everyone. With the new season fast approaching, now is the time to look for inspiration and ideas. You’ll be enjoying an unforgettable summer in your stunning new garden before you know it.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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