Sit back and relax by Catherine the Garden Lady
Summer gardening in June is bound to raise the spirits with its colourful flowers, intoxicating scents, soft warm grass and lovely sunny weather. There is certainly a lot to do in the garden at this time of year but besides all the weeding, grass cutting and watering, we should not forget to enjoy our garden, so step back, take some time out and create an outdoor space to relax in.
Whether all by yourself or with family and friends, there is no better place to sit and reflect upon your day on these long warm summer evenings than in your garden. The patio area should be an extension of the house. It is not only a great place to relax, read a book or take in the garden but also perfect for eating and entertaining.
Pave the Way
Pave the way and create a stunning space as patios don’t have to be square and standard grey like they used to be. There are lots of stylish slabs out there and tricks to enhance your outdoor space. Patios also do not have to be right outside your back door.
Choose a spot that can offer some shade, sun and shelter. The days of plastic tables and chairs are long gone, so why not try an outdoor sofa in a hard-wearing rattan finish or reuse any old pallets you have and make the furniture yourself. Adding fragrance to the patio can be a real treat.
Plant honeysuckle, jasmine or a climbing rose against a trellis in a large container or add a raised brick bed and plant night scented stocks which come to life after dark.
Look at lighting which allows busy gardeners to appreciate the garden after dark.
Maybe make a candle-lit den as a tranquil hideaway on a nice summer evening. Barbecues should be quick and easy to set up so you can take advantage of fine evenings on the spur of the moment. Remember to keep some sand near the barbecue to sprinkle on fat spillages.
However you decide to design and use your outdoor space, I hope you take full advantage of it during the summer months!