With the summer months fast approaching, we’ve rounded up some fresh landscape design ideas to ensure your garden is in its best shape in the build up to those long-awaited sunny days. Have your garden ready for hosting family barbecues, summer birthday parties for the kids and last minute get-togethers with local neighbours. It should also be a personal haven, and a relaxed space for you to catch some rays, and settle down with a good book over a crisp glass of your favourite summer wine.
1. Summer colours
There’s nothing quite as effective as adding rich colour palettes to enhance the summery feel of your garden. Planting flowers of different colours and varieties in your garden will add bursts of personality and creative flavour. You can choose from a wide variety of flowers such as marigolds, zinnias, petunias, and snapdragons. You can also implement bright colour concepts into your garden furniture range, as well as painting walls and decking to really bring warmth to your garden’s general aesthetic.
2. Keep it cool with a water feature
Adding a water feature such as a small pond or a fountain can make your garden feel more tranquil and serene, which is especially important in the heat of summer. The sound of running water can also be very soothing, and there are thousands of stunning water features out there that will give a sophisticated look to your outdoor space.
3. Add a mediterranean veg patch
Think Italian countryside with this garden landscaping tip..Summer is a great time to grow your own vegetables and get creative with your choice of fresh ingredients. You can plant tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and many other types of vegetables that will thrive in the warm weather and make for the perfect summer salad to proudly serve up at your annual barbecue.
4. Shade from the summer sun
In the current climate, Summer can get extremely hot, so it’s important to have some sufficient shade in your garden. You can add a pergola, a canopy, or plant some trees to provide some relief from the sun, which will be the ideal spot to kick back and relax with some summer refreshments.
5. A summer seating plan
A seating area in your garden is the most important feature when it comes to preparing to enjoy the outdoors in the summer months. You can set up a cafe style dining area or an upcycled bench, painted all your favourite colours. You can even build a tiered system where you can set up your summer seating plan, ensuring it’s the ideal place to enjoy the view of your new garden!
6. Lighting concepts for summer nights
Summer nights are the perfect time to host guests in your newly imagined garden. Adding decorative lighting to your garden is the key to creating a magical atmosphere at night, where you can relax in the cool breeze after a day of scorching weather. You can use string lights, lanterns, or candles to create a warm and inviting ambiance, as well as solar lighting which is an ideal way to keep things sustainable.
7. Artistic elements
You can add some art to your garden by installing sculptures or other decorative items. This can add a touch of creativity and personality to your outdoor space which will create for a more fascinating dimension that will get all your guests talking. Whatever art you choose, it should reflect your personality and enhance the unique features of your garden.
8. Incorporate a european-theme
If you want to create a cohesive look, you can incorporate a theme into your garden. For example, you can create a beach-themed garden with seashells, sand, and ocean-themed wall hangings, or keep things more classic with a rustic mediterranean theme that will have your garden looking like your favourite holiday destination, all year round. From the decor you choose, to the different areas you incorporate into the wider landscaping plan, all can accumulate to create an authentic aesthetic for your outdoor space that’s the perfect spot to enjoy all summer-long.
With careful planning and attention to detail early in the year, a summer garden can be a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space that can be enjoyed all season long. Browse our inspired portfolio of summer-ready gardens, and talk to one of our leading landscapers that bring years of experience, and a fresh creative outlook to help your garden flourish this summer.