The sun’s out, the skies are spotless (for now!), and the kids are running amok chasing birds, butterflies and cowboys… our gardens are our personal playgrounds, and this time of year is magic for frolicking in green-fingered bliss without a care in the world. You may, however, want to spruce up your garden to match the vibrancy of the season, and we’re bursting to tell you how to bring a proper, summertime makeover to your outdoor space.
Without further delay, let’s delve into our top 10 essential purchases that’ll get your design ambitions in bloom:
1. Fab Hab Tangier Outdoor Rug
Nothing beats lounging around in the heat when the sun comes out to play; an outdoor rug by Fab Hab will be the centre stage for hours of topping up your tan, enjoying a good read or making daisy chains with the kids. Give your garden a splash of colour with the Tangier Outdoor Rug, in an eye-catching carrot and white design that will contrast perfectly with your luscious green lawn (or cover the odd sparse patch!).
2. Norfolk Leisure Parasol
Despite our love for a scorching afternoon, you should always have somewhere safe from the sun’s rays without having to venture indoors. Dozing off with a good book in your hand has never seemed more attractive when you take a gander at Norfolk Leisure’s selection of parasols: we’re enamoured with the Geisha design.
They’re built with durable, fibreglass stands, guaranteeing protection against the weakening tendency of prolonged heat exposure. You can lounge under them as much as you want – knowing they’ll stay a fixture of your garden for years to come – and pack them away easily with the aid of a crank handle.
3. Dash and Albert Diamond Rug
When the heavens open, bring outdoor living inside with a rug that looks just as good in your lounge as your garden. The Dash & Albert Indoor Outdoor Rug in platinum is a contemporary rug with subtle style, featuring diamond detailing and reversible sides to maximise its utility for your home and outdoor space.
4. The Garden Igloo
Well now, here’s a thing! Want to appreciate your garden whatever the weather? Look no further than our magnificent Garden Igloo, a dome that allows you to soak up the great outdoors from a glorious 360 degrees. With a transparent PVC cover, you can embrace the summer come rain or shine as you relax and entertain in style.
5. Orla Kiely Herb Pots
Before you can sit back and admire your garden, there’s a wee bit of work to be done! Flowers are one way to add colour to your garden, but the pots can be just as impressive as the plants that call them home.
Herbs are both beautiful and practical for keen gardeners and cooks, with low maintenance and maximum flavour when you get your chef’s hat on! Check out Orla Kiely’s retro set of three herb pots, perfect for drawing the eye to your budding herb garden.
6. Hanging Basket Bracket in Hedgehog Design
Give your garden height and texture to make the most of your outdoor space, with hanging baskets that bring bland walls to life in an instant. Hanging brackets allow you to get creative with your exterior design. Here The Profiles Range comes into its own, with a Hanging Basket Bracket in Hedgehog Design that’s bound to bring wildlife running from the far corners of Weepawoo into the heart of your garden.
7. Hanging Cocoon
Why should all your plants have all the fun hanging around in your flower beds? If you want to get into the swing of summer, look no further than Cacoon’s Single Hanging Cacoon.
Available in a variety of bright and vibrant colours, we love the colourful tones of the turquoise design. This robust swinger is mould, UV and water-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about taking it down when the rain’s a-pouring.
8. Verdi Wooden Outdoor Dining Set
Watch the day fade as you tuck into homemade treats galore, by kitting out your decking or patio with a dining set that will make al fresco entertaining a highlight of your summer. Here, Norfolk Leisure comes up trumps again, with their contemporary Verdi Wooden Dining Set. Made from eucalyptus, with comfy cushions for each of the four chairs, it’s a fabulous setting for family BBQs.
9. Lotus BBQ Grill
Did somebody say BBQ? We heard you loud and clear… when the sizzle of sausages is in the air, jump on the bandwagon with minimum fuss. The Lotus Grill BBQ is a battery-powered, smoke-free grill for summer feasts, ready to get cooking in less than five minutes. We’re head over heels in love with the plum version, although there’s a rainbow of colours to choose from!
10. Gacoli Docklight LED Solar Light
As the sun sets over your summer sojourns, stretch the activities out into the twilight hours with lighting that sets the scene for intimate outdoor fun. You don’t need wires winding around the garden to put a spotlight on your BBQ or garden igloo – our LED solar lamps are a clever solution for summer evenings.
The Docklight LED Solar Garden Lamp by Gacoli looks smart enough to sit in your lounge (which, of course, it can!), but with no wires and remote controlled power, it’s a nifty addition to your patio or dining set. Simply leave it under the sun and watch it come to life when the night falls. Voila, let there be light!
Fitting your garden out with all sorts of furniture, flowers and soft furnishings can be a difficult task unless you have a little help from our garden elves, that is! These are just a few of our favourite summer must-haves, but there’s so much on the market dedicated to inspiring your creative impulses.
To see how Cuckooland can make your days even brighter, browse the rest of our gardening and country items. Your garden’s reputation will grow in no time at all – don’t thank us, just invite us over!