Our gardens, however big or small, are a patch of the outdoors that we can call our own. This luxury means that many of us take pride in this outdoor space that can make them as much a part of the house as our living or dining areas. As well as landscaping and growing plants with gardening products, we love to furnish our gardens with garden products such as patio furniture, BBQs, garden sculptures, lawn edging and weatherproof upholstery and cushions. For private use or for entertaining, with the right lighting, furniture, decor and outdoor products your garden can be the perfect retreat from the rest of the world – provided the weather holds out, that is.
Here are some ideas for creating an outdoor space, that's both decorative and recreational, with some great garden products:
Create your own outdoor living and dining room with garden furniture
We can bring the comfort of our own living rooms outdoors by furnishing the garden with a comfortable, quality patio furniture set. Garden products such as weatherproof sofas, chairs, benches and loungers upholstered in outdoor fabric offer an abundance of seating, while side tables and coffee tables give you plenty of space for cups and plates. A patio table and chairs are essential outdoor products for al fresco dining; for extra shade and style, why not situate your dining area under a gazebo? Outdoor lighting is essential for ensuring you can enjoy use of your garden from day to night – wall lights and lamps will keep your garden well-lit and safe. To mimic the indoor ambience further, consider lanterns or fire pits
; garden products that will make the outdoor space seem even cosier.
Ensure you have plenty of garden storage
As you start using your garden more, there will naturally be more furniture, gardening products and garden accessories that require storage, including gardening tools, seasonal cushions and BBQ equipment. A shed is one of the most useful additions to a garden for housing all your outdoor products, accessories and equipment. If a shed or summerhouse isn’t an option, a storage bench or box can be used to store smaller items.
Bring style and personality to your garden with garden accessories
As much effort as you've put into your flower beds with your gardening products, it's also nice to bring some texture and variation to your garden with thoughtfully-chosen accessories and garden products that reflect your style. Fountains can make stunning focal points and bring atmosphere to the garden with the soothing sound of running water. Garden statues and sculptures can add an artistic element to the outdoors, while birdhouses and bird feeders help to support the local wildlife and bring extra life to a garden. A hammock or bench can allow you to appreciate the view and soak in the atmosphere of your well-designed garden.
Impress with a hot tub, BBQ or swing set
If you’re looking for a wow factor, you could go even bigger than garden or outdoor products like patio furniture. A hot tub is the perfect way to unwind after a long, hard day but these should come with a warning: they tend to make you the envy of your friends and neighbourhood. A purpose-built BBQ area (with shade, for added versatility) is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that will make your garden the perfect space for gathering and entertaining. And let's not forget the kids! Keep the smaller ones happy (and occupied) with a swing set or playhouse while the grown-ups enjoy their al fresco time.
Whether you want gardening products to get a bit green-fingered, some garden furniture to make your garden feel like home, some outdoor lighting, BBQs, fire pits or more garden accessories, you can find everything in our Garden Products section on Houzz.