8 summer garden ideas to reinvent your outside space

26 July 2017
Summer is around the corner and we all know what that means – lazy afternoons sitting in the sun, BBQs, playing outside with the kids… But all of this can become a bit difficult if your garden is a mess! Take a look at our top eight summer garden ideas, from a vegetable garden to a hot tub, to make your outside space the sanctuary you need this season. 

1. Get planting

Let’s start with the basics! What better way to liven up your garden for summer by introducing some colour with a lovely flower garden? 

Geraniums, begonias, petunias and busy lilies are all great options for some summer planting. You could also consider starting up a vegetable patch while the sun is out; green beans, cherry tomatoes and courgettes are all good options if you’d rather plant some food than some decoration. 


2. Get a BBQ

The king of summer garden ideas. Nothing quite says, “it’s summer” like inviting your friends over for a barbeque. But to do this, you first have to own one (obviously). 

Of course, barbeques can range from an empty plant pot with some charcoal in it, to huge gas-powered machines. If you want to cook up an impressive feast you should visit a specialist garden shop, that’ll be able to supply you with everything you could possibly need, barbeque wise. Whether lawn or decking, ribs or bean burgers, you’ll definitely need a barbeque in your garden this summer. 

3. Keep the kids entertained


Everyone wants their kids to truly experience summer away from their computer or phone screens, to help with this, make your garden a fun place for them to hang out

A playhouse will surely keep them entertained for hours! What’s more, if you pick a funky one, like this Wigwam Wooden Playhouse  it will brighten up your garden too

4. Go full luxury with a hot tub

What better way to celebrate a warm summer’s day, or evening, than relaxing with your family or friends in a luxurious hot tub? Think this is one of the best summer garden ideas you’ve ever heard? Us too.

A bonus is that a hot tub would be great in winter too…

5. Add a bar

Most adults dream of having their own private bar. Fancy a drink to go with your barbeque? Why not have it in style from your very own garden bar. They are perfect for entertaining guests or simply unwinding in the summer evenings. Added bonus – your own bar won’t close until you want it to!


6. Light it up

Install some lights ¬to make the most of your garden and you’ll be able to use your outdoor space late into the evenings!

LED Hut has some great ideas on how to light your garden this summer. They suggest using lanterns, for a cheap and practical light source. Or you can stay green and get some solar powered lights – they’ll charge during the day and shine at night.

You can use Christmas lights too! Instead of letting them gather dust, wrap them around plants and trees for stylish and affordable garden lighting.

7. Put up some garden art


Who said that art was just for galleries? Megan Paynter of White Stores notes that garden art is a great way to liven up your outside space. Whether you choose a metal wall depicting some stunning flowers or a garden ornament, you can have a lot of fun transforming your garden.

8. Go vertical

The last of our summer garden ideas, vertical gardening. Vertical gardening is a great way of making your garden prettier, without taking up any extra space.

Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres says: “Vertical gardening is going to be a huge trend, and it’s a great, practical idea if you’re looking to liven up your garden but don’t want to sacrifice any of the space you have.

"You can create an attractive and low-maintenance vertical garden using climbing plants such as Virginia creeper or ivy. If you would like to be more creative, you can hang small pots or specially made containers from a wall or fence and fill them with plants of your choice. Succulents are particularly good for this, as they’re easy to look after and grow quite slowly.

The likes of ferns, camellias and Alchemilla are also well-suited to being planted in vertical gardens, as they’re low-maintenance and don’t require much sunlight to thrive.”

Whichever of these summer garden ideas you go with, we’re sure you’ll have a blast spending time outdoors!

And remember, if you need some storage for your garden furniture when winter rolls round, we’d be happy to help! We’ll keep your barbeque, or anything else really, safe until you need it again. Get in touch with our staff today for a personalised quote!