With summer here, now’s the time to start relaxing outdoors and soak up those bright evenings. Let your garden be your dream destination this summer by following our top tips on how you can easily and instantly transform your outdoor space.
1. Hanging Baskets & Window Boxes
Add instant life back into your garden with some window boxes and hanging baskets. These are the perfect addition to any space that is crying out for colour. There’s an endless amount of plants that are suitable for window boxes, especially in the summer months. Some factors to influence your decision should be whether your window boxes will be sheltered and in the shade, or exposed and in the sun. Plants for your window box should be chosen according to whether or not they will thrive in the environment they will be planted in. A nice idea is to use strongly scented plants near windows that will be often left open to spread a pleasant smell around your home.
The impact a good hanging basket can have in a garden is not to be underestimated. You can put anything you want in a hanging basket! Obviously, there are a few rules you can follow such as having taller plants in the centre of your basket with trailing plants to the side. But really after this, your only limitation is your imagination. Traditionally people love to use petunias and trailing geraniums because they give such a great display of flowers and colours. Fuchsia plants are a popular choice too either mixed in with other plants or by themselves. Both small fuchsia plants and larger specimen plants can add great interest to a hanging basket. Similarly, begonias can look beautiful when you let them spill over the basket in a large cascade of flowers.
Gardman Classic Hanging Basket 35cm 14″
Madagascar Window Box 60cm
2. See Your Garden in a New Light With Our Range of Solar Lights & Fire Features
Transform your outdoor living space and brighten up the night with our great selection of outdoor solar lights. Choose from string lights, lanterns, stake lights or bollards – there’s something to suit all garden settings! Outdoor entertainment doesn’t have to end at sunset – keep the party going long into the evening with our great outdoor lighting options!
Solar Cygnus Warm White 4 Pack 5L
Solar Mira Stainless Steel 5 Pack 3L
Another great way to illuminate your garden is with the natural flame from a stylish fire feature or the glow from an outdoor heater. Keep yourself warm when the sun goes down with our selection of fire pits, baskets, and heaters to help keep your garden bright and cosy during these long summer nights.
3. Bamboo Trees
Create your own garden oasis with some bamboo trees. These are great for screening off areas and will bring a touch of overseas to your garden. These fast-growing, easy to maintain, and versatile trees are an essential in creating a Zen back yard paradise and are available in your local CountryLife Garden Centre now.
4. Unwind In Style
Transform your outdoor living space with our wide range of stylish furniture sets. From large Cast Aluminium and Rattan sets, to wooden furniture pieces, we have everything you need for relaxing in the garden this summer – all at great prices!
Outdoor dining doesn’t get much better than this! Our stunning cast aluminium furniture sets are perfect for entertaining during the summer months. These sets are strong and sturdy and can be left outdoors all year round without rusting. There is very little maintenance involved, simply store away the parasol and cushions and use a furniture cover to protect the table and chairs during the winter months.
Relax in style with CountryLife’s luxurious Rattan Furniture sets. Designed with both comfort and style in mind, these sets are perfect for unwinding and enjoying the summer sun. Rattan furniture is extremely strong and durable and is a great low-maintenance option. We stock a variety of round, rectangular, and corner sets, suitable for up to 8 people.
Comfort is key when it comes to unwinding in the garden and we have some great seating options to choose from. Sit back and relax in style with any of CountryLife’s chairs, benches, or arbours. Our London Hanging Wicker Egg Chair is really popular this year – and we are offering free delivery on the egg chair while stocks last!
5. Create Your Very Own Bee Haven
Attracting bees to the garden is extremely beneficial to the pollination of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Whether you’ve got acres of garden, substantial lawns or are a container gardener, there’s something we can all do to help the ever declining numbers of bees and other under pressure pollinators do their work. You don’t have to have acres to play your part. Here are some top products to build your very own bee haven and get your garden buzzing with freshness!
Natures Haven Easy Wildflower Mix 4kg
Natures Haven Easy Wildflowers help to attract bees and butterflies as well as other beneficial insects into your garden with a beautiful display of country wildflowers. A perfect blend of wildflower seeds and granular compost to bring both colour and wildlife to your garden. To use, simply scatter around your garden and achieve a stunning floral display.
Gardman Bee and Bug House
This Bee and Bug House gives insects a home and safe place to stay and is specifically useful during the winter months. This house is hand crafted from FSC certified timber and the top chamber is filled with pine cones to provide shelter to bugs and other insects. The middle chamber provides a haven for a variety of insects such as ladybirds while the bottom 2 chambers encourage solitary bees to nest in the tubes.