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15 garden solutions for unpredictable British weather

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Come rain, shine or even the odd unexpected snow flurry, British gardens have a responsibility to offer everything we need. Well, that's how we see it anyway!

Seriously though, our outdoor spaces have a lot to contend with here in the UK, so when it comes to designing weatherproof gardens, landscaping teams often have a real task on their hands. We've found some great gardens that make summer-long enjoyment of your space seem a whole lot more achievable.

Let's take a look at what everyone else is doing!

1. Awnings are the ultimate in secret weatherproofing. There when you need them and gone when you don't!

Awnings from Appeal:  Garden  by Appeal Home Shading
Appeal Home Shading

Awnings from Appeal

Appeal Home Shading

2. A fire pit will make sure any unanticipated cold snaps are no problem

3. You can make a perfect sun shade for those extra hot days from stretched canvas

Garden furniture:  Garden  by Lothian Design

4. When the weather won't give you any clues at all, a summer house offers a safe haven country Garden by Garden Affairs Ltd
Garden Affairs Ltd

Garden Affairs Ltd

5. Simple and elegant, this terrace cover will keep you and your guests dry throughout an al fresco dinner party

6. A gazebo covered seating area looks good and has ideal rain cover for the UK

RHS Cardiff 2015: modern Garden by Best4hedging

7. Whether you're contending with rain, wind or bright sunshine, the electric blinds in this pagoda will shut out everything you don't want

modern Garden by homify

8. For cooler days, what about a little retreat, like this cabin complete with woodburner?

10m² Barbecue Cabin in a Derbyshire garden. : scandinavian Garden by Arctic Cabins
Arctic Cabins

10m² Barbecue Cabin in a Derbyshire garden.

Arctic Cabins

9. Though simple, this garden has everything you need. A pizza oven for warmth and entertaining and a summer house for shade or rain cover!

10. When the weather's on your side, sun loungers beckon you over, but for rainy days, simply dash inside this cute garden room

Summer house and Zen garden: modern Garden by Martin Hall Design
Martin Hall Design

Summer house and Zen garden

Martin Hall Design

11. Simple and timeless, this black pagoda offers just enough of a barrier against inclement weather, whilst remaining tucked away

12. Wood-fired ovens don't just have to be for cooking! If the evening suddenly gets chilly, fire it up and it's better than a patio heater

Garden wood-fired oven: rustic Garden by wood-fired oven
wood-fired oven

Garden wood-fired oven

wood-fired oven

13. This garden won't suffer from turbulent winds as the fencing is wonderfully high. Add a parasol and you're covered for every eventuality

14. The smallest of garden covers can be a godsend in the UK! This pretty corner terrace is just the ticket for still enjoying the great outdoors, even if it rains

15. When all else fails, listen to your inner child and build a treehouse to escape to

Fore more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 Mouth-Watering Modern British Garden Ideas.

Do you feel better prepared to enjoy your garden?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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