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19 things you need for the best garden ever

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The sun's out, which means you need to be out in your garden, making the most of it. But if you haven't taken the time to invest in a few outdoor must-haves, it might not be working to its full potential! We don't want you to get bogged down trying to figure out which items professional gardeners would tell you to absolutely include and which you can afford to ignore, so we've created this handy guide of the ultimate 19 garden additions which will increase your summer enjoyment no end. Come and take a look and see how many you are yet to buy!

1. A parasol will offer you shade and rain protection. Two bonuses for the price of one!

Solero Basto commercial parasol 5x5m: modern  by Solero, Modern Aluminium/Zinc

Solero Basto commercial parasol 5x5m


2. A solar powered water fountain will transform anything into a great display.

3. Citronella candles are a must for pest-free alfresco dining.

4. Somewhere for the BBQ beers, like a trendy vintage cool box, filled with ice.

Vintage Coca Cola Cool-Box: eclectic  by Vintage Archive, Eclectic
Vintage Archive

Vintage Coca Cola Cool-Box

Vintage Archive

5. A paddling pool, to keep the kids and dogs cool in the heat!

6. Solar lighting, to keep your pathways usable at night, not to mention pretty!

7. Extra lighting to make everywhere look magical! Get outdoor, waterproof fairy lights for a very pretty look!

Pink Colour Pop String Lights: eclectic  by rigby & mac, Eclectic
rigby & mac

Pink Colour Pop String Lights

rigby & mac

8. Some top notch furniture, for comfortable sunning and enjoyable get togethers.

9. Extra folding furniture for when unexpected guests arrive… which they always do!

Regatta Deckchair: minimalist  by Hen and Hammock, Minimalist
Hen and Hammock

Regatta Deckchair

Hen and Hammock

10. How about a hammock? Just don't blame us when everybody wants their own!

Double Rainbow Hammock: mediterranean  by Hen and Hammock, Mediterranean
Hen and Hammock

Double Rainbow Hammock

Hen and Hammock

11. A bird bath will draw plenty of feathered friends into your space. What a treat!

Floriana Bird Bath Solar Powered Water Feature: rustic  by Primrose, Rustic

Floriana Bird Bath Solar Powered Water Feature


12. How about some unusual furniture that adds in an accent colour too?

Petal Hanging Chair: modern  by carlaustinfurniture, Modern

Petal Hanging Chair


13. Living walls make for a completed garden look instantly and need little care!

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall by Biotecture

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall


14. A selection of board and lawn games, tucked away in the shed. We've always wanted an oversized chess set!

Bespoke Mediterranean Backgammon: modern  by Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd, Modern
Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd

Bespoke Mediterranean Backgammon

Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd

15. A patio that feels smooth underfoot and offers a solid basis for a table is a real garden bonus!

Family Garden After by Sylvan Studio
Sylvan Studio

Family Garden After

Sylvan Studio

16. A picnic set within easy reach! Perfect for romantic lunches, but don't get an itchy rug!

17. A host of waterproof cushions, for comfort and style. Oversized varieties are ideal in lieu of extra seating.

18. A handy garden store to stash all your accessories away is a must. make it lockable so nobody pinches your footballs!

Garden storage Modern garden by wayne maxwell Modern
wayne maxwell

Garden storage

wayne maxwell

19. Pretty planters, filled with edible treats are a wonderful idea. What could be nicer than strawberries at arm's reach?

For more summer garden tips, take a look at this Ideabook: How to prepare your garden for summer.

How many of these items do you need to run out and buy?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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