British summer garden ideas with extended appearance

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We know what you're thinking: that British summer is an oxymoron, but we have faith that the sunshine will eventually make an extended appearance. And when it does, we want to have our gardens ready for it. Why toil in the sun when you can be relaxing in it?

Take a look at what we think makes the perfect summer garden and see how many of these you already have. You obviously don't need them all but the more the better, we say. Plus, you shouldn't even need to call in a gardener or landscape architect, which is is a bonus!

1. Make sure you have plenty of shade just in case summer really does hit

2. Add a firepit so you can party long into the cooler evening hours

3. Have a food preparation and cooking area set up. Wood-fired pizza ovens are always a hit!

patio with raised sitting area and suspended brick barbecue :  Garden by Progressive Design London
Progressive Design London

patio with raised sitting area and suspended brick barbecue

Progressive Design London

4. Add a cute little bistro dining set for sunny breakfasts out on the patio

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London :  Garden by Cue & Co of London
Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

5. Get your plants sorted so you're surrounded by gorgeous blooms

6. Think about starting a small veggie patch so you can reach over and grab fresh salad ingredients

Featherbrook House:  Garden by PKA Architects Ltd
PKA Architects Ltd

Featherbrook House

PKA Architects Ltd

7. Protect your privacy whilst sunbathing on the lawn with some stylish fencing

Reflected Glory - Holland Park Renovation:  Garden by Tyler Mandic Ltd
Tyler Mandic Ltd

Reflected Glory—Holland Park Renovation

Tyler Mandic Ltd

8. Decking makes for an easy and quick to install terrace and looks great!

Atmospheric Garden, nestled in the Sussex Downs:  Garden by Borrowed Space
Borrowed Space

Atmospheric Garden, nestled in the Sussex Downs

Borrowed Space

9. A bubbling water feature will offer wonderful calming vibes while you enjoy the great outdoors

10. Make sure you've planted some beautiful smelling plants, such as lavender and fresh herbs

11. Add a little (or huge!) something for the kids to keep them occupied and away from the television

Tree house:  Garden by TreeSaurus

Tree house


12. Consider a special bicycle store so you actually remember to cycle to work in the sunshine

Bike and log store with green roof:  Garden by Organic Roofs
Organic Roofs

Bike and log store with green roof

Organic Roofs

13. A jacuzzi might be an indulgent addition but it's the perfect way to end a long hot summer's day. Especially when you have a glass of something cold and fizzy to enjoy in it!

Euphoria Lifestyle :  Garden by Euphoria Lifestyle
Euphoria Lifestyle

Euphoria Lifestyle

Euphoria Lifestyle

14. Make your furniture extra comfortable with plenty of rain-proof cushions

Small courtyard garden:  Garden by Paul Newman Landscapes
Paul Newman Landscapes

Small courtyard garden

Paul Newman Landscapes

15. A gorgeous gazebo will not only add style points to your garden but ensure you have somewhere to hide if the odd shower happens

To get in the summer mood, take a look at this Ideabook: How To Prepare Your Home For Summer.

How have you prepared your garden for summer?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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