I don’t know about you but as soon as I see a glimpse of the sun shining I want to throw all the windows and doors open and get out into the garden. I absolutely love BBQ season, a good friend off mine has the most amazing, giant fire pit so we often go round to hers and sit drinking wine until the sun goes down. Our garden is fairly small and we’ve been giving it a bit of a make over these past few weeks, it’s almost finished so keep your eyes peeled for the big reveal! In the mean time I wanted to share some of my current must have outdoor accessories with you to brighten up your garden. If you rent your home they are all things that you can just pick up and take with you when you move. Plants, trees and shrubs aren’t the only things that make a beautiful garden. Choosing the right accessories gives your garden character so that it feels like an extra room in your house rather than just a bare outdoor space.
Fire pits are perfect for British summer evenings when it turns a bit cooler, they are an excellent catalyst for good conversation, an excuse to relax outdoors away from technology and really make the most of summer evenings.
5. Oxidised fire pit £40.79 – Great Little Garden.
The garden looks so pretty with lots of festoons and fairy lights strung around, lanterns hanging from trees and scattered around the garden. No matter how big or how small your outdoor area the minute you add lights it will completely transform the space. Even in winter it’s lovely to look out onto the garden and see lots of twinkling lights.
1. Outdoor Festoon lights £34.99 – Festive lights. 2. Solar Cage Lantern £9.99 – Festive Lights. 3. Moroccan Lantern £21.99 – Wayfair. 4. Storm Glass Lantern £41.99 – Wayfair. 5. Cactus light £10.00 – Dunelm. 6. Solar Wire Flamingo £28 – Next. 7. Solar Table lamp £20 – Next. 8. Solar pendant lamp £12 – Ikea. 9. White Solar pendant £6 – Ikea.
Not only will a potting bench save your back when you’re working in the garden, it will also add a rustic layer to your outdoor space. You can either buy one brand new like below or scour ebay/gumtree or your local vintage/second hand store for an old table or console and make your own like Jo Rigg’s (see below) which is made up of an old eBay table that she painted white and a cabinet that she had on the bathroom wall in her old house. Which proves my point to my Husband that you should never throw things away!!! Jo is an amazing stylist and definitely one to follow on Instagram if you don’t already. Either way pile your potting bench high with rustic terracotta plant pots, old baskets, a rusty watering can and garden tools and you’ll have it looking amazing in no time.
Photo credit – Jo Rigg.
I love the rustic charm of Zinc Planters, how they weather and get better with age. They also compliment the vivid greens of the plants so well.
Faux plants are ideal if you’re not an avid gardener. Mix real with a few faux to keep the garden low maintenance.
Which would you love to have in your garden? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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