Garden Furniture To Transform Your Outdoor Space

Give your garden a Chelsea Flower Show style makeover with our pick of the best garden ideas, furniture and accessories

Whether it?s a grand, country garden or a tiny, town terrace, everyone needs garden furniture, and there are plenty of fabulous styles to choose from. From sturdy teak, new and realistic all-weather rattan, traditional wicker perfect for an English look, French-style, ornate, wrought iron, funky and colourful powder coated steel, or the latest textilene fabrics.

From large 8 seater dining tables, perfect for a party or family gathering to small café tables with 2 chairs for an intimate dinner for two. Creating an outdoor space extends the home to give an extra room in the Summer, so dress it as you would your indoor rooms.

Start with the furniture then add the accessories. Parasols or larger canopies for keep the sun off, cushions for comfort and colourful china and glass for the table. Think about the lighting for when dusk falls, from fairy lights in the trees to lanterns on the tables or garden spikes for atmospheric candlelight dotted around the garden. Water features have become more popular with ever interesting models, and statuary has become more accessible from small items to large, statement pieces. Firepits are widely available and help to warm up chilly evenings to extend the time spent outside.

Choose planters or pots for the patio, especially useful in small spaces with few flower beds, choose from rustic terracotta to sculptural plastic. New innovation such as artificial ?living? walls or fake grass create new looks for awkward areas and if we have a drought, clever ways of watering. Above all, Summer is coming, so get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather!

John Lewis Marcelle extending dining-table, £1200, Isabelle oak chair, £125 and outdoor mirror, £60

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