As winter stretches out before us, now is as good a time as any to make plans for how you are going to spruce up your garden next year. Even if your fingers aren’t very green, the simplest of additions to a backyard can make all the difference.
From minimal furniture to functional items such as lighting, it does not take much to make your garden a place you enjoy spending time in. In this article we have some foolproof garden accessories in mind to help you make your garden the spot to be for relaxing and entertaining.
Instead of a traditional garden bench, why not upgrade your seating to a hammock to give your garden a bit of tropical pizazz?
Depending on your space and budget, there are plenty of options to choose from lightweight fabric hammocks designed to be strung between trees to beautifully woven cotton canvas in a freestanding wooden or metal frame.
Whichever you choose, a hammock is perfect for any sunny summer day to pop your feet up and read a good book, take a nap, or even play your favourite elk studios slots.
The only thing to be aware of with hammocks, is that they need to be setup correctly and securely. Since you are elevated above the ground, you want to make sure that there is no chance of it falling with you inside!
Also, if you’ve never been in a hammock, getting into one may take some getting used to, as it requires a bit of technique and balance to smoothly transition from standing to laying down in your new hammock.
Just as with indoors, lighting can have a significant effect on the mood and feel of your garden. You will want to choose the right option to create the perfect atmosphere for your space.
If you are proud of your planting, maybe highlight a few key plants with a hidden spotlight, or decorate your trees with some twinkly fairy lights. If a party feel is more your vibe, hang vintage festoon lights around your space or light tropical tiki torches.
With lots of options to choose from and prices to suit all budgets, we are sure you will find something to light up your garden. Whichever you choose, you just have to make sure that it is made for the outdoors.
The last thing you would want is for your new outdoor lighting to short your electricity circuit breaker after a light rainfall! So always make sure to check that the lighting you are going for is waterproof and resistant to avoid any safety hazards and also having to buy a new one after minimal use.
Birdhouses / Feeders
Whilst gardens are lovely for us to relax in, they can also be much-needed havens for local wildlife. An easy and affordable way to bring nature into your garden is to hang a bird feeder of special bird seed from a tree.
More elaborate bird feeding stations are also available and feature several hooks for assorted bird seed, high-energy suet balls and even a spot for a bird bath.
If the birds love the food, also add a birdhouse to give them somewhere to nest in the spring and in no time, your garden will be filled with birdsong! With birdhouses, you get the best of both worlds, as they simultaneously act as a functional feeder for the birds but also can look stunning.
There are endless designs to choose from, with a variety of colours, sizes, materials and even with or without their own stand.
Add a centrepiece to your entertaining area or bring some warmth to chilly evenings by getting a firepit for your garden. Perfect for toasting marshmallows or for just sitting by and chatting for hours under the stars, there will be an option for all garden sizes and budgets.
If the budget is tight, create a DIY firepit by digging a shallow hole and lining it with reclaimed bricks. Alternatively, you can buy simple fire bowls of all sizes from a garden centre, or go all out and build a custom entertainment area with a central firepit, cooking area and surrounding seating.
Do not underestimate how much more sophisticated a simple firepit can make your garden look. Even if not used specifically for cooking or heating, it creates an amazing atmosphere which you and your guests will surely want to be around.
Whether your outside space needs lots of work or just a few new items, you won’t regret taking a few minutes to research what might be the key accessory to enhance the utility or ambience of your garden. We hope we have inspired you with a few new ideas to spruce up your garden.