The Great Outdoors

A bit of TLC in the garden goes a long way, so embrace it now and create a haven

Pressure washed and weeded to perfection we’re shopping for the pieces that will create an idyllic spot to entertain in and a tranquil corner to switch off and relax. With a short window of opportunity – thank you Great British summer – let’s make the most of it. Treat your garden like a room in your home. Think about different zones for different activities making sure there’s a chill out corner to retreat to with a good book. An outdoor kitchen might feel extravagant, but if you have the space and entertain lots it makes total sense. No more trotting back and forth to top up guests. Garden pods and cabins can extend the use of your outdoor space when summer’s long gone. There are superb examples on the market offering hugely versatile space. Check out some local firms including Garden Hideouts (www.gardenhideouts.co.uk) and Leekes (www.leekes.co.uk ).