How to Make the Most of Your Summer Garden

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summer garden with terracotta pots

Keen horticulturalists know that there is always something to be done in the garden. However, amidst all the tasks of sowing, planting, weeding, and watering, it's crucial to take a moment to truly enjoy the beauty of your summer garden.

Whether you're looking to enhance your current garden or plan for next summer, here are some ideas to help you make the most of your precious outdoor space.

A garden with a view

To truly appreciate your garden, you need a comfortable spot to sit and enjoy the scenery. Consider adding well-designed seating to your garden. A traditional terracotta patio bench and table placed in a strategic location can offer a great views of your garden. This could be at the end of a path, providing a panoramic view, or in a cool, shaded corner where you can retreat from the heat.

When selecting the right bench bench, it can become a feature in itself. Surround the area with large terracotta pots overflowing with colourful bedding plants, fragrant herbs, or beautifully shaped topiary. Climbing plants such as jasmine, honeysuckle, or rambling roses can also be trained to grow on an arch positioned above the seating area, offering both delightful scents and dappled shade.

When the sun goes down

Extend the enjoyment of your garden into the evening hours by adding lighting to create a captivating nighttime ambience. Instead of harsh spotlights, opt for a few well-placed lights that highlight specific features. LED lighting is an affordable and energy-efficient choice. Direct a couple of lights upward into the branches of a tree to create an enchanting effect. You can also hang strings of solar-powered fairy lights around outdoor eating areas, allowing you to continue relishing your garden long after the sun has set.

Shady pergolas to relax in the afternoon

Create a serene and romantic atmosphere in your garden by incorporating pergolas adorned with wisteria or jasmine, reminiscent of Italian garden designs. While any garden structure provides shelter and shade, the open design of a pergola perfectly captures the Italian aesthetic.

Consider placing an open pergola above a patio dining set and surround it with lush green plants. The combination of the pergola, plants, and the warm colours of terracotta pots will transport you to the Mediterranean, where you can enjoy leisurely afternoons with a touch of Italian charm.

summer courtyard

Sculpture and stoneware as decorative elements

Italian gardens are known for their meticulous attention to detail and the use of decorative elements. To add opulence and elegance to your garden, consider incorporating sculptures, mirrors, and decorative terracotta planters. These decorative elements will transform your garden into a deliberate and beautiful space rather than a wild and untamed one.

You can enhance the Italian-inspired feel of your garden by selecting terracotta pots that blend harmoniously with the surrounding elements such as grass, water features, lavender, and trees. The contrast between garden stone and sculptures will create a visually stunning composition.

Tranquil water features for added ambience

The soothing sound of trickling water is an essential element of many Italian gardens. Even if you have limited space, there are water feature ideas that can work in small gardens. A wall-mounted fountain, for instance, can be a perfect addition to a gravel patio adorned with terracotta pots. Larger gardens can incorporate central fountains or reflecting pools as stunning focal points, complemented by cascades or arcs of water.

For a touch of whimsy, you can consider pressure-sensitive fountains, which surprise visitors with unexpected jets of water when stepping on certain stones. These playful features can add a touch of intrigue and fun to your garden. Additionally, modern metal fountains can provide a striking contrast against the natural elements of plants and stone, creating a captivating focal point in a traditional-style garden.

Plants and flowers in Italian garden design

Parterre gardens

Parterre gardens feature flat areas planted with ornamental shrubs and flowers arranged in intricate, symmetrical patterns. Divided into quarters or other geometric shapes, narrow paths separate the sections. The beauty of a parterre lies in the overall effect of the colour scheme and pattern. However, they require regular maintenance and careful grooming to maintain their best appearance, making them a suitable choice for dedicated gardeners.

Topiary trees and shrubs

To achieve a perfectly symmetrical garden, evergreen plants that are easy to shape and prune are essential. Box shrubs and junipers are commonly used, along with tall cypress trees that are meticulously trimmed into narrow shapes. These plants can be positioned as borders along paths, incorporated into parterres, or placed in stone planters, evenly spaced throughout the garden.

By focusing on these key design elements and incorporating them into your garden, you can create a space that captures the essence of an Italian-style retreat. The vibrant colours and textures of terracotta pots, the alluring ambience of lighting, the shady comfort of pergolas, the decorative accents of sculptures and stoneware, and the tranquil sounds of water features will transport you to Italian summer evenings and provide a haven for relaxation and enjoyment in your own garden.

How can we help?

As summer moves swiftly along, take the time to appreciate the beauty of your garden and make the most of this glorious season. With a touch of Italian inspiration, your garden will become a beautiful retreat in which to unwind and relax on those long, hot summer afternoons. If you’d like any advice on the best kind of terracotta pot to use for your summer garden, why not get in touch and see how we can help?

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