Get the Look: Glorious gardens
PUBLISHED: 13:13 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:13 08 May 2017
When the sun shines, we all want the garden to become an extension of our home, perfect for dining and relaxing. Sarah Hammill looks at four ways to make the most of your outdoor space, regardless of size
The outdoor living space should not be overlooked and for an enjoyable entertainment area, a quality furniture set provides an ideal al fresco area in warmer months. When selecting patio furniture, opt for both comfort and durability as the set you chose, unlike indoor furniture, has to be hard-wearing to the elements.
Director of Hatfields, Robert London, comments: ‘The Marseille garden furniture range is made in a natural, all weather polyrattan weave and comes in many different combinations as lounge and dining sets. The corner sofa and table set is a stunning garden centrepiece, ideal for family entertaining, with the two handy footrests which double as additional seating. The deep beige cushions provide a relaxing seating experience, allowing you to sit back in style while soaking up the sunshine.’
Hatfields Home Furnishers
Whether you require privacy, simply wish to shield a view or protect your garden from the elements, choosing the right fencing is important. Depending on the architecture of your home and the exterior space available, the right fencing can provide a distinctive look and restrict access where necessary.
Carol Smith, director of Advantage Fencing, comments: ‘Decorative and ornamental fencing can be aesthetically pleasing as well as defining your property’s boundaries, thus creating a secure place for the family home. With several choices available using solid steel, wrought iron and, of course, wood, designs can be as intricate or plain as you desire. Decorative fencing in particular creates an attractive visual feature, where plantings are allowed to creep and grow through. Alternatively, the design can be left clear with contemporary lines and very little maintenance. Leaving the fencing unmaintained can create a “rural rusticity” allowing it to merge with its surroundings. Complete the look using GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) from your mobile phone. This secure and user-friendly service has the option of opening your gates from anywhere in the world.’
Advantage Fencing, Gates and Automation
Landscaping isn’t just about plants, if you’re finding your garden area tiring and dull, outdoor art can liven it up and bring beautiful aspects to your home and ensure vibrant colours all year round. Always make sure canvas designs have been specifically created for outdoor use or the elements will cause fading, so target those that are coated, sealed and UV/weather resistant for optimum longevity.
Diane Toscani, sales representative for home and gardens at Lower Barn Farm, comments: ‘Art belongs everywhere, not just indoors. La Hacienda’s captivating, UV resistant outdoor canvases immortalise the vivid beauty of both nature and cultural iconography. These impressive focal points not only enhance an outdoor area’s aesthetic appeal, but also expand upon an area’s overall feeling of size.’
Lower Barn Farm
If you’re a foodie with an appetite for authentic cooking and al fresco dining, nothing beats producing your own delicious dinners on an open flame, creating a real hub for entertaining guests. Wood-fired ovens boost flavour, are energy efficient and cook food at a fast rate.
David Morgan, technical manager at Orion Heating, comments: ‘One of our latest designs was a pool-house in traditional green oak and redbrick with a neatly tiled roof. The chimney also replicates brickwork details from the main house, encasing the pizza oven in a stylish structure that sat well both as a poolside feature and as part of the wider country property. Under the surface is an Italian made Forno Volta 80 wood-fired oven, brought in to the UK by Orion Heating. Based on a traditional heat-storage oven with the latest insulation materials and quality fire-bricks, the oven heats up in around one hour using a wood fire inside. Not limited to making pizza, our customers use their ovens to stone bake bread, roast meats and prepare traditional slow roasted dishes. Ovens can be purchased and installed locally in a range of styles, or clients are free to buy the kit for incorporation into their own garden designs.