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Top Five Garden Ideas for Summer

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Whether you are enjoying lazy afternoons in the sun or long evenings socialising with family and friends, there is no better time to enjoy your garden than in the summer months. Make the most of the warmer weather by creating a calm, relaxing space and take inspiration from Grandhome’s top five garden ideas for summer.

Create a strong focal point

A strong feature such as inspiring garden furniture would be perfect to add impact and draw the eye from any less-perfect areas of your garden. If you have slightly smaller garden, a large planted container works wonders. As seen in show gardens, planting three identical containers with the same plants (which can be changed with the seasons) is the perfect way to bring the garden together.

For the cooler nights, why not look into a firepit or a chiminea – a free-standing fireplace, perfect for toasting marshmallows with friends after a summer evening hosting. For a range of different styles and prices for all budgets from Dobbies Aberdeen, located just outside of Aberdeen city centre. 

Dobbies Garden Centre

Add a pop of colour

Adding areas of bright, bold flowers is the perfect way to enhance your garden. Pelargoniums are the instant gardener’s best friend as they bloom quickly filling your garden with colour all summer long. In a new garden, it is recommended to concentrate them in key spots to give a ‘full garden’ feel. They are easy to find in garden centres, such as Parkhill Garden Centre.

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A slightly easier was of adding colour is by decorating garden furniture with accessories from water-proof pillows to luxurious throws to use when the sun isn’t quite as warm as you would like it to be. Floral motifs remain a relevant trend in outdoor design therefore you can never go wrong with bright floral patterns. Located only five minutes from Grandhome by car, Sterling Furniture offer a range of garden accessories to brighten up your outdoor space.

Add a comfortable, relaxing space

With the lighter and warmer nights rolling in, we are seeing a trend in people turning to their outdoor space into their main entertaining space. At Grandhome, many new build homes come with a fully landscaped garden making them a great space for entertaining.  By adding outdoor furniture such as a luxury rattan sofa, you will bring instant comfort and style to your garden. Why not invest in an outdoor dining set to enjoy al fresco dining with family and friends? Currently offering up to 25% off, Gillies Aberdeen, located on Holburn Street in the city centre, has something for everyone with their brand new 2022 outdoor collection.

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We are also seeing those who work from home taking advantage of their outdoor space and adding a garden office to help improve their work and home life. By shifting your work from the house to a separate building boosts productivity and family relationships. Scottish Garden Rooms, located on Albany Street in Aberdeen’s city centre, are the leading garden room supplier in Aberdeen offering specifically designed home garden offices with a competitive price which includes supply, delivery and installation all in one package.

Scottish Garden Rooms

Transform a shady wall into a vertical garden

To brighten up areas of your garden that get less sunlight, install a vertical planting system and plant it with tough, shade-loving perennials – plants which can live for three or more growing seasons. Heucheras are a great choice to start with as the leaves can come in so many different shades and colours. It is recommended to install a watering system at the same time so to make things easier, it is best to choose a wall that’s near an outdoor tap.

Create a herb garden

There is nothing more satisfying than using your own home-grown herbs to enhance your home cooked dishes. From rosemary, basil, and coriander, growing your own herbs can be easy. For the best results, most herbs generally grow best in a sunny, light area with well-drained, moisture-retentive soil.

However, there are some herbs, including parsley and chervil that prefer the shade. It is therefore important to group your herbs by needs to make sure they grow with optimum results. Start growing them now to impress your dinner party or BBQ guests!

Looking for a new home in time for summer?

In the sought-after community in Bridge of Don, there is a wide variety of homes on offer at Grandhome with beautiful outdoor spaces ready for you to make your own. View the new build homes section of our website to discover all the housebuilders at Grandhome.