Summer Lovin’

Make the most of outdoor spaces with colour, comfort and a sprinkling of light, says editor Lynn Stewart

Nothing creates a lovely atmosphere quite like garden lights as dusk falls. This quirky wild fennel branch light, which is solar or battery powered so can be used indoors and out, has four branches, each with 10 bulbs for a lovely warm glow. Easy to stake in the ground or a filled pot, it’s a magical way to bring outside spaces to life.

Solar LED Wild Fennel Branch, £30, Ella James (ellajames.co.uk)

Looking for a quick and easy shortcut to a stylish outdoor setting? Add a garden rug. Pretty, and just as practical indoors in a conservatory or hallway, this green and white design with a blue floral trim looks great and is made from recycled plastic. Team with your seat of choice, position next to your loveliest plants, add a comfy cushion in a toning shade, pour yourself something suitably chilled, and settle back in a serene outside space.

Recycled Plastic Garden Rug in Green, £40, Rockett St George (rockettstgeorge.co.uk)


Brighten shady garden or patio spaces by placing an outdoor mirror where it can reflect flowers or foliage. Not only does an outdoor mirror increase a sense of space, which is particularly useful in small areas, but this elegant, leaf-inspired design always catches the eye. 

Outdoor Botanical Wall Mirror, £195, Cox & Cox (coxandcox.co.uk)


The beauty of bees is perfectly captured in this gorgeous mustard and off-white blanket. Ideal for snuggling under as the sun sets on less-than-balmy evenings, the reversible design looks good and the wool-cotton mix helps keep chills at bay as you sip your sundowner of choice.

Bee Small Wool Blanket, £65, J.J.Textile (jjtextile.co.uk)


We love the simplicity of this outdoor dining set. Made from aluminium, the table, bench and chairs are robust enough to sit outside all year round. The sleek black finish adds an industrial edge that won’t date, and provides a blank canvas for you to style things up with any colours and textiles you like.

Anna 6-seat dining set, £949, Atkin and Thyme (atkinandthyme.co.uk) 


Stylish and durable, this round acacia planter is an ideal way to add texture and interest to patios, decks or pergolas; it also looks stunning with colourful blooms by a doorway. The natural material is the perfect partner for flowers, herbs or small shrubs – it’s a simple way to create a focal point and grow something pretty or edible, or both.

Slatted Round Acacia Planter, £89.99, Dobbies (dobbies.com)

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