When you’ve put a lot of effort into making your garden look and feel just how you want it to, it seems a shame to then ignore it for several months while the winter weather takes hold.

If you’re missing the fresh air and change of scenery that comes with sitting outside and enjoying your garden space, here are some top tips to help it feel cosier and more welcoming during the colder months. Follow our advice, and your garden should be ready to enjoy at any time of year…

1. TAKE COVER

Creating outdoor rooms is a trend that’s certainly on the rise, and what better way to do it than with a garden pergola? Perfect for entertaining or relaxing, a pergola with roof can be used any time of year, whether to shield you from the rain or keep out the midday sun. Pull down the retractable sides and switch on the lights, and voila – your garden pergola is quickly transformed into a private space of its own. Incredibly durable, our metal pergolas are built to withstand all weathers, so they really are investment pieces you can enjoy for years to come.

Simple but effective, a garden parasol will not only offer you shelter from the summer sun, but also keep you dry on those drizzly days. We’ve got a range of freestanding parasols with adjustable arms, which can be moved to offer you the best protection wherever you’re sitting. But, if you’re not sure which parasol will work best in your garden, or if there’s no obvious space to position it, why not opt for a garden furniture set with a parasol built in? That way, you’ve always got shelter within reach, and you know it’s perfectly sized to fit your furniture.

 

2. TURN UP THE HEAT

The simple addition of a garden fire pit will make such a difference to your outdoor setup, whether you’re entertaining friends and family or enjoying a quiet evening to yourself. Not only do they provide some much-needed warmth, but the soothing crackle of a fire and the dancing flames will really make you want to stay outside. Our Hestia freestanding fire pit is nicely compact and can be positioned wherever you like, which makes it great for gardens with more than one seating area.

For a more immersive experience, consider a garden furniture set with fire pit built in. These create a fantastic focal point which everyone can gather around – why not turn up the heat and toast some marshmallows? Then, come summertime, you can put a new spin on the BBQ and add a grill rack for cooking side dishes right at the table. When you’re finished, the fire pit can be seamlessly hidden away to make room for food and drinks.

 

3. BRING THE INDOORS OUT

The more comfortable your garden looks, the more inviting it will feel. So bring some of that indoor cosiness outside with lovely little touches like cushions, rugs and blankets. You can also string up some outdoor lights to create a homely atmosphere, or display lanterns throughout your space for a warming glow. Shop our full range of garden accessories to find the perfect pieces – from clocks and shelves to stylish footstools.

 

DON'T FORGET...

The best way to make sure your garden furniture is ready to use at a moment's notice is by looking after it properly. We offer a range of garden furniture covers which will protect your pieces from water, dirt and more all year round. You’ll also want to store any seat cushions away to keep them clean and dry when you’re not using them – our spacious garden storage boxes are a great solution.

 

And there you have it! We hope you get to enjoy your garden very soon. Check out our complete garden furniture range to find the perfect pieces to complement your space, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any assistance.