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GRISHA BRUEV/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM With the warmer weather coming, attention will soon turn from inside to outside as people start to look at their gardens and how to maximise the space for their needs. Whether you use your garden for entertaining, family fun or a place to unwind and relax in, creating a space that the whole family can enjoy is crucial. Garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have put together their expertise, experience and knowledge to predict some of the trends to look out for this summer and how to utilise them in your outdoor space. The layout of the garden is key to creating a multiple use space that family and friends can enjoy all year round. Raised flowerbeds and hedgerows are popular ways of adding structure to gardens and can be adapted at different times of the year depending on your needs. Incorporating natural elements such rocks, boulders and bushes are also a great way to create structure while retaining a more natural look in the garden. Neutral colours may be trending in the home interior scene, but in the garden it’s all about bright and bold colours. Popular flower choices are Gloriosa Daisy and Peonies. With its bright yellow and orange petals, Gloriosa Daisy can grow up to 3.5ft high and is perfect for the British climate. Attracting all kinds of wildlife into the garden including butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds, why not play wildlife bingo one warm day – a game perfect for all ages. The fragrant Peony is available in a range of shades from white to pink and deep purple. They require very little maintenance and can live for over 100 years. The secret to having a long blossoming peony is careful planting, but once established they are happy to grow undisturbed for many years. One of the biggest trends this year will be colourful garden furniture. As well as bright chairs and tables, painting or staining garden sheds creates a focal point in which the whole garden can be built around. While adding bright colours to garden structures help them to stand out, staining garden fences a dark colour allows the foliage to become centre stage, enhancing the natural colours of plants and flowers creating contrast throughout the space. Gardens are an extension of our living space so light them accordingly. LED lighting has changed the way we light our gardens as not only are they more efficient than traditional lighting, but they are now available in a range of different configurations and colours. There is a lighting scheme for every garden. Light chains are on trend this year and look great placed around a patio area. Likewise, solar lights are an efficient way to light up walkways and specific areas of the garden. For more information head to www.oecogardenrooms.co.uk n Credited: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com Credited: olga che/Shutterstock.com Credited: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock.com


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