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Summer is the perfect time for garden parties, BBQs and evening relaxation and when the sun is shining, there’s no better time to go outside and enjoy the great British weather. Whether your garden is a landscaped haven or is in need of a little TLC, there are plenty of simple ways to give you garden an instant summer makeover, ready for entertaining. From paved patios, grassy gardens and compact balconies, you can easily transform your spaces with a few simple tricks. Here are our favourite five that will cost little, take less than an afternoon to do and have things looking welcoming in no time.

Bring the inside out

Transform your decking or patio into an extra living area that your guests and family won't want to leave. Add comfy cushions and throws to your garden furniture along with a colourful rug, coffee table, string lighting and a few potted plants for all day enjoyment.

Makeover your furniture

Instead of replacing furniture that has been neglected or left untreated for some time, a simple restore, refresh or paint job can transform your bench seat or garden table with impressive results. Sand your wood down, wipe down, then coat with primer and your chosen exterior paint. Choose bold shades to create a statement or soft pastels for all year round colour.

Refresh your fencing

Give your old fencing a new lease of life with our range of exterior paints. Choose muted or natural shades to compliment your flower beds, or try a bold look with a bright colour and add some drama to your garden. You can also add trellis to the top of your fence to make it look more ornate, or try hanging old mirrors onto your fence to bounce light around your garden and give the illusion of space.

Get colourful with planting

Plant some bright flowering perennials into hanging baskets, pots or containers for a simple and quick splash of summer to your patio doors, terrace or balcony. Top up the mulch, bark or pebbles around your flowerbeds for a quick refresh to make your arrangements pop.

Install ambient lighting

Whether you choose string lights to drape over tree branches, spike lights to nestle in your flower beds or fancy installing decking lighting, garden lighting is a quick and effective way to add ambience to your garden.

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