We’ve been experiencing some lovely weather over the past few days and everyone is hopeful that this is the start of a tropical summer season. At the very least, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t experience a typically wet British summer!.

If you’re anything like us then, you’ll want your own outdoor haven where you can enjoy the sun and relax after the working week. We’ve been on the hunt and have come up with a few tips to make your garden summer-ready so there’s nothing to stop you lighting the barbeque and pouring yourself an al fresco Pimms once the temperatures climb.

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What better way to prolong your time spent in the garden of an evening than by purchasing a chimenea. With a choice of three types (fire clay, cast iron or a steel and cast iron mix), these wonderful patio heaters will keep you and your friends warm as the sun sets on your summer parties.

Pallets are a low cost way to make a variety of garden furniture, including tables, chairs and benches. If you’ve got a spare afternoon and can track down some pallets, why not give it a try? You could also add some pillows and blankets to make them more comfortable. Pallet

Ever thought of making your own barbeque? If you can’t bear thought of a gas barbeque and fancy a challenge then check out Gardeners World’s step-by-step guide to building your own barbeque, which makes it look incredibly easy – find out more here.

Have you got some old wooden step ladders in the garage that you rarely use? Why not use them as a prop for your plotted plants? There are all sorts that can be planted; you could even create your own herb garden. Not only would a herb garden be pleasing on the eye, it could also save you a fortune on fresh shop-bought herbs!

Finally, the finishing touches can usually be argued as the most important. Fairy lights, candles and bunting will make your garden look summery and ensure it’s the envy of all your friends.Bunting