Five ways to create the perfect outdoors space

Get outside and into springtime
Cath Muscat

It’s time to throw off the layers and embrace the sunshine. Here are five gorgeous ways to get your outdoor space ready for relaxing and entertaining.

Outdoor garden setting
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Set a pretty table

Plant a wisteria around a pergola and you’ll be rewarded with a burst of clustered purple flowers in spring. You’ll need all-day direct sun to increase your chances of a beautiful full flowering effect. Match your table setting to the flowers by picking up the pinks and purples, and adorn it with bunches of spring blooms. A Victoria sponge completes the perfect morning tea. 

Hammock in garden
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Create a relaxing reading nook

A shady corner of your garden can be transformed into a quiet retreat. Hang a hammock, layer with cushions, and complete the set-up with a small table for drinks and a good book. A white wicker table is a good choice to lighten and brighten a shady spot. 

Outdoor garden setting
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Invest in quality furniture

A good outdoor furniture set will see you through many summers. Create a cosy entertaining space with plenty of comfortable cushions and soft seating. Add a couple of occasional tables as a practical spot to place drinks, and ground it all with an outdoor rug in a matching colour. 


Outdoor swing
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Layer your greenery

Add texture to a hedge with rows of identical hanging pots. Use the same plant for a strong style statement – rhipsalis is a hardy plant with a beautiful trailing effect – or create interest with a collection of different species. Add a punch of colour with a set of matching pots. A swing can be enjoyed by children and adults alike – even if it’s just for perching in the sun. 

Outdoor entertaining setting
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Add a rustic element

Attach a set of wheels to a tree stump for the ultimate portable outdoor coffee table, and balance it with a textured jute rug. Soften the look with throw rugs and cushions in matching tones, and pick out a pop of colour. 

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