So it looks like the summer may actually be here (full disclosure, at time of writing, thunder, lightning, and torrential rain in full bloom). Of course, with the heat of the day, come long summer nights in your garden – bliss.

Whether you’re entertaining friends with a barbecue, spotting planet Mercury, pottering about your greenhouse, or hanging out in your hammock, summer gardens are brilliant places to be.

As long as the weather is nice, and you manage to keep biting bugs at bay, many of us enjoy hours after sun down in our own back yards.

Today, we’re looking at your garden entertainment options.


Dining out
There are few nicer things than eating al fresco. Whether it’s with friends, as a family, or a cosy meal for one, garden dining does seem to make everything taste just that bit nicer. You may opt for a full dining set for your garden complete with parasol, or you may prefer something on a smaller scale. If you do, check out our range of wine stands and holders – some of which can be wall-mounted. These are perfect for that lazy evening tipple on the lawn – whether lounging on a picnic rug, or kicking back in a garden chair.


Lighting
No evening soiree in the garden is complete without a little additional mood lighting: candles in jam jars, battery (or solar powered) string lights wrapped around the arms of the parasol, or some tasteful garden lanterns flickering in the evening light. Our beautiful garden lanterns are the perfect accessory for any kind of garden party. We’ve got some really elegant lanterns that come in a range of sizes and colours, and we’ve also got some brilliant copper storm lanterns for those looking for something a little bit different and more weather-worn.

 

Heating
Of course, summer nights here in the British Isles aren’t always the intense heat experiences we imagine. It can get a little chilly once the sun goes down, and the temperature drops. Chimineas, fire pits, and gas heaters all make great options for a little extra heat of an evening – especially if the summer isn’t quite heating up as it should. Having a few cheap blankets to hand is also a good plan – nobody needs to shiver at a glorious garden party. Prices range of course, but a fire pit dug into a patio area can be had for free – this might be a better option for those without children. If you are heating your outdoor area naturally, you will need a place to keep all your wood. Try our perfectly sized wooden log store to make sure everything is neat and tidy.


 

And finally…
One final thing to think about is seating for your lazy garden evenings. Sometimes, we like to just kick back and relax in something a little more laid back. You could go for the classic deckchair option, or the more contemporary garden recliner. There are plenty of choices out there.

We here at the Garden Style Company, quite fancy a couple of those Adirondack chairs ourselves – how about you?