Going ‘al fresco’ with forward2me


If your garden has been a bit neglected over the winter time, yet good weather is on the way, you will probably want to make some improvements.

Whether this means getting your gardening gloves on, finding some new garden accessories or perhaps investing in some garden furniture, now is the time to act so you have the rest of the summer to enjoy it!

Here, we take a look at some of the areas you might want to consider making purchases in to make your garden that lovable, liveable outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of.

Doing the groundwork

If you’re looking to spruce up your garden, you’ll first need to get hold of the tools and equipment you need. For everything from spades and small gardening tools to brushes, rakes and wheelbarrows, head over to Homebase’s website. If your lawn is need of attention, you might want a new lawnmower, lawn aerator or electric lawn raker, a good selection of which can be found at B&Q.

Grow your own

If this is the year you plan to focus on your vegetable patch or allotment, there is an excellent selection of fruit and vegetable growing accessories for purchase from Suttons. If you’re keen on recycling and sustainability, you might be keen to get composting with a compost bin, or if you’d like an environmentally friendly way of watering your newly planted garden, a water butt is a brilliant way to collect and recycle water.

Invest in new furniture

Once your garden has started to come out in bloom, you’ll be keen to sit out and enjoy it – whether lazing in the sun of an afternoon or enjoying a meal ‘al fresco’ with friends. If your garden furniture has seen better days, take a look at these rattan dining, bistro and balcony sets from Rattan Direct. For an affordable yet stylish selection of sun loungers, check out The Range, who have something for every price point.

If you really want to push the boat out and impress the neighbours, take a look at these rattan sofa sets and rattan daybeds.

Time to accessorise!

Gardens these days are becoming more like outdoor rooms than areas just to plant flowers and let the kids play in. As such, there are some stunning garden accessories now on the market. We love garden lights, which are brilliant for bringing a touch of magic to spaces large and small.  Cushions and outdoor soft furnishings add colour and vibrancy, and don’t forget about pots, planters, hanging baskets and garden ornaments. Find those finishing touches from retailers including Wilko, Marks and Spencer and Argos.

Garden games

Once you’ve spent time improving your garden, you’ll want to have some fun in it! For some good old fashioned nostalgia, check out Wayfair’s selection of lawn games, including giant dominoes, giant snakes and ladders, giant chess, quoits, croquet and boules. Perfect for enjoying some family time – for kids big and small!