More garden tips – barbecues, furniture and lighting

I’ve had a bit of a focus on gardens over the last two weeks, looking at how we can use them and improve them now that Spring is here. (You can read my previous posts here and here.) My final post is looking at some of the other things you can do to make your garden look good, and make sure it is a place of sanctuary, relaxation and fun for all your family.


For me, the smell of a barbecue is the smell of the summer, because there really is nothing like cooking and eating outdoors. The great thing about barbecues is that they come in all different sizes, so whether you have a large garden, or small patio, you can find something that will be suitable for your space.  Chessington Garden Centre is a good place to look for a new barbecue, with a good range of both charcoal and gas varieties. If you have enough space, you might even like to consider a horizontal smoker. Smokers are a great option for both BBQ’ing meat whilst adding in packets full of smoked flavour.

We love a barbecue!







We invested in a new garden table and chairs last year, and it was definitely one of the best buys we made. Eanjoying your garden is much easier when you have something nice to sit on and relax. Other good investments include benches, loungers for those really sunny days, and even a suggestion someone made in a comment on yesterdays blog – a hammock for the ultimate bit of garden fun.

Joe enjoys the new table and chairs

Joe enjoys the new table and chairs

Get some lighting

I think the one thing that can really change the look and feel of your garden is lighting, This could be in the form of fairy style lights that go around a gazebo or Summer house, or solar lights of all sizes that can be added to borders and planters. Garden lighting can cost as little as £1 from Poundland and can go into the hundreds for Victorian style lamp posts. Garden lighting is just wonderful if you choose to use your garden in the evenings, whether to sit outside with a glass of wine, or use it to entertain.


How amazing is this lampost for the garden?

How amazing is this lamp post for the garden?



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8 thoughts on “More garden tips – barbecues, furniture and lighting

  1. We only have a courtyard garden but I went out in it for the first time this year yesterday and realised what a mess it was! Yes, I think I need to take-up your tips – garden furniture, I’m on it! Tx

  2. lovely family photos. We need to get a table and chairs for our garden patio as well. xx

  3. So do we! Pretty sure my family would BBQ in the snow (we’ve done it in rain before!) x

  4. This is such a lovely and inspiring post. I love the smell of barbeque in the summer and can’t wait for better weather. I don’t have a garden but we always do barbeque at my boyfriend’s x

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