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As we move into spring, now is the perfect time to prepare your garden for warmer temperatures. Refreshing your outdoor seating area after a long winter can seem like a big challenge, but it doesn’t need to be. Simple changes, like updating your English garden furniture collection with new accessories, or adding some extra spring blooms to your planters, can make the world of difference to your space.
Experiment with lighting
Whilst the days are gradually getting longer, the sun is still setting long before supper time. So, great lighting is essential to making the most of your garden during the spring.
Thy type of lighting you choose will have a big impact on the atmosphere of the space, so we recommend having a number of lighting options that can be used depending on the occasion.
Opting for soft light, such as lanterns and candles will be effective in creating a cosy, relaxing feel during dinner parties, whilst festoon or fairy lights can be used to add some extra magic. If your garden is divided into zones, lining the pathways with lamps is a great way to add intrigue and seamlessly link the spaces.
Check your outdoor furniture
Next, check that your outdoor furniture is ready for use. If your furniture is made from a weatherproof material, like aluminium, it will be ready to use immediately after a quick wipe down with soapy water. Our traditional English garden furniture uses a powder-coating that is baked onto the aluminium, making it totally durable against the elements.
If you have wooden furniture, it will likely require sanding down and oiling to look its best. Any steel or iron sets should be checked for rust and repaired, if necessary, before use.
Update your plants
Adding colourful spring blooms can instantly turn a winter patio into an inviting outdoor living area. Opt for early-flowering plants, such as hyacinths and crocuses, to add vibrant colours to your space from March. This will also help to attract important wildlife, including bees, into your garden.
Introduce a new colour scheme
The addition of coloured outdoor cushions and rugs is another simple way to transform your seating area without the need to change your furniture. With hundreds of fantastic outdoor fabrics now available, the options are endless. We’d recommend keeping a few sets in storage to help you instantly refresh the space throughout the seasons and coordinate with whatever’s in bloom at the time.
For more inspiration on how to get the most out of your English garden furniture collection, read our round-up of 2022’s biggest garden trends and how to recreate them.