58 things to glam up your garden
Garden parties are go, people! But, oh God — is that really the state of the patio? Glam up the garden and impress your guests with these 58 must-have garden objects.
Focus Bubble Fire pit
Simple, spherical and stylish, the Focus Bubble fire from Herts brand Morley Stoves makes for a cool centrepiece. But looks aside, the wood-burning stove is practical, manoeuvrable (thanks to rear wheels) and, most importantly, will help extend your al fresco soiree late into the night.
Birdcage tea-light candle holders
Add a touch of vintage charm to your outdoor dinner party setting by arranging a selection of these pretty candle holders from Two Ducks in Surrey on your table. Or, for a really dramatic effect, hang them in clusters of two or three on garden spikes to light up your favourite parts of the garden.
Temple Home Pizza Oven
We’d be happy too if we had one of these bad boys in the back garden. Designed by Alice Temperley’s other half, this awesome disco pizza oven comes in three sizes and brings guaranteed party vibes to your space.
Giant outdoor lightbulbs
Perfect if you haven’t got a nearby power supply in your garden, this set of three oversized outdoor lightbulbs – in amber, clear and smoked glass – from Somerset-based Cox & Cox, are battery-powered and dead glam.
Sunbeam Jackie parasols
Bring a little hotel glamour to your own garden this summer with a Sunbeam Jackie parasol, just like the ones that line the gardens at the various PIG hotels. Crafted in a Cornish 12th century grain store, every parasol Sunbeam Jackie creates is a one-off work of art.
Summer nights are what candelight was made for. While this rustic-finished lantern from Herts-based Blacks of Sopwell is large enough to take a good-sized pillar candle, the narrow rectangular profile means it can sit just as happily on a window ledge, twinkling prettily in the reflection.
Personalised deck chair
Don’t live near the coast? Bring the beach to your back garden with one of these cool personalised deck chairs from Devon’s Sails & Canvas, made from recycled sailcloth and marine canvas. Just add a sandpit.
Aldgate Home Garden Mirror
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the finest garden of them all? Well, if you’re embracing the growing trend for gorgeous-looking garden mirrors, then it could well be you. We love these reclaimed antique home and garden mirrors from Aldgate Home in Kent, which have the power to transform any space. As well as adding an extra dimension, they reflect light into more shady spots. And, most importantly, they’re beautiful items themselves.
Priced per mirror
Zoohause Fruit Bowl
That cracked old fruit bowl has had its day. How about this Bedfordshire hand-blown glass bowl as centre stage for your five a day? Put some water and floating tealights in the bowl, and it really comes into its own.
Outdoorsy Living Glamping Pod
We would have fallen in love with these outdoor living spaces well before WFH took off but now with everyone wanting outbuildings and garden offices there’s every excuse to justify investing in one of the luxury Shepherd Huts from Outdoorsy Living- or a gorgeous Glamping Pod (pictured), making the perfect guest room or garden retreat. The self-contained units can be modified to your unique specifications for family, business or holiday purposes – with all the home comforts from cosy double bed to smart wet room with shower. Truly the dream space.
The Arc Vibes Plate
We’re absolutely loving this plate from Bedfordshire that screams 70s summer glamour. A piece of art in its own right, it comes with a stand if you can’t bear to cover the art, even if it is your finest Ottolenghi creation. Plus, 10% of each purchase going to the Norwegian collage artist, Jonas Haeg, alias, Taudalpoi.
Tulip Swing Chair
Sit back. Relax… and pretend the last 12 months were all a dream. Bang on trend with a wicker vibe, this tulip swing chair from Rosebourne in Berks is made from a lightweight, all-weather rattan with shower-proof cushions. Grab a book and a glass of rosé, and claim your throne.
The UK cannot often be described as balmy, so you need a patio heater as pretty much an essential piece of garden kit. This super-cool pendant from Berkshire is in fact a powerful electric heater that you suspend from a pagoda or similar outdoor structure. Offering heat, as well as a warm glow of light thanks to an LED lamp, it’s also energy-efficient.
Available in teal and green, this pitcher is perfect for a picnic with pals (try saying that ten times over after a few Pimm’s). Find the jug and matching tumblers online at Sussex-based Stuff & Co.
Geroniomooooooo! Fun for kids (and adults after a few negronis), feel the wind in your hair and your lunch in your throat with this handcrafted Monkey Swing from Green Oak Furniture in Berkshire. Each swing is made to order with personalisation of up to 10 characters per long side and includes a 5m drop of British made and crafted rope and fixing shackle. Then find a tree to take the strain.
Scotts of Thrapston Garden House
Scotts of Thrapston have been designing and building top notch timber buildings and joinery in Northamptonshire for more than a century, so they know a thing or two about what works. From bijou home gyms to garages for your vintage car collection and stabling for Neddy, or just a cosy spot to sit and drink gin with your bestie, you’ll probably want to move in.
Salcombe Harbour Chair
Anything Scandi-inspired is instantly chic and this chair with striking industrial legs is no exception. And it’s not just pretty to look at – the chair is made from all-weather bamboo.
£295 for two
Move aside ugly hot tubs, it’s time to inject a splash of colour into garden with these Weltevree Dutchtubs from Bell of Northampton. These bonkers but brilliant tubs come in a rainbow of colour options, are wood-fired, and fit up to four people. Plus they’re even portable, so you can wheel yours to the sunniest spot in your garden and pour yourself another martini.
Coloured Ornamental Gnome
A styled-up take on Griebel’s originals, these large ornamental gnomes from Herts-based Cositas sit on just the right side of kitsch and quirky in our view (hope we haven’t lost you there…). However, these chaps are fragile – bless ’em – so best find a safe spot away from bounding dogs / littlies / strong breezes.
Forever Wild Butterfly Chair
This season we’re all about bringing the inside out and it’s fair to say that outdoor lounging has come a long way since those white plastic chairs that stuck to your thighs. Northamptonshire brand Forever Wild’s range of stylish and sustainably-sourced cowhide butterfly chairs are perfect for those mild spring days, and summer evenings when you still need a bit of warmth to tempt you outdoors.
Brown glass lanterns
Light up your sundowner with a warm, amber glow with these recycled glass lanterns from Oxfordshire indie Found in the Barn, available in two sizes.
Bombay Duck medina embroidered pouf
Ah, poufs are always so useful – for perching on, propping up your feet, resting a tray on, or using as a giant pillow with an oversized picnic rug. The monochrome elegance of this design from Two Ducks in Surrey was inspired by the time-worn black and white marble mosaic in the medina of Fez. A touch of the exotic to enjoy in your garden until you can get there to see it yourself.
A bespoke boutique bar
The Bath-based Outdoor Bar Company, which comes with 20 years’ experience of creating hotels in the US, can design and build a bespoke boutique bar in your garden, incorporating all you desire – wine taps, mini beer kegs, pizza oven, smartphone controlled LED lighting, heaters, a DJ booth (!) – in about a month. Can we retrofit ours to the start of lockdown please?!
The seat that spins
Sit, rock and spin 360 degrees on Thomas Heatherwick’s Magis Spun Chair; which is so much comfier than it looks and will keep the kids entertained. The winner of design award ADI Compasso d’Oro 2014 is available in white, anthracite, red, dark purple and bi-coloured from So Furniture in Bournemouth.
Cool illuminated garden tables
Throw some ice and bottles of booze into the ice bucket base, put some nibbles on the table top, turn on the LED lights, and you’re set to party. This nifty little garden side table is from Cuckooland in Dorset. Talk about multi-tasking.
You’ll need a fairly large garden to make the most of one of these amazing handcrafted metal fire pits. But, if you’ve got the space, they’re just the ticket to warm up the end of a summer evening, or bring some drama to your post lockdown event. Each Cornwall Firepit is totally bespoke – designed, created and welded by Will Cotterill.
Priced to order
These colourful cushions from Cornish shop Duchy Living are made from a linen/merino mix and styled like an ikat rug, which means they’re perfect for summer garden styling. (They aren’t waterproof though, so make sure you remember to take them back inside when it rains!)
Lion Head Planter
Make a statement in your garden with this fabulous, large stone Lion Head Planter. Part of Cirencester-based Sue Parkinson’s Home Collection, either fill with lush evergreens and trailing ivy or give your lion a crown of gorgeous blooms. An instant way to add character to your front door steps or garden patio, it’s got a definite air of stately home to it.
These Scandi-inspired garden cabins from Buckinghamshire-based Ayr Cabins double up as an entertaining space as well as basically having a whole other house in your garden with the option to add bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens – plus, they’re totally stunning.
Slate water feature
Jeremy Hastings uses Cornish slate from the north Cornwall quarries of Delabole and Trevillet to create sculptures and water sphere features – you’ll see his work on display at RHS Chelsea, Tatton Park, Chatsworth and Hampton Court. Well, if it’s good enough for them…
Priced to order
Distressed arch mirror
Be the fairest of them all with this antique mirror which oozes rustic vintage chic (better it than you). Ideal for smaller spaces to reflect light and give the illusion of size and depth, or create a focal point in a larger garden with three arranged side by side. Also, er, perfect for checking your makeup after one too many sundowners. Grab yours from cult Sussex interiors emporium Rockett St George.
We love the weave design and mustard yellow pop of this cosy throw from West-Sussex-based Applemoon Interiors. Drape it over the back of a thoughtfully-positioned chair or bench, and grab it when the chill sets in after dark.
Rustic tealight holders
Stick a few of these beauties in the ground and your garden will be magically transformed into a candlelit paradise. Line a path, surround a patio or pop them in pots on the terrace.
Vintage Bamboo Bar
Unleash the rum collection. It’s Club Tropicana time. This beautiful home bar is from Bella’s Gone Home, a super hot brand for funky, one-off pieces based in Glos. Handcrafted from bamboo, it’s sure to blend in perfectly with your entertaining space. Place it on a patio, or perhaps under a vined pergola, and get a steady flow of Aperol Spritzes going.
Folding Pot Shelf
This chic pot holder from Webbs Garden Centre in Worcs is the kind of display you’d find gracing the likes of Daylesford Farm or Barnsley House. It’s a really pretty (yet practical) solution for storing and showing off your plants. Made from 100% sustainable eucalyptus wood, it folds up easily if you want to store it away in the winter months. The wood is treated to have a fine teak look, and the lovely sage colour harmonises with the whole garden. Line it with potted herbs in little terracotta pots or brightly coloured spring blooms.
Layer up these gorgeous tufted cushions from Worcestershire on your outdoor seating area, patio set, or swing chair. With sandy tassels and twisted cotton, the muted peach and blush pink colours create the perfect Moroccan aesthetic for balmy evenings.
It’s a wrap! It’s also a throw, a picnic blanket or a cape. Gratton & Lund’s handmade range of rustic throws from Devon are gorgeously unique. And the feel-good factor doesn’t stop there because, thanks to owner Chloe’s ethical sourcing, buying one helps to support the community of talented artisans they work with in northern India.
Baby, it’s (still) cold outside, but your chosen six will stay toasty if you invest in this Danish Eva Solo Fireglobe from Devon’s Salcombe Trading Company. We love the shapely curved back which, not only looks cool, but handily shields the flames from the wind and directs the heat to your huddle. Available with or without grill.
The Firepit Company
Where practicality meets art. These truly fabulous firepits from The Firepit Company on the Cambs Suffolk border come in a range of intricate designs, from the African savannah to a classic English scene of stags in a forest.
You’ll find a myriad of brightly coloured, quirky items at Ark – a Cambridge institution that delivers its quirky, curated products across the UK. These bright birdhouses are made from recycled saris and would make any tree in your garden look delightfully stylish (and enticingly cosy to passing birds). Colours vary but you can select a preferred shade when ordering.
Snape Maltings Pizza Oven
You could lose a good hour or two in the Suffolk-based Snape Maltings house and garden showroom. We love their pizza oven kit: the mini pizza oven sits on top of your fire so you can create amazing stone-baked pizza with a perfectly crisp crust, infused with BBQ flavours! Handmade in Rajasthan, the kit includes a wood-fired oven, stand, oven plate, wooden paddle and pizza peel.
If you want to go full-on Chelsea show garden and create a real stir with your glowed-up garden, check out the incredible garden sculptures by Paul Richardson. Crafting these stunning steel sculptures from his workshop in coastal Suffolk, Paul can create bespoke designs or offer one of his wonderful set pieces.
Priced to order
LolaWood in Rutland is a home and garden shop that sells unusual pieces to personalise your outdoor space. These beautiful solar lanterns are made of metal and tyvek so are resistant to water and won’t age or rust, and they have a handy built in rechargeable battery. Perfect for giving your pergola a touch of the exotic.
Ramp up the WOW factor in your garden with this stylish and, dare we say, sexy Mauroo Sofa from Leicester-based Skyline Design. The versatile L shape garden sofa is made up of modular sections to create a really comfortable design for relaxing in the sun. If the sofa is out of your budget (prices start from just under a cool 13 grand) then perhaps the Mauroo love seat or chaise lounge will do instead?
Glam-up benches, loungers and rattan garden furniture with a custom set of cushions. Plain or snazzy, Hampshire-based design duo Melissa and Fi, the creative team behind Amelfi Cushions, will create a bespoke set to your taste – a greener alternative to buying new furniture, and an instant garden uplift. Each bespoke cushion is handmade to measure in hardwearing, UV-resistant fabrics. Cute pooch not included…
Portable Pizza Oven
Weekends are made for pizzas! Designed to restaurant-grade standards, the Roccbox portable pizza ovens from Gozney (on the Hants-Dorset border) fire-up fast, reaching a temperature of 500ºC and cook pillowy crusts in just 60 seconds. The perfect slice, piping hot in your very own garden, peppered with those Instagram-able charred spots. Result.
Triple threat lamp
Float the mellow sounds of an Ibiza sundowner through your garden as you top up a glass of something chilled. No ordinary bluetooth speaker, these three-in-one Kooduu beauties are also a lamp and a wine cooler (what more does one need?). Get one from Hampshire-based events and outdoor company, Twilight Trees. For the ultimate rule-of-six garden party or birthday bubble bash, they also have dining domes to rent or hire.
Gpod Garden Room
Whether it’s an al fresco art/photography studio, office, gym, yoga studio, teen den or music room you’re after, Warks-based Gpod have you covered. The team work closely with you to design and construct a sustainable high-spec garden room to suit your exact and exacting needs.
How about a statement flower pot for your spring blooms? These Warwickshire handmade pots from Whichford Pottery are famously frost-proof, and we love this The Winter’s Tale container from their Shakespeare range. The independent family business designs and makes a wide range of English flowerpots using traditional hand-thrown and hand-pressed methods for gardeners across the world.
Rattan Egg chair
A relaxed-looking chair with a metal base to put in the garden or on a terrace, from the Collective Home Store based in Warks. The used rattan material gives the chair a natural look. Add a cushion or one of the store’s sheepskins to give it an extra style – and cosy – dimension.
This carrier is essentially a big square of tough, lightweight jute fabric with a handle in each corner, used to carry stuff. Somehow, it’s beautiful. We’re picturing filling it with scented lavender cuttings and drifting romantically around the garden in well worn dungarees. It’s made to last by The Carrier Company, a brand inspired by family life in wild North Norfolk.
Norfolk Estate Fencing will give your garden the Downton touch. Graceful and practical, park fencing is a time-honoured part of the classic English landscape. Solid steel stands up to wild weather and is super low maintenance, so instead of revarnishing that fence you could be enjoying afternoon tea on the terrace (… have Jeeves pop open another bottle).
£44 per metre
This garden mirror from the Essex-based Alton garden centre feels like a window to a fairy-tale world, thanks to its traditional shutter-style. It’s great for creating the illusion of a bigger garden, or brightening up a dark corner. Plus, made from sturdy and hard-wearing eucalyptus, it’s made to last.
Don’t trust the English sun to make an appearance? We don’t blame you. Keep your family or guests from catching a chill with this ridiculously luxurious firepit table, complete with reclining padded chairs. The Essex-based White Stores is famed for its rattan furniture, but why settle for a plain table when you can get a gas fire thrown-in? It just makes sense.
Moroccan Metal lantern
Give your garden a touch of headier climes with this Moroccan-style distressed metal lantern from Oxfordshire brand Found in the Barn.
This dramatic firebowl from the Oxfordshire garden-styling brand Rosara is made from recycled materials — eco bragging rights, check. Enjoy the cosy flames (and welcome warmth), or indulge in a bit of fancy outdoor grilling: the Kadai is a type of thick pot used in traditional Indian cooking.
Concrete Grey Bench
Concrete is so now, and it’s a great choice for subtle, durable garden furniture, whether that be in a modern garden or as a foil to more traditional designs. We love the handcrafted finish of this one from Bucks-based brand NORSK, and can’t wait until the days are hot enough for it to soak up the sun (at which point we shall nap on it, like oversized cats. No shame).
Vintage Garden Planter
You don’t really mean to entertain your friends in a garden strewn with shabby chipped pots, do you? Get those herbs re-planted into one of these beautiful metal planters, stat! Sold by Home Barn in Bucks, they come in four sizes and guarantee a timeless, rustic effect, without shattering when you inevitably drop one en-route to the potting shed.
Round Teak Table
If your outdoor dining sitch is more shabby than chic, it might be time to upgrade. Field & Hawken in Reading has a lush range of sustainably-sourced Indonesian plantation teak furniture. This is sturdy stuff that’s built to last. The Dorchester round table is one of their bestsellers and perfect for an all-inclusive catch up for six.