Not all of us are lucky enough to have a garden–but those that do should take advantage! Whether you have a sprawling lawn or a solitary patch of grass, savour the outdoors and create your very own alfresco paradise.

Trees, vines, and flowers are the obvious accessories but thinking outside the box in terms of furniture, textiles and lighting is key to creating a unique outdoor space.

If you are confined to a small patio, stick to a “café style” table and chairs. If size is not an issue, the world is your oyster when it comes to furniture. Why not place a rattan chaise longue under a rustic pergola or nestle an arbour into a shady alcove?

BETEL Rattan Chaise, Saint-Raphael 2 Seater Garden SofaLyra Outdoor Hanging Chair

Now you have your enviable seating arrangement sorted, experiment with cushions and textiles to ensure ultimate comfort. The colours and patterns you chose really set the tone, so think carefully about the atmosphere you want to create.

Jungle fever

House of Hackney Palmeral Cushions

Blue hues

Embroidered Elsa PillowIndian Blue Taz Cushion & Teal Ecru Lattice Cushion

Shades of grey

Folding Fans Cushion & Damask Jacquard Cushion

Lighting is a vital ingredient in the art of ambience. While balmy nights are not commonplace in the UK, this shouldn’t stop us from enjoying evenings out in the open air. Fairy lights strung through trees, hanging lanterns, and hurricane lamps add a romantic touch.

Jar Lantern Lights, Swedish Metal Lantern & Extendable Festoon Lights

To compliment and accentuate foliage, use ceramic pots, wooden planters and hanging terrariums.

Kew Royal Botanic Garden PlantersHanging Glass Bulb Terrarium

And if you’re one of the many city dwellers without a garden, don’t let this stop you experiencing the outdoors. Fill your kitchen with plants, hang a flower box out of your window or a terrarium from the rafters. Make the most of what you have!

Top photo credit: Country Living