Garden accessories for a stylish summer

Get the garden ready for BBQ season with practical, cute, and fun accessories.

Evening garden accessories

by Eleanor Weaver |

Summer is here and now is the perfect time to transform your garden into a beautiful and chic hangout spot for visiting friends and the family.

Maybe your garden is screaming for a makeover, or maybe now we're going to be spending more time outside, you just want to add some fun finishing touches to give it a little revamp.

Either way, you don't need to spend a fortune and we've found some of the best accessories that'll help turn your garden, no matter how big or small, into a stylish and summery haven.

From garden furniture to lights, parasols, and decorative additions and shelving, all are easy and effective ways to upgrade your garden space, and you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

Accessory trends to follow

While we think this list is a great, eclectic mix of garden accessories to make your outdoor space look lovely and chic, you might want to follow a particular trend when creating your garden look.

Here are a few of our favourites that some of our listed best picks tie into, and some of which will work no matter the season:

Natural tones: Looking for trendy garden accessories that have a more natural, organic look? These use natural materials, earthy tones, and creates a warm and inviting vibe.

Alpine Lodge: Simple Scandi-style wooden furniture meets modern minimalism - calm and cosy.

Sunny Yellow: Fun yellow accents to brighten your garden and welcome the sunshine.

Cerulean Blue: Gorgeous blue hue (a mix between sky blue and aqua) that evokes calmness, serenity, and ocean bliss.

Tropical: Create the beach vibe at home with patterns, cool holiday hues, and trendy natural pieces that allow the sun to shine through.

Copper Décor: Make a contemporary, metallic statement with stylish copper pieces including chairs, lamp posts, and planters.

Best garden accessories for summer

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Festoon lighting not only gives your garden a cute festival vibe, but it'll help keep your garden catch-ups and soirees going into the evening, even when the sun has set. Waterproof and battery operated, they can illuminate your garden for almost a whole month on one set and come with handy hooks for easy installation. Hang from your pergola, canopy, garden fence, or parasol to keep the fun going after dark.

You'll need somewhere to relax and admire your new set-up and this Scandinavian-style garden chair will work well in any garden. It can be left outside all year and will provide the perfect spot for peace and quiet. The grey tone and cord finish add a modern charm and you can add even more comfort and personality with some fun cushions.

Speaking of cushions, these cushion covers will help bring a touch of the tropics to your patio furniture. Made of water-resistant soft and sturdy linen, they're a fun and simple way to refresh your garden space. Not a fan of the tropical style? There are plenty of other designs available including traditional florals, beach designs, geometric patterns, spring flowers, and even more leafy designs to choose from.

Add a spot of magic to your pergola or gazebo with these fancy fairy curtain lights. They come with eight light settings and are a great way to set an evening mood, whether that be romantic, magical, cosy, or fun for a celebration. And don't worry, in a cool white colour they're not too Christmassy!

Ideal for taking tea in the garden, or as a side table for your books and snacks, this tea trolley is a must-have accessory for the summer. Made of hardwearing eucalyptus wood, it has a built-in bottle holder and wheels for easy manoeuvrability. The cool grey and white colour shades are stylish and contemporary, adding a modern twist to traditional tea-time.

We love colourful pom-pom garlands because they brighten any space, are really cute, and bring the party atmosphere. Made from super soft acrylic yarn, you can choose to have this bunting garland for your garden in a range of colour combinations, and for an extra £3, with colourful festival fairy lights too.

Add a classic touch to your outdoor sanctuary with this beautiful mirror set in a traditional church window design. Not only will it add charm to your garden, but it'll also help to reflect bright colours and sunlight, and give the feeling of more space in your garden. Great if you have a small or overcast outdoor space or would just like a bigger garden!

Once your new accessories are up in your garden, you can sit back and enjoy your handiwork with this bamboo jug and cup set, perfect for alfresco drinks. The set is both cute and eco-friendly and can be used time and time again for year-round garden celebrations. Plus it is dishwasher safe which takes the hassle out of the post-drinks clean-up.

Place on your patio, grass, or hang from a tree and enjoy the beautiful light show emitted through this lantern. Crafted from quality metal with a retro appeal, this unique garden light is solar-powered; the rechargeable AA battery takes six hours to charge fully and will light up for 8-10 hours at night.

Bean bags are always fun for the kids, but never seem big enough for the adults. Lounge comfortably in this XXL beanbag with a book or invite your friends and family over to your garden to truly relax. We'd definitely prefer this over a hard wooden bench! This beanbag is water-resistant, tear-proof, won't fade in time, and comes in 12 different colours so you can find the one to suit the rest of your garden decor.

Perfect for creating a shady spot in the garden to relax outdoors, this parasol is extra chic with beaded droplet edging for an extra touch of glamour and the carousel peaked top. There's a crank lift and tilt mechanism for super-easy adjustments and we think this parasol will definitely help bring the 'holiday' to your home. It's available in a pastel green too which also looks lovely from the many customer photos.

This is a practical but stylish addition for your garden, whether it be to home your potted plants, outdoor ornaments, or trinkets. The gorgeous rustic farmhouse-style shelving will work well in your outdoor space, or you could even bring it indoors for a more relaxed and rustic interior vibe.

Hanging egg chairs are all the rage right now and we wish we had one to lounge in the garden. It's a bit of a pricey purchase but it's stylish, durable, extremely comfortable and it'll be an envious statement in your outdoor space.

This full tableware set from Cambridge is a fantastic lightweight alternative to your usual heavy crockery to use outside. We love the pop pastel design with fun tropical print, and that it's easy to clean because it's completely dishwasher safe. This set includes bowls, cups, plates, trays, a jug, and a large bowl perfect for serving punch or salad.

While these aren't technically a garden accessory, we're sure you're going to use them for a garden picnic, BBQ, or both. Not only do they look great, imagine one of these in a cool refreshing lemonade or cocktail, but they're also the perfect replacement for plastic straws. With 250 in this pack, hopefully, you'll never run short!

Quick and easy ways to give your garden a makeover

As well as buying the best accessories to bring some fun and colour to your garden, there are some other things you can do to help refresh any tired items you already own and make them look good as new.

• A lick of paint can make all the difference! If you've got some old terracotta plant pots, you can paint them with bright colours, repaint your existing furniture to make it feel brand new, or give your fences a lick of dark varnish to give the tired wood a new lease of life.

• Upcycle some old pieces into something new. We love these rustic rope shelves that you can make from an old pallet, or try making your own garden wall bar using old wood from past DIY projects.

• Get to work on your garden borders or patio, removing any weeds or unwanted moss. If you have a pressure washer too, a blitz of this will be so rewarding.

• If you want to invite wildlife into your garden and hear those bird songs loud and clear, we'd recommend getting a bird feeder to feel that bit closer to nature.

• Got a full house and plenty of kids' toys lying around in the garden to prove it? You can easily make your garden more appealing to lounge in by simply buying or building a storage unit to store it neatly away. If it's built sturdy enough, you could even paint it and put some cushion on top to make for a cute garden ottoman and extra seating.

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