With so many of us spending more time than ever at home, the garden has become something of a haven for homeowners. Whether it’s al fresco dining, garden gatherings or a mindful moment with nature, outdoor space is now considered an extension of the home. With the weather warming up and gardens flourishing, now is the perfect time to transform your garden.
Here, Charlie Alexander, founder of luxury bespoke furniture brand Oxenwood, shares how you can create a stylish summer garden with just a few staple pieces of furniture that will add elegance for years to come.
Al Fresco Entertainment
With a rise in home bars and outdoor dining, one simple way to refresh and revitalise entertaining areas and outdoor spaces is by upgrading your dining table. Opt for natural materials and an authentic finish that mimics the great outdoors, as opposed to harsh surfaces like glass. Solid oak sets, for example, provide an on-trend yet timeless look that flows seamlessly with the foliage of the garden.
Oxenwood’s range of bespoke, handmade dining tables also come with bespoke Belgian bluestone tops, which are available in a variety of finishes and naturally contain fossils and veins running throughout the stone, giving each surface its own unique soul and character. This stunning combination of solid oak and Belgian bluestone creates a stylish and robust centrepiece, ideal for friends and family to gather and enjoy a meal together.
For those looking to elevate their al fresco entertaining experience, an outdoor kitchen will not only provide the practicality of a cooking station in the garden but will also create an impressive social hub for guests to gather around.
A customisable, modular design, such as Oxenwood’s stylish kitchen, will allow you to scale your kitchen to suit the space available, and is expertly crafted from solid oak and stainless steel to provide many years of al fresco cooking in the future.
Combined with a premium Sub Zero & Wolf grill, designs can also incorporate a wide array of additional appliances, including hob burners, sinks, fridges and pizza ovens for the ultimate outdoor entertainment area.
A Sanctuary Space
Of course, the garden is as much a space for entertaining as it is to enjoy a moment of calm. Creating a comfortable area in the garden where you can relax with a good book or glass of something cool at the end of a busy day is essential for ensuring you make the most of your space all summer long.
To transform your outdoor area into a calm sanctuary, choose furniture as you would for any indoor living room. Comfort is key, but ensure you opt for durable materials like Oxenwood’s synthetic rattan to withstand both weather and the test of time – when it comes to garden furniture, investing in pieces made with expert craftmanship and quality materials will future proof the space for years to come.
A synthetic rattan armchair, such as Oxenwood’s Roma range, provides a cosy wraparound feel and comes with a chic yet practical waterproof and UV resistant “Granite” cushion. What’s more, it can be left outside all year round so there’s no need to worry about the Great British weather taking an inevitable turn for the worse.
Just as you would inside the home, don’t forget to accessorise your outdoor area! Décor designed specially to withstand outdoor usage, like Oxenwood’s unbreakable wineglasses or hurricane lamps, will provide elegant finishing touches to your space.
Floral Finishing Touches
Of course, a garden wouldn’t be complete without plenty of foliage and flowers to inject colour and life into the space. Planters are a fantastic way to add instant depth to a garden’s borders, as well as tie in the architecture of the house to the garden.
To create a statement, choose oversized planters and pack with colourful plants, flowers or herbs of your choice, preferably using a species which produce over a long bloom season. Consider bee and butterfly-friendly species, such as salvia, roses and lavender, to invite nature into your garden and truly bring your garden buzzing into life.
Planters also provide the perfect space for growing your own fruit and veg. From beets and summer squash to pole beans and peppers, there are plenty of vegetables that thrive in containers, particularly as gardeners can control soil conditions and sun exposure to help them perform their best. As a general rule, select as large a container as possible to prevent plants from drying out too quickly.
The Oxenwood Audrey planter, made from solid oak with a choice of metal gabion or plastic insert to withstand decades of wear, is ideal for lining walkways or drawing the eye down the garden and will provide the perfect solution for your favourite floral displays or grow your own projects.
For more information on Oxenwood furniture, visit www.oxenwood.co.uk