Put your feet up
lots of people gardening is about plants, growing them,
looking after them and enjoying them. But for many others
the garden is a room, an extension of the house, a place
to relax, to entertain. It may easily not be a garden
in the traditional sense; a balcony perhaps or a patio;
no lawn, no trees, but the same atmosphere that makes
you relax.’ Take it Easy’ is a column for
the leisure gardener and each month we will be giving
you suggestions and ideas that will make you want to,
well, take it easy
All work and no play...Even keen gardeners enjoy just
sitting in their gardens relaxing with a good (gardening)
book, or entertaining friends in their own private Edens.
And for some of us it is the main attraction of a garden.
Round the fire in winter, on the terrace in summer.
Any garden needs space to sit and watch the world go
by, in your preferred spot, be it sun or shade.
The Deck Chair
Most people are pretty particular about the type of
seat they go for, too. The last few summers have seen
the humble deckchair become a bit of a garden style
A deckchair is a great entry level - in other words
‘cheap’ – item into the many-layered
world of garden seating. Another plus is that they force
you into the perfect position for sipping a glass of
cold white wine or beer. And, of course, they’re
portable. So if you’re too hot, cold or just bored
with the view, just up chair and move.
A Shady Spot
But you may not either want or have room to move. If
not you need an awning and the market for these is now
fantastic. A few years ago it would have been a boring
canvas sheet you extended from your terrace wall, looking
like the local newsagent.
But in a good example of how a fashion statement at
the top end of the market can create a broad range,
the appearance of a haute couture Persian Tent in a
Chelsea Flower Show designed garden opened people’s
eyes to the potential for attractive, temporary garden
tent/awnings that give shade, create a mini-room and
give you the illusion you’ve put up a marquee
Visit our Garden Store and check out the range of seats
reprinted with premission from Greenfingers.com