Everything you need to transform your garden this summer

Garden get-togethers are back.

But don’t feel bad if your garden isn’t quite guest-ready.

If you’re looking to spruce things up this season and welcome friends back into your garden, we’ve got you covered.

In this week’s edition of The Grow List, we’ve got a roundup of the best bits to add to your outdoor space.

Featuring all the essentials you’ll need, make the most of your space with great garden gear and top tips to keep your space stylish and summer-ready.

King of the swingers

Wow your outdoor guests with this statement swing sofa from Homesense, a modern update on a classic garden design.

Garden Swing Sofa, £499.99, Homesense

Pot on

Make your small balcony or patio feel instantly bigger by raising pots off the ground so that you can see more floor space. This terrazzo planter comes on acacia wood legs, is suitable for outdoor use and adds an element of height to your planting, too.

Terezzo Planter On Wooden Legs, £39.99, Very

Cut some rug

The indoor-outdoor trend is here to stay, so invest in an outdoor rug that’s waterproof and hard-wearing, but will add a stylish vibe to your patio or balcony. We love this 180 x 120cm rug for a pop of colour.

Talking Tables Monstera Indoor & Outdoor Rug, £35, John Lewis & Partners

Cut and dried

If you haven’t mown the grass yet this spring, set your mower blades at their highest setting, then gradually lower them for a closer trim with each cut after that.

Cut your lawn about once a week in spring and up to twice a week in summer, mowing until October. Available at Tool Station, this Einhell cordless lawnmower charges in two hours, has three cutting levels and will mow up to 150sq m in one session.

Einhell Power X-Change GE-CM 18/30, £119.98, Tool Station

Grow a cocktail

Nothing says summer like sipping a cocktail on a balmy evening. Now you can create your cocktail using herbs you’ve grown – the Cocktail Herbs Garden Seed Collection contains Moroccan Spearmint, Shiso Red and Green and Lemon Balm for the freshest mojito around.

Cocktail Herbs Garden Seed Collection, £9, The Grey Works

Create the mood

This pretty, pink lantern looks gorgeous hung from a branch, or as a centrepiece on an outdoor table at dusk.

Pink Lantern, £12.99, Homesense

Going wild

If you’re not into mowing, and want to encourage bees and butterflies, then plant a wildflower meadow instead. The pollen and nectar-rich blooms look natural and beautiful – simply scatter the seed from April onwards for flowers all summer. Repeat sow every two to three weeks to extend the flowering season.

RHS Flowers for Wildlife Bright Mix, £5.99, Squires Garden Centres

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