Summer Ready Gardens: Tips for creating an outdoor oasis with landscaping and decor

Summer-Ready Gardens: Tips for creating an outdoor oasis with landscaping and decor

As the days grow longer and we finally get a bit of good weather, it’s time to turn our attention to our gardens. With the arrival of summer, our outdoor spaces beckon us to transform them into havens of relaxation and beauty. Whether you have a sprawling back garden or a cozy balcony, there are endless possibilities for creating your own summer sanctuary.

1. Use Colour to Brighten up your Garden

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to enhance your garden is by using as wide a variety of colours as possible. Choose plants and flowers that thrive in the Irish climate, such as hydrangeas, roses, and lavender. Incorporate a mix of colors, textures, and heights to create visual interest and depth in your garden beds. Don’t forget to add some native Irish plants to attract local wildlife and support biodiversity.  You can buy garden ready plants at the likes of Tirlan Country Life or Woodies.

2. Create Cozy Seating Areas

No summer oasis is complete without comfortable seating areas where you can unwind and soak in the sights and sounds of nature. Whether it’s a rustic wooden bench, garden seating with with plush cushions and throws or a bunch of cozy lounge chairs, make sure to create inviting spots where you can relax with a book or enjoy a leisurely chat with friends and family. There’s great value in outdoor furniture from the likes of Lidl and Aldi or your local Topline Hardware Store and you can also get great secondhand bargains on the likes of Donedeal and Facebook Marketplace.

3. Illuminate with Outdoor Lighting

Extend the magic of summer evenings by incorporating outdoor lighting into your garden design. String lights draped along fences or pergolas add a warm and enchanting glow, perfect for alfresco dining or late-night gatherings. Solar-powered lanterns, pathway lights, and torches not only illuminate your garden but also add a touch of ambiance and charm.

4. Infuse Your Personality with Décor

Let your personality shine through by adding unique décor elements to your outdoor space. From colorful ceramics and whimsical sculptures to vintage garden furniture and artisan planters, choose pieces that reflect your style and bring joy to your garden. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures and materials to create a curated and eclectic look.  Again, look out for some great bargains on some of the online marketplaces.

5. Incorporate Water Features

There’s something inherently soothing about the sound of flowing water, making it a wonderful addition to any garden oasis. Whether it’s a bubbling fountain, a tranquil pond, or a cascading waterfall, incorporating a water feature can enhance the sensory experience of your outdoor space and create a sense of serenity and tranquility.

6. Cultivate a Kitchen Garden

Take advantage of the bounties of summer by cultivating your own kitchen garden. Grow herbs, vegetables, and fruits that you can harvest and enjoy fresh from the garden. Not only does a kitchen garden provide you with delicious and nutritious produce, but it also adds visual interest and vibrancy to your outdoor space.  Check out the Johnstown Garden Center, Woodies or your local garden shop for a great selection of seeds and tools for the garden.

7. Prioritise Sustainability

Incorporate eco-friendly practices into your garden design to create a sustainable and environmentally conscious oasis. Use organic fertilizers and pesticides, collect rainwater for irrigation, and choose drought-resistant plants that require minimal water. By prioritising sustainability, you can create a garden that not only benefits the environment but also thrives for years to come.

8. Garden Games

Even in a small garden, there’s ample opportunity for outdoor fun and entertainment. Consider incorporating garden games that can be enjoyed by family and friends. For young kids, the old reliables like a swing, a slide or a tree house are always popular. Compact options like Tetherball, Swing Tennis, giant Jenga, or ring toss can easily fit into small spaces and provide hours of entertainment for all ages. Alternatively, set up a mini putting green or create a DIY obstacle course using household items.   These playful additions not only add a charm and delight to your garden but also encourage outdoor activity and camaraderie.


With these landscaping and décor tips, you can transform your garden into a summer sanctuary where you can relax, recharge, and reconnect with nature. Whether you’re sipping a refreshing drink on your patio or admiring the blooms in your flower beds, let your outdoor oasis be a reflection of your personal style and a source of joy, inspiration and entertainment all summer long.

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Oliver Dempsey
8 May 2024

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