15 of the best garden accessories for summer

Greg Stevens

Lights4Fun

If you want to give your garden a refresh this summer, there’s no easier way to do so than by updating your garden accessories. From larger pieces like hammocks and benches to smaller items like outdoor cushions, trying out new accessories for your garden is a quick way to give your outdoor space a whole new look with minimal fuss involved.

For small gardens and patios, garden mirrors are a brilliant way of adding light and depth, instantly making the area look more spacious and adding a feeling of brightness. We also recommend trying out soft furnishings such as outdoor beanbags for a laidback approach to garden furniture, especially if you’re short on space and need seating that can be easily stored away.

If you’re lucky to have a lot of space to work with, you have the potential to make your garden the location for all your summer entertaining. If that’s the case, fuss-free garden accessories such as solar-powered fairy lights are ideal, as are lanterns and fire pits. Don’t forget, plenty of comfy places to relax are essential – freestanding hammocks can be left in place all summer long, as can hanging chairs.

For those of us who are blessed with green fingers, gardening accessories such as trellises and garden caddies will keep your outdoor area in tip-top condition!

Keep reading to meet our favourite garden accessories…

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1

The Garden Mirror

Sarah Window Pane Outdoor Mirror in White

housebeautiful.co.uk

£75.00

Make your garden feel bigger in an instant with an outdoor mirror. Styles such as white window-pane design are ultra-versatile and look good in just about any outdoor space.

2

The Bird Bath

Ivyline Cast Iron Hanging Bird Bath

Ivyline
johnlewis.com

£39.00

Encourage birds to visit your garden with this rustic hanging bird bath. Decorative as well as functional, this iron design features a rust finish and two sweet bird ornaments.

3

The Garden Hammock

Cusseta Classic Hammock with Stand

Dakota Fields
Wayfair

£199.99

A neutral white and brown colourway means this freestanding hammock will match any outdoor décor. The sturdy larch wood frame means it’s a sturdy yet comfy place to relax.

4

The Outdoor Cushion

Les Fruits Mulitcoloured Outdoor Cushion

Water-resistant polyester means this outdoor cushion is designed to withstand showers and spills. The charming print features an abstract watercolour design of bright seasonal fruits and greenery – perfect for summer!

5

The Garden Trellis

Minster Willow Trellis

Waitrose & Partners

£16.99

This rustic willow trellis features a gothic arch design and woven frame. Just the thing to support climbing plants such as honeysuckle or clematis.

6

The Classic Fire Pit

Positano Iron Outdoor Fire Pit in Black

housebeautiful.co.uk

£220.00

Made from high-quality Indian iron, this traditional fire pit will last for many years to come. We love the classic design, which comes with a grill cover and poker included.

7

The Garden Bench

3-Seater Garden Fence Bench

Robert Dyas
robertdyas.co.uk

£119.93

Made from solid FSC® responsibly sourced eucalyptus, this 3-seater garden bench is a lovely addition to your garden or patio. Pair with plump outdoor cushions for the perfect spot to soak up the sun.

8

The Garden Lantern

Nerja Lantern in Black

housebeautiful.co.uk

£24.00

If you’re entertaining alfresco, create a sense of relaxation with a pair of these classic garden lanterns. The sturdy steel frame features a useful handle, plus the glass candle holder will keep things glowing even when there’s a breeze.

9

The Outdoor Beanbag

Indoor Outdoor Beanbag

This cocoon-shaped outdoor beanbag is the perfect place for getting comfy with a good book. It’s designed to hug and cradle you as you lounge, plus it’s fade-resistant, so you can enjoy it all summer long.

10

The Traditional Planter

Loudon Oxford Blue Glazed Classical Planter

A simple yet beautiful planter in a traditional design with a subtle blue glaze. We think this would look lovely framing a doorway or arranged on a patio.

11

The Solar Festoon Lights

Carnival Solar Festoon Lights

A built-in daylight sensor means that these solar festoon lights illuminate as soon as darkness falls. A quick and easy way to add a glow to your outdoor space.

12

The Outdoor Cushion

Outdoor Stripe Floor Cushion

This plump outdoor floor cushion is waterproof – perfect if you’re worried about spills! A selection of this would be a lovely seating option for informal outdoor dining.

13

The Wall Planter

Sola Brass Wall Planter

Beautiful curves and a classic brass finish make this wall planter a great way to dress up your greenery. We recommend tiering planters for an eye-catching look.

14

The Hanging Chair

Abbingt Hanging Chair

Freeport Park
Wayfair

£36.99

Relax all day long in this padded hanging seat. We love the rustic stripe design. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

15

The Garden Caddy

Sophie Conran Galvanized Trug

This traditional gardening caddy is handmade for a unique finish. It also features a smooth wooden handle for easy carrying. Just the thing for keeping your gardening tools tidied away.

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