Throughout the summer the garden becomes a new living space and a true extension of the home.
The hard work of spring and getting everything ready is a distant memory and now is the time to really enjoy your garden – no matter what its size!
All Hillier Garden Centres have a wide variety of products available to help you make the most of your garden this summer.
Sit Back and Relax Outside
No summer’s evening in the garden is complete without a table and chairs to sit and relax on. If you have a balcony or patio garden, then a Tea for Two will provide the perfect compact dining table for you. New to Hillier this year, the dark green Jonart Wimbledon set folds neatly for ease of storage after use.
Modular dining options are an innovative way of maximising space. We love the Marlborough which is incredibly versatile. It comes with an adjustable table to give you the flexibility of having both coffee table and dining table options for when you have friends and family to entertain.
For those with a large garden, and a large family to match, our Salisbury Eight-Seater Dining Set will be an absolute blessing. The 220cm x 145cm elliptical table comes with two recliners and six high back chairs, it also has a large lazy Susan to make sharing alfresco meals even easier!
Cook Outside and Keep Warm
The fun needn’t stop when the sun goes down. What better way to stay warm after sunset than cosying up by a firepit? Use it for cooking your evening meal and then keep it glowing to hold off the evening chill. The Celeste 83cm firepit is a simple yet stylish option, and with a height of just 40cm, it fits perfectly into all gardens.
As an alternative to a firepit, a chimenea brings a rustic twist. The Sierra is a cast iron premium option that retains heat and maximises warmth. It also has a cooking grill that simply slides into place. The ultimate for any outdoor party!
If you really want to show off your cooking prowess, you’ll need a BBQ to shout about! We love both the Cadac Citi Chef 50 which is a compact cylinder with removable wooden sides tables for those short of space, or the larger Weber Genesis 11 for an all singing and dancing superstar.
Enhance Your Barbecue and Impress Your Guests
Up your grill game with some flavoured wood chips. Available in apple, beef and pork these innovative chips add a delicate smoky flavour to food and have an enticing aroma that will really get stomachs rumbling whilst food cooks. Grab a smoking box for these and they can be used with most barbecues.
Become a master chef by using a burger press to make your own hamburgers. This will give your burgers a consistent size, meaning they will cook at the same rate to make barbequing (and impressing your guests) even easier. Why not try some more unusual flavours – chorizo burgers with melt in the middle mozzarella anyone?
For succulent chicken, we recommend a Poultry Roaster which holds liquid, locks in steam and captures juices reading for basting. Once the main feast is over, sit around the fire, grab a Firepits UK Marshmallow Fork and toast some marshmallows to indulge in a sweet treat to round off the evening!
If you are having friends round for drinks and nibbles, there are some really simple accessories that will instantly impress. A pizza stone is an authentic way of cooking homemade pizzas or, if it is a taste of Spain you are after, then why not try a Tapas Set or Paella Pan to rustle up some tantalising sharing platters?
Some simple yet subtle lighting can completely transform an outdoor space whilst creating a warming yet dramatic atmosphere when darkness falls. From lanterns (available for tea lights, or with battery powered flames) and copper wire lights, to solar options and colourful Crackle Globes there are many ways to add some extra sparkle.
Solar lights come in all shapes and sizes and really add something special. String fairy lights are great for decorating balconies and small spaces, they also hang beautifully from trees and fences.
Additionally, Stake Lights are very versatile and can be used in the ground to create pathways and illuminate borders. They are available as carry-packs or as single items in a range of styles and sizes. Our Martello lights can also be used a table light by simply detaching the top.
Whatever your garden size, Hillier Garden Centres have something to help you celebrate a season of outdoor living. Visit your local store for further inspiration.