How to create an al fresco dining area

Getting your garden ready for summer? We asked Horticultural Expert Nicky Roeber from Wyevale Garden Centres to share his tips for creating a relaxing dining area. Whether it’s a sunny breakfast or dinner under the stars, there’s nothing quite like dining al fresco. During the warmer months, your garden should be an extension of your home: a place where you can relax, eat, drink, and socialise with friends and family. So, just read on to learn how you can create a relaxing seating area in your garden.

Location, location, location
The first — and most important — thing to consider when planning your dining area is where in your garden you want to put it. While the most convenient place for al fresco meals is usually near to your house, you may prefer to move it to a different area if you’d like to make the most of a sunnier spot. So, think carefully about the time of day you’re likely to be dining outdoors, and consider where you’ll get the most sun at that time of day.

Homeowners with smaller gardens and terraces can opt for a compact bistro set, while those with more space or bigger families will want to choose a table that can accommodate everyone. If you’ve got the space, a sofa-style set may be the perfect option: this sort of seating is perfect for reclining with a book.

Finer details 
Once you’ve got your garden furniture ready, you can add cushions, lighting and accessories to make your space more personal. Fairy lights and solar lanterns will instantly add atmosphere and charm, and will make your space more inviting after dark too. If you don’t get much sunlight in your garden, or you’d like to keep cosy after the sun sets, a fire pit or patio heater is a great solution.

Follow our advice and you’ll soon have the perfect place to raise a glass on warm summer evenings.

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