Outdoor living you’ll love: The top five ways to enjoy every last minute of summer

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There’s still plenty of time to recline on a warm afternoon in a luxurious lounger, or fire up the BBQ when company calls on a sunny Sunday afternoon. In fact, there’s nothing stopping you enjoying your garden come September, October and beyond!

With that in mind, we’ve put together our top five ways for you to make the most of your garden this summer and many more with timeless garden pieces from John Lewis


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1) Al fresco dining

Enjoy the great British BBQ and grill your way through the final summer days and nights.

Savour the classic smoky taste of charcoal-barbecued food and all the bells and whistles that a gas barbecue has to offer.

Or if you’re looking for a change of scenery; whether it’s the countryside that’s calling or the beach that beckons, ensure you’re set to impress with all your stylish picnic essentials for a great day out.

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2) Outdoor architecture

A roomy summerhouse can serve as an extension of your home: turn it into a sunny studio, an al fresco dining area or somewhere from which to enjoy the changing seasons comfortably.

An outdoor shelter will also serve a purpose in the coming winter months, allowing you to take shelter from the elements and enjoy the outdoors uninterrupted from Mother Nature, as well as protecting your new garden furniture from any passing showers.

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3) Garden glow

The summer nights are slowly getting shorter but that doesn’t mean your evening has to end earlier too. Add line lights and solar lanterns in your garden to create an ambient light that is both practical and pleasing on the eye.

Choose a small lantern for ambient dining, or opt for practicality and style with a citronella garden burner to keep midges and mosquitoes at bay.

Fire pits also provide a warm glow for after-hours socialising, meaning you’ll be able to linger in your outdoor space long into the evenings.

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4) Elegant exteriors

Set the scene and invest in garden furniture that lasts. If you’re planning any sunny socialising, a cohesive look is easy to achieve using complementary pieces from a furniture range.

Picking from John Lewis’ garden furniture allows for customisation to your style and space, meaning you can embrace the sunshine for those summer parties.

Soon your garden will be kitted out with colourful tealight jars and you’ll be able to indulge in sweets and a variety of spirits that are perfect for cocktail concoctions.

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5) Green and pleasant land

How does your garden grow? If the answer is too quickly, you’ll find everything you need to keep your garden pruned and trimmed at John Lewis.

From Hozelock hoses and sprinklers to shears and lawnmowers, you can keep your outside living space looking spick and span – now and throughout the seasons.


Now you’ve got the perfect look and feel, you can enjoy spending time in your rejuvenated garden this summer, next summer and every summer after.

Remember, you can also raise a 1.5% donation for your good cause when you shop for your outdoor essentials at John Lewis through easyfundraising.