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No matter how big or small your patio garden is, there are loads of things you can do to bring it to life and turn it into a space that you’ll want to spend time in.

Here are our easy actioned top tips to help you make the most of your patio garden.

1. Keep it Bright

If space is limited, then bright colours will help make your patio area feel bigger and more spacious. You can even paint the side of the house too to give your patio garden an extra feeling of being light and airiness.

2. Give it a Focal Point

Whether it’s a fire pit, a pizza oven, or a patio dining set, giving your patio garden a focal point will make it more inviting to visitors and give the garden a sense of purpose. It also has the benefit of making the garden a functional space, rather than just an area that’s unloved and untouched.

3. Create a Tropical Paradise

Bring your patio garden to life by injecting some colour into it with a variety of exotic plants. These will work wonders in brightening the space up, and despite the UK’s cooler climate, there’s a surprising number of tropical plants that will grow here, including palm trees and tree ferns.

4. Use a Pattern to Jazz it Up

Patterned floor tiles aren’t just for kitchens and bathrooms you know. They don’t absorb water, which makes them ideal for outdoor use too, and they’re a great way to inject some of your own personality into your garden.

5. Separate the Garden into Zones

If you don’t have much space then you’ll need to get creative here, as this is easier with a bigger garden.

You could have a chillout area with a hammock or a lounging chair, and a dining area for cooking and entertaining for example. Or you could invest in some troughs to grow vegetables and keep the rest of the patio as a seating area.

The possibilities are endless but having separate zones will give each part of the garden a clear function and purpose.

6. Create a Border with Raised Flower Beds

Raised flower beds around the edge of the patio will not only look great, but they’ll help to channel focus to the patio’s centrepiece. So, for example, you could have a dining area or a fountain at the heart of the patio. You could even attach benches to the newly built flower beds to give you a seating area overlooking your centrepiece.

7. Extend your Indoor Space

If your patio is directly next to your kitchen or dining room then you could consider laying the same tiles to create a seamless transition from inside to outdoors. This will give you an al fresco dining area adjacent to your main dining area, which would be perfect for the summer months. You could even consider having a canopy installed so you can dine outdoors while sheltering from our unpredictable British weather.

8. Create Different Levels

Adding steps or an elevated area to your patio garden will help make it feel more spacious, while also adding a nice aesthetic touch to it.

For example, you could have a raised decking area with your patio dining furniture, and have spotlights incorporated into the steps.

Having different levels will also help to separate the patio into zones, such as a dining zone and a chillout zone.

9. Let There Be Light

Use lots of lights to give your garden a brighter, more spacious feel. Natural light colours will do the trick, or if you want to get creative and inject some of your own personality into the garden, then you could consider multi-coloured lights or mood lights to really put your own personal stamp on it.

10. Add a Bar

If you enjoy entertaining, then this is ideal. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either, get creative and make a bar out of wooden pallets, which can often be found for free.

If you’re restricted by space, then this doesn’t have to be an obstacle. You can opt for a wall-mounted bar that can be pulled down when needed or folded up against the side of the house when not in use.

11. Make it Functional

Giving your garden a function is like adding an extra room to your home. It could be that you want it to be an extra lounge area, in which case you can get an outdoor sofa, or if you want more dining space then you could opt for dining furniture.

There’s no right or wrong way to use your patio garden but giving it a functional aspect will stop it from being dead space.

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