Summer starts here
Everything you need to enjoy the warmer months in your garden
Welcome to Squire’s summer edition of Beautiful Gardens. Summer is such a lovely time of year, with the promise of long sunny days ahead spent pottering in the garden, with the vibrant colours and heady scent of flowers filling the air.
If you’re thinking of growing your own vegetables this year, our guide to gorgeous garnishes may inspire you to grow your own fragrant herbs, perfect for adding to drinks and salads.
Summer is also the time to reconnect with family and friends, relaxing and having fun in the garden. With this in mind, we have selected some stylish furniture, BBQs and garden lighting, to ensure your summer evenings are as magical as those long summer days.
From season-proof cushions to adjustable table heights, our extensive range of outdoor furniture is stylish, versatile and maintenance-free-
Investing in an outdoor fire pit is a great way to enjoy your garden for longer – simply light it up when the sun goes down
Circle of life
Fire bowls are fashionable right now for good reason. A design like the Miel Deepbowl creates a fantastic focal point to gather round, and the mesh lid keeps everyone safe. You can cook on it, too, if you fancy a sizzling snack without going indoors. (H58cm x W61cm x D61cm) £149.99
Relax for hours under the stars with the Fuego fire pit. The handy log store under the fire bowl holds plenty of spare logs, and the on-trend rusted finish and upright, compact design are perfect for modern gardens where space is more limited. ( H63cm x W44cm x D44cm) £79.99
Solar lights – soaking up the sun's rays during the daytime, and shining the light all evening – are perfect if you want to change the mood in your garden and keep the party going for longer
Summer party flavours
The best part of growing your own is sharing the results with family and friends. Here’s how to add freshly picked flavours to summer drinks, salads and BBQ grills
Growing your own cocktail garnishes is fun. A sprinkling of fresh flower petals, a sprig of mint, or a slice of strawberry will jazz up summer drinks in an instant, and these options are all easy to grow in a small space.
Salad with a twist
The perfect summer salads are full of colour and crunch. So, why not add a fresh spin with rainbow-coloured leaves, crunchy peppers and striped tomatoes? Grow a few of these together in a large pot or trough, and pick fresh when you need them.
The fresh, fragrant leaves of home-grown herbs are guaranteed to transform your barbecue menu. Chop finely or shred with scissors, and use different combinations of herbs to create tasty dressings, salsas and marinades.
Thrill of the grill
Spontaneous barbecue parties and alfresco meals are easier with a Weber gas barbecue. Here are two of our favourite models, plus accessories for great results every time
Summer means eating outdoors and nothing tastes better than freshly grilled snacks and meals. Gas barbecues are perfect for newbies and experienced cooks alike because they’re quick and simple to light, easy to use and straightforward to clean later.
We particularly love these two Genesis II gas barbecues because they’re both compatible with Weber’s clever Gourmet BBQ System (GBS). This lets you cook everything from breakfast to pizza to roast chicken for Sunday lunch. Both designs also have powerful burners and porcelain-enamelled cast iron cooking grates which cook food more evenly. Now’s the time to hit the grill.
Growing compact varieties of summer-flowering clematis in a container allows you to enjoy the magnificent flowers at eye level--
Do you love the cheerful blooms of summer-flowering clematis? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that not all varieties need acres of wallspace. Some compact clematis are ideally suited to patio containers – including blood-red ‘Nubia’, silvery-blue ‘Bernadine’ and double-flowered ‘Josephine’, all of which were developed by world-renowned clematis expert, Raymond Evison.
When grown in a container in sun or light shade, clematis can be combined with other plants for a colourful, longlasting display. Planting hardy geraniums, nemesia or lavender at the base of a clematis helps to shade its roots (which clematis like). Alternatively, a compact clematis can be encouraged to scramble through the stems of a hardy fuchsia. But whichever combination you choose, the end result is bound to look fabulous.
‘The beauty of clematis is that they flower from late spring all the way until autumn, filling your containers, or covering sheds and fences with their vibrant, colourful blooms. I love them because they are perfect for all types of garden!’ - Jo
Our favourite compact clematis
Main image: Nubia. Flowers from May to October
Bernadine. Flowers from May to October
Guernsey Cream. Flowers from May to June and September
Piilu. Flowers from May to June and September
Josephine. Flowers from May to June and September
Hagley Hybrid. Flowers from June to September
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