7 tips for creating a stunning garden haven to enjoy this summer

As the warmer months approach, it’s time to think about how we can make the most of our outdoor spaces. Whether you’re planning to host summer barbecues, enjoy quiet evenings with a book, or simply soak up some sun; preparing your garden, patio, or deck is essential. Here are some tips on how to get your outdoor space ready for summer, with a special focus on the benefits of integrating awnings and pergolas from yours truly (that’s us, AMO Group, in case you’d not guessed!)


1) Take a look around and give it a clean

Start with a thorough assessment and cleaning of your outdoor area. Winter can leave behind debris, so clear any leaves, twigs, and other remnants from patios, decks, and lawns. Check decking for any signs of wear or damage such as loose boards or splinters and consider a fresh coat of sealant or paint if necessary. 


“For patios and pathways, a good pressure wash can revive surfaces dramatically”.


2) Plan according to function

What we mean by this is: Think about how you want to use your outdoor space. Do you need a dining area? Perhaps a cosy seating area or a vibrant garden party zone? 

“Organising your space according to its function is crucial”, says our Technical Manager, Will. “Consider the flow of movement around your garden and the placement of furniture for optimal use and aesthetic appeal.”

3) Introduce Awnings for comfort and style

“One effective way to enhance your outdoor comfort is by installing an awning”, explains our Director, Rachael. “Awnings provide much-needed shade on hot days, making your space usable even during the warmest hours.”


Did you know?…

AMO Group offers a variety of awning styles, from retractable options that allow you to choose when to enjoy the sun or shade, to stationary awnings that add a constant layer of protection and privacy.


Awnings also add a dash of style to your home’s exterior. With a range of fabrics, colours and designs available, you can choose one that complements the architectural style of your home. This customisation ensures your awning is not just functional but also a decorative addition to your home!

4) Create definition and zones with Pergolas

Pergolas are another fantastic option for enhancing your outdoor area. They create a defined space for dining or relaxation that feels both open and intimate.

“AMO Group’s pergolas come in various materials, including wood and metal, and can be equipped with features such as retractable roofs and side screens to adapt to different weather conditions.”

Pergolas offer flexibility in design and function. They can be adorned with climbing plants, lights, and fabric to create an enchanting outdoor retreat. Whether you’re looking for a sunlit breakfast nook or a shaded garden hideaway, a pergola can be customised to meet your needs.

5) Think About Lighting and Accessories

Good lighting can transform your outdoor space from a daytime retreat to an enchanting evening spot. Consider solar-powered lights for an eco-friendly option or string lights for a festive atmosphere. Adding lanterns, candles, or a fire pit can also enhance the ambiance and provide warmth on cooler evenings.

Accessories like cushions, rugs, and decorative items not only add comfort but also personalise your space. 

Top Tip: Choose weather-resistant fabrics and materials to ensure they withstand the elements and continue to beautify your garden for years to come.

6) Consider a plan for privacy and security

Privacy is key in enjoying your outdoor space. Consider privacy screens or tall plants around the border of your garden. Not only do they provide seclusion, but they also help block wind and reduce noise.

Additionally, think about the security of your outdoor space. Awnings and pergolas not only improve privacy but can also protect against UV rays and shelter your space from view. Ensure that your garden or patio is a safe, private haven for your family and loved ones to enjoy.

7) And what about regular maintenance?

“Regular maintenance is essential to keep your outdoor space welcoming and functional”, says Rachael. “Check the integrity of structures like decks, fences, awnings, and pergolas regularly. Look out for any signs of damage or wear and address them promptly to avoid costly repairs later.”


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By preparing your outdoor space thoughtfully, you can create a beautiful and functional area that enhances your home’s appeal and your quality of life during the warmer months. With the help of AMO Group’s awnings and pergolas, turn your garden into a stylish, comfortable haven that beckons family and friends to gather together and enjoy each other’s company under a beautiful canopy.

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