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Go alfresco

30th July 2020

Create a stylish garden haven and enjoy lazy days at home with Fiona Cumberpatch’s top tips and fab finds from local shops

Update garden accessories by choosing a few new key pieces. A bamboo cream parasol with a fringe detail brings a classic bang up to date. £195 from www.tattytides.co.uk

For a quirky touch, these Norfolk deckchairs have been created from vintage British Rail posters from the 1920s to the 1960s for Holt’s Red Dot Gallery. They include a graphic harnser (Norfolk for heron) with bearded reedlings, an image of Blakeney harbour and another promoting Cromer as the ‘centre of poppyland.’ The frames are made from sustainably sourced wood and the chairs cost £135 each (plus p&p), from www.thereddotgallery.com

© Fiona Cumberpatch

Make a fragrant, moveable herb garden by painting a wooden crate (Cuprinol’s Dusky Gem is a pretty blue-grey). Fill it with pots of sage, oregano, basil or mint, place by your seating area and tie a pair of scissors to the side of the crate with rustic string. It keeps everything handy and the herbs can be snipped into cocktails, Pimm’s or as a garnish for salads.

A drinks trolley is a pretty and practical addition to an outdoor space. We love this compact version, £60 from www.theoldstoresroydon.co.uk

Antique pieces add character and a focal point to your garden. An old wire egg basket, £48, makes a stylish storage space for bottles; available from Annie Moses Decorative in Burnham Market, www.anniemosesdecorative.co.uk

Miscanthus sinensis

For a pretty but subtle planter which will also help to screen off an area, swap traditional bedding plants for tall, elegant, swishy grasses such as pennisetum or miscanthus. They will also filter the light as the sun goes down. Available from Fakenham Garden Centre, www.fakenhamgardencentre.co.uk

Stash your tableware in style with this straw and recycled plastic tray, handmade by artisans from a women’s cooperative in Africa. £39 from www.joyfulliving.co.uk

Pile cushions on to garden furniture or into a hammock.

Art Deco cushion £35 from www.joyfulliving.co.uk

Add a personalized touch by making your own on-trend block-print runners or napkins for the table. An inspiring new book, House of Print by Molly Mahon, (Pavilion, £16.99), shows you how to do it. There’s no need for any sewing: a pair of pinking shears neatens the edges.