Ideas for colorful gardens: furniture, accessories and plants

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It’s official, the colorful gardens are in for 2022! We’ve long advocated creating personalized spaces in the home through color (in small and large doses) and as the garden takes center stage this Spring/Summer, attention turns to expanding palettes. joyful colors from our interiors to large spaces.

An analysis of Pinterest data by garden furniture retailer Moda Furnishings shows that “colorful gardens” are on the agenda this year, with five million pins around the keyword filling inspiration boards. And when it comes to trending colors, research has found that greens, neutrals, pastels, blues, purples, and yellows are some of the most popular.

Looking to give your garden a refresh or a total makeover? The first step to a colorful garden is choosing plants, so we’ve added some plant suggestions below to help you add color to any container or border (plus read our color guide all year round in your garden). Once you’ve sorted that out, you can focus on decorating. With the colorful garden trend in mind, we’ve rounded up colorful garden furniture and accessories – the kind that’s sure to add a playful touch to your outdoor space.

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1

Set of 2 Lois armchairs

markandspencer.com

£119.00

We love these coral armchairs, perfect for a contemporary garden or balcony. Woven seats hang from metal frames for a clean, modern outline.

2

Kolbe garden corner sofa

Use your garden corner with a touch of navy blue. Contemporary flat weave and acacia wood trim give this corner sofa a sophisticated finish.

3

Firefly Solar Powered Cage Lantern

Beautiful house
home base

£6.95

This solar-powered lantern, with firefly-effect warm white LEDs, charges in direct sunlight to automatically light up at night. It will cast a beautiful warm glow on your patio, flower pots or borders.

Styling advice: Hang in groups for a magical evening glow.

4

Right Bank Bistro Set – Small – Lagoon Blue

gardentrading.co.uk

£160.00

Proving that small and bold can work hand-in-hand, this French-inspired sky blue bistro set is designed for any space, from backyards to patios and balconies. It is also foldable.

From russet to scarlet orange, bright yellow to ochre, prolifically flowering marigolds are real beauties.

Flowering period: May to the first frosts

6

Indoor and outdoor salsa mat

John Lewis and partners

£100.00

An outdoor rug is essential if you want to zone your garden or create an outdoor living room vibe. This multicolored striped rug from John Lewis ticks a lot of boxes.

7

Gerda outdoor table in forest green

housebeautiful.co.uk

£262.00

A versatile garden table in a luxurious forest green, this minimalist design makes a permanent feature of your outdoor space. It folds up for easy storage.

8

Ipanema 2 Coffee Tables – Yellow

Put your drinks and a bowl of snacks on this sunny yellow metal and wicker coffee table. The ultimate color of joy, this table will light up in the sun. It’s also a great space saver, the smaller one can easily slide into the larger table when not in use.

9

6″ Teal Balcony Hanging Planter

Beautiful house
home base

£4.45

Effortlessly add color to your plants (and the surrounding area) with a bold planter. From Homebase’s House Beautiful collection, this teal hanging planter is ideal for fences, balconies, walls and railings. It has a beautiful textured finish and a chrome effect border.

With large, golden-yellow daisy-like flowers, Rudbeckias are perfect for creating colorful displays. These perennials provide a reliable splash of color year after year.

Flowering period: August to October

There’s no better way to spend hours in the sun. Handcrafted from a durable blend of cotton and polyester, this striped hammock can be hung between trees in your garden or from a hammock stand (sold separately).

12

Sunflower yellow metal garden bench

Rockett St George
£245.00

A mustard yellow bench? Yes please! We love the peacock-style iron frame and curved armrests. Just layer outdoor throw pillows and add an outdoor rug for the perfect casual nook.

13

Guinguette Side Table – Cactus

Fermob
amara.com

£145.00

You can use this side table on wheels as a beverage cart, for serving snacks, or as a flower pot stand. The laser cut perforated design gives it an elegant finish.

hydrangea
crocus.co.uk

£15.99

These shrubs offer a certain floral power. Perfect in a pot or border, this hydrangea changes in summer from pale lime green flower buds to bold blue blooms.

Flowering period: June to September

15

Decorative cushion Mika mustard

modafurnishings.co.uk

£40.00

We love the pattern of this luxurious textured cushion. Weatherproof but with a wool-like finish, buy several to layer on your outdoor sofa for ultimate comfort.

16

Max Indoor/Outdoor Ottoman

John Lewis and partners
johnlewis.com

£85.00

Looking for casual backyard lounging options? Invest in an ottoman. This teardrop pouf is perfect for relaxing in the sun or shade.

17

Salsa 5-seater corner garden sofa

John Lewis and partners

£379.00

This five-seater corner sofa is a scene stealer. Definitely bringing a playful touch to your outdoor space, this two-tone yellow sofa is ideal for contemporary gardens.

A real delight in any garden, these funnel-shaped, tomato-red blooms pop among crinkled mid-green leaves for a colorful display.

Flowering period: August to September

19

Yuri garden deck chair

Bring a tropical touch to your garden with this pink, green and black multi-woven lounge chair. Slender angled legs bring a 60s feel.

20

Pixel Stripes Water Resistant Garden Outdoor Cushion

Not on the main street
£24.99

$35.43

An easy way to bring color to your outdoor space is with accessories, and this striped cushion is perfect for adding some sparkle to a gray outdoor sofa or wooden chair.

21

Salsa Garden Bar Table and Chair Set

John Lewis and partners
johnlewis.com

£229.00

Offering a real explosion of color, this teal set – two tall garden bar chairs and a large round garden bar table – will become the focal point of your garden. This steel and polyweave construction is both durable and weather resistant, so you can even leave it outside all year round.

22

Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’

A real sight to behold, the green leaves of this shrub take on bright shades of orange-yellow, before falling to reveal spectacular orange, red and yellow bare stems.

Flowering period: May to June

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Dora W. Clawson