5 Ways to Create a Family Garden for Summer

Written by Joe

5 Ways to Create a Family Garden for Summer

Back gardens are a fantastic place to get the family together and spend time making memories in the Summer months. If your garden hasn’t seen much love lately, then why not rejuvenate your outdoor space in time for the sunshine? Here, we give you 5 ways to create a family garden for summer.

1. Create a beautiful deck for your family

Decking is a brilliant place to relax with your loved ones, and opens up so many options for you to personalise your family garden. Add some garden furniture such as a timber table and chair set, bench, tables or an Amazonas and you really create a space that your family can enjoy.

Many people choose to add sleepers, plants, water features, hot tubs and even cooking apparatus like a built-in barbecue or pizza oven. A pergola is also an excellent way to create some shade in the summer. You could also add a parasol to your timber table to combat the beaming sun and give the family a cooler area away from the rays.

There are so many ideas for decking features for the family – the possibilities really are endless. You could leave a space free to enjoy garden games, add a table tennis table or a temporary swimming pool, and keep your decking features tucked conveniently away in an attractive shed or store.

John Brights supply high quality grooved tanalised decking. You can buy all the materials you’ll need for your garden decking from us, or we can build your decking to your specifications. Our expert team are experienced in building decking to a range of sizes – so whatever the shape of your garden and the purpose of your deck, we can advise and construct your perfect garden decking for your family.

Dura with Decking

2. Add furniture to your garden

Garden furniture is a great way to make your outdoor space a comfortable place to relax for your family. From sunbathing in the summer heat to enjoying warm evening conversations as the sun sets, you can get so much use of garden furniture.

John Brights supply a range high quality outdoor furniture – so whatever the size and style of your garden, you’ll find the perfect feature to blend seamlessly into your private space.

We are proud to be stockists of the Alexander Rose Collection – high quality furniture that is crafted for life. We supply benches, tables and table and chair sets from their timber, weave and portofino collections.

Amazonas are quite simply statement-makers. Their modern, round-edged structure gives them a very modern look which is vastly different from standard tables and chairs. Amazonas hanging chairs, lounge sofas and hammocks provide ultimate comfort – perfect for sharing with your children significant other on a warm summer’s day.

In true British garden fashion, you might choose to opt for a picnic table! We supply a range of options – all of which are handmade at our base in Bridport, Dorset. The styles we supply include the Farmers Table, Iroko and Heavy Duty Picnic Table, Tanalised and Circular options, as well as a Wheelchair Accessible Bench.

We particulary love our range of Iroko garden furniture – which is also handcrafted in our Dorset workshop. Iroko is a hard wood which is perfectly suited to being made into garden furniture. The dark tan colour and grain markings make the wood very durable and long lasting – not to mention attractive! Take a well-earned break from garden games and relax on an Iroko Bench, Stool or Armchair.

Enjoying the sun is a right of passage in the summer, however it is important that you enjoy it in moderation and take breaks in the shade. Why not provide some cover from the sun with an attractive Parasol – paired with a sturdy Granite Base.

Amazonas garden furniture

3. Replace your garden fence

Replacing your garden fence is a great way to make your family a garden a more attractive and inviting space. Featheredge fencing is the most popular style of garden fence. They are fitted with high quality featherboard panels by our expert team. Often called Closeboard or Shiplap, Featheredge fencing is known for its durability, lifespan and cost effectiveness. Accidents can happen when your family is having fun in the garden – so it’s always nice to have peace of mind that your fence is built to withstand the odd football hit. We’re certain your featheredge fence will easily deflect the blow (unless you’re related to David Beckham).

If you aren’t keen on a complete renovation of your garden fencing, adding some feature Trellis or Fence Panels can modernise your garden. Add Planters, shrubbery and flowers around your feature wall to really bring it to life.

Tanalised Closeboard fence - an ideal way to create a family garden

4. Invest in a garden building for your family

A garden building can make a brilliant centrepiece to your garden and make it an attractive and enticing place to spend time. Aside from looking fantastic and modernising your garden, it can provide important protection from the sun – and offer a nice, cool, shaded area which you’ll appreciate in the height of the Great British Summer.

Our Oak Gazebo Kits are made from 100% sustainable grown Oak. Adding a hot tub or swimming pool to your gazebo is a great idea for the whole family.

A Summerhouse would also make a fantastic addition to your garden. Here, you can add beautiful furniture and decor to really make it your own. Summerhouses at John Bright are of exceptional quality and strength – using the best materials and workmanship so you have peace of mind that your Summerhouse will last for the long haul.

Tenbury summerhouse apex roof. An ideal way to create a family garden

5. Landscape your garden

Landscaping your garden is a great way to rejuvenate the space you have. It is especially effective if you would prefer to not invest in a large item such as decking or a garden building as you can do as much or as little work as you like and make a drastic difference to your family’s outdoor space on a lower budget.

Adding a strong John Brights Planter to your garden allows you to plant whatever you like – for years to come. There is so much choice to be had and you can even make your Planter more of a focal point by adding some tanalised trellis panelling behind it.

With a whole range of gardening tools, equipment, compost and fabric available from our country store, you’ll have everything you need to completely revamp your garden. Why not create a dedicated play area for your children, or little ones in the family? You could also create spaces for bark, a planter area, built-in barbecue, wood-fired oven, chimnea or anything else. You really are only limited by your own imagination.

landscaping essentials at john bright fencing in bridport dorset. Create a family garden



Outdoor living at John Bright Fencing

We hope we’ve inspired you to create a family garden in time for summer. Whether you’d like to replace your fence, add decking, a garden building or landscape your garden, you’l find everything you need at John Brights.

If you need any advice, why not give our friendly team a call?