How to design your garden: Five tips for prettier outdoor space

If you live in a smaller house or apartment, a garden can be a godsend. It gives the impression and feel of more space and can be – if approached in the right way – almost like another room to your house. Alongside this, isn’t it nice to have something pretty to look at from your sitting room? If you’re toying with the idea of sprucing up your garden, good for you – there is so much fun to be had here. These tips should get you on your way…

1. Browse vintage cane and metal furniture – there are so many lovely alternatives to the cookie-cut sets from bigger retailers.

2. Cover seat pads in waterproof fabrics but opt for cushions in regular fabrics – the way the sun fades their colours is so charming.

3. Speaking of cushions, avoid Dacron foam. Who wouldn’t prefer something soft and comfortable at their back?

4. Adding planters to the mix really makes a difference. Old terracotta always looks great, but glazed pots – particularly those from The Brooke Pottery – are also beautiful.

5. Don’t forget about lighting – it is much prettier to see twinkling lights outside than darkness.

RITA SAYS… Three pieces for the gardens

The lounger: Wicker sun lounger with cushion, 84 x 190 x 76cm. £1,110 from Houghton Hall.

The planter: Lacquered and waxed brass “Sylvan Small Two Ribbed Planter”, 52 x 62 diameter, £792, from Bronzino.

The fabric: “Fig Leaf Outdoor” (original on white), polyester, £230 a metre, from Peter Dunham.

MORE: For an in-depth view, check out Rita’s House & Garden column on gardens here.