How does your garden style grow?

Understandably, global warming gets blamed for a lot of nasty things. But as it brings with it slightly longer summers, it is also indirectly responsible for the rise in quality outdoor furniture on the high street. Back in the 1980s all you needed was a couple of plastic white deckchairs that stayed folded up in the shed and didn’t really open properly, because you only needed to bring them out once or twice a season. Nowadays, however, we’re eating, playing, and generally living outdoors a whole lot more so we need furniture that can stay out there with us. So treat your garden like just another room, fill it with comfortable pieces in bright colours and look forward to what will hopefully be the best summer of your life. Jug of Pimm’s and burnt sausages not pictured but implied…

Pretty as a peach: Resol Peach chairs from John Lewis (above)

Rock star: Ripple rocking chair from Dwell

Light and shade: Poynesia parasol from Heal’s

Flower power: Lusaka outdoor cushion by Missoni from Amara

Candle in the wind: Hurricane lamp from Tesco

Over a barrel: Barrel seat from Garden Trading

Fruitful burst: Westminster Primary Poufs at ACHICA from Friday 17 June 2011

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Pip McCormac, Guest Editor

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