Garden shade – to make outdoor seating a pleasure to use in the summer

A cooling spot for relaxing, entertaining or designed purely as a retreat, will make your garden a joy to use all day long.

Our solutions for creating shade in the garden will make an outdoor dining or seating area a please to use on the bright days of summer.

See our decorating section for more inspiration

Think about a shaded spot as a multisensory experience of sight, sound and scent. Trickling water or swaying grass will feel cooling, while foliage is good at absorbing heat. The aim is to create an area to relax in, so avoid busy bright colours and instead focus on texture, using green, white and paler blooms – blues are a great choice and they look wonderful in the early evening light, too.

Take a look at these garden shade ideas for more advice and inspiration.

See our shopping gallery: Parasols to add style and manage shade in the garden