The Platinum Jubilee weekend is fast approaching, which means that four days of (hopefully) sunshine and relaxation – and a bit of socialising – are just around the corner!
If you’re planning to host a Jubilee garden party, or perhaps you just want to celebrate the occasion in style for yourself and your household, I’ve put together some garden decor tips to help you get the look – and you don’t even need a royal budget…
Light up the night
For garden celebrations that last well past nightfall, you’ve got to have some lighting to create that after-dark ambience, as well as making your garden safer for you and your guests.
This set of four beautiful lights boast built-in solar panels that charge during the day, and with detachable stakes, there’s no shortage of ways to accentuate your space. Whether you embed the lights in borders or use them as lanterns for an al fresco dinner, they’ll create a glowing, inviting atmosphere, this season and beyond.
The lights give off a warm, bright glow with 21 lumens, beautifully illuminating your borders, pathways or containers. That peony display you’ve been waiting to show off? Light it up! You can also switch things up by changing your setting from White Light to Flickering Flame at the press of a button, then watch the realistic flame light up as dusk descends on your patch.
You can use the lights in a number of ways to bring your outdoor space to life. Line them up as stake lights along the edge of your pathway to welcome guests, or detach them from the stakes and place them on a table for a late al fresco dinner. They make gorgeous lanterns!
Each light head is 18cm (7.1″) and stands at around 60cm (23.6″) on the stake, with IP44-rated light and casing made of ABS plastic. They’re durable and waterproof too, so they’re great to keep outside past the Jubilee weekend and beyond. The best part is they’re wireless, eco-friendly and charge during the day, so you can let the sun do the work!
Get them here from QVC.
Pimp your walls
Don’t have time to grow your favourite climbers up a new trellis? Try a faux trellis instead, like this expandable with realistic faux leaves. It’s perfect for covering up unsightly walls and fences, and can even be used to create privacy – just in case your curious neighbour wants to spy on your garden shindig.
Get it here from QVC.
Need somewhere for your guests to park themselves – or maybe you just want to treat yourself to a comfy chair so that you can admire your garden? This cocoon chair is just the ticket. It’s suspended in mid air, and can gently swing to make you feel as if you’re floating. For a truly relaxing addition to your garden, opt for this beautiful seat!
Get it here from QVC.
Fly the flag
Some might see Union Jack bunting as a little bit novelty, but if there’s ever a time to be novelty, it’s the Jubilee Weekend! Hang this patriotic bunting from your pagoda, across your shed or drape it across your fence panels. Top notch!
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Colour your containers
Not loving the idea of bunting? Try using plants to evoke that Jubilee style! This charming petunia mix contains all the colours of the flag without making it obvious. Fill up your containers, hanging baskets and beds with these gorgeous double-bloomed plants, which are dispatched within 14 days.
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What are your plans for the Jubilee weekend? Let me know in the comments below!
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.