Your patio doesn’t have to be lifeless and dull, with so many fantastic ways to transform your outdoor space, your patio can become the garden oasis you have always dreamed of. Here are our top tips for getting the look at home.

Celebrate Nature’s Beauty with Water

A natural water feature is the most stunning way to give your garden that little extra lift. A pond with ample plant life is the best way to let nature bloom in your garden. However, if you don’t have space a simple fountain – even a small one – will create a peaceful and serene atmosphere in your garden oasis.

Hearing the peaceful sound of flowing water is sure to make you feel relaxed and the wildlife that will thrive in your garden around this water area will ensure you feel like you’re far away from rainy England and somewhere much more tropical.

Celebrate Nature’s Beauty with Water

Let Life Flow with Plants

If you haven’t got space for a pool or a water feature, like many of us don’t, the best way to create the outdoor retreat of your dreams is to surround yourself with plant life. A jungle vibe is going to create a peaceful atmosphere that closes you off from other gardens or houses, so think climber plants, bamboo and thick green leaves. Just like this set up from Lindfield Jungle.

Let Life Flow with Plants

If a jungle vibe is not your thing, potted plants and shrubs can help bring your bland patio, decking or lawn to life. If you are going for lower, potted plants rather than climbers, don’t be afraid to throw lots of different colours in there, not just your typical greenery.

Sit Back and Enjoy the View

What would be the point in creating a stunning outdoor retreat with nowhere to sit back and enjoy it? If you’ve gone for the wild jungle vibe, create a seating area using a love seat or small bistro table in a little nook between plants, this will feel like a magical escape from the world.

If you’ve got a big blank patio space then fill it with somewhere comfortable to sprawl out and relax, like a corner sofa set or casual dining set, that takes your space from bland and dull to cosy and welcoming.

Corner Sofa Sets

If your space is large enough for multiple furniture pieces, always make sure that one of those is a fabulous dining set, encouraging you to spend more time outdoors at mealtimes, with the kids doing homework or when you have guests over for a BBQ.

Follow the Path

A garden path will not only take you from one seating area to another - if you’re planning to have multiple - but it will invite you to explore the surrounding plant life. You don’t have to stick to a simple, straight concrete path, mix it up with pebbles, gravel or even wooden steps that take you and your guests on a journey around the garden.

A path can become a brilliant garden feature in itself and could either stick to the sides as a simple walkway or become the focal point of your garden as a fabulous work of art. For great advice on creating the perfect garden path, visit Thames Valley Landscapes.

Follow the Path

However you plan to make the most of your patio, there’s no excuse for bland and boring, make sure you have the perfect space to spend time outdoors and relax in your own outdoor oasis.