Picture of Elm park garden patio with chairs

How to create your instant summer garden

Need some top tips for a garden makeover? Here’s how you can create your instant summer garden, quickly, affordably and beautifully!


Create a stylish seating areaPicture of Elm Park Show Home with patio seating area

Seek out a sunny spot in your garden and set up a seating area with chairs and a table, or a garden bench with blankets and cushions. Visit charity shops to look for second hand garden furniture or join local Facebook Marketplace groups to see what others are selling on. This could make a fun upcycling project if you find wooden furniture that needs sanding and a lick of paint.

To extend your evenings outdoors in your newly created seating area, consider investing in a wood or gas burning fire pit for the ultimate al fresco experience. They really do create a cosy source of light and heat to gather around with friends and family when the sun goes down.


Grow colourful plants in pots

If you’ve not long moved into your Cavanna home and are still deciding where you want permanent flower beds, buy yourself time and prepare potted plants for your patio this year.

Depending on the amount of sunlight your garden gets, research the flowers and plants that prefer lots of sunshine or cool shady patches and plan your pots accordingly. Start by having a look at Gardeners’ World’s recommendations for summer container plants, or alternatively, consider asking friends and family for a cutting of a plant that’s caught your eye in their garden. Here’s how to take care of summer cuttings.

Good quality, pre-loved plant pots can be bought for a fair price at recycling centres, so save yourself some money and “root” out a bargain!

A picture showing colourful flowers and garden decoration

Simple herb gardens

Get your children to think about their favourite meals and the herbs that make the dishes flavoursome, so you can create a herb garden together. Basil, dill, parsley, sage and rosemary grow well from seeds during the summer or purchased as potted plants and transferred into beds or containers at home.

Here’s a few places to pick up seeds close to our new home developments:

Equinox & Cavanna @ Elm Park
Oak Mount, Hemyock
Bellevue, Bude


Garden vegetables

You don’t actually need much space to grow your own vegetables, just a little bit of imagination and an appetite for home grown veggies! Head over to our handy blog here for tips and tricks for planting your own veg this summer.

A picture showing plant pot with seedlings

Light and water features

Solar powered lights can be picked up from garden centres or supermarkets over the summer and attached to fencing or strung in bushes and around potted trees for added cosiness during the evenings.

For a simple water feature, try a free-standing solar powered fountain which can be placed in a bird bath or large pot filled up with water.


Share your instant garden transformations with us by tagging us in your photographs on Instagram and Facebook – we look forward to seeing them!