When warm weather arrives, most people prefer to be outside as much as possible, making an outdoor space more than just a garden. Today, gardens are multi-purpose areas that reflect personal interests and personalities, and are often used for the same activities that take place indoors. A garden can serve as a much-needed retreat that – when well-designed and decorated – can help to increase a home’s liveable space.

Over the next 26 days, we’ll focus on the backyard by letter, with an A to Z guide, full of smart and stylish outdoor decor ideas, along with useful and unique garden elements.

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U – Umbrellas: Bright and beautiful, colourful and cool,  a garden umbrella might be just the splash of colour you need to make your patio pop.

Whether you have a preference for strong, solid colours or vibrant patterns, there are many different umbrella options available out there. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect parasol to compliment your outdoor décor scheme.

A garden umbrella could be the missing piece to your garden puzzle. To achieve a complete and overall stylish look, first decide on what type of aesthetic and mood your garden conveys. Once you have the look you want, select an umbrella in a colour, pattern or style that helps to pull all of the other elements in the scheme together.

Not just for rain, umbrellas are also made to create shade. Look for options that have UV protection marine fabric and come with a screw fastening and tilt function. This will help to provide protection from the sun no matter what time of the day. For breezy days, a canopy with double reinforced pockets that are vented for wind release will add strength and stability.

Check out the Pool and Patio for their Top 10 picks for patio umbrellas.

Miss our last post from this A to Z guide? This guide is full of garden goodies, great ideas and practical solutions to help you create a summer-ready outdoor retreat.  Just in case: A — Al fresco dining; B — Bunting; C — Cinema; D — Daybed; E — Eco Garden Room; F — Fire Pits; G — Glow-in-the-Dark Elements; H — Herb Garden; I — Irrigation System; J — Jumbo Joss Sticks; K — Kitchenette; L — Living Wall; M — Mosaics; N — Night Lighting O — Ornaments & Sculptures; P — Pizza Ovens; Q — Quirky Accessories; R — Recycled Elements; S — Solar Shading; T — Terrariums