We all know the best time to enjoy your outdoor living spaces is in the summer when the breeze is blowing, the birds are chirping and the sun is shining. Feels like a million days away, but the nights are noticeably drawing out, and the winds of seasonal change are in the air.

The have been a few warmer days that have encouraged us to use the garden again, and to start getting it summer ready. But with careful planning, those patio areas can  still be useable in unfavourable weather conditions.

Fresh air is good for us, and so is spending time in nature. This is why it is important that you set up a weatherproof space to allow you to have fun, bask, and derive entertainment in your garden oasis all year.

Here are some helpful strategies that will help you make your outdoor space functional and stylish for months on end.

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A pergola with roof would ensure a shady area in any heat wave for your garden furniture seating area

Stay cool with shade structures

The months of June, July, and August usually have homeowners scampering inside the home for some shaded respite. But you can continue to make the most of your outdoor space even when there is so much heat.

By incorporating shade structures into your garden landscape design, you can keep your patio and decks from the sweltering summer heat, improving your level of comfort. You should have some outdoor furniture here for relaxing, with some perennials in a planter to all year long colour.

You can get a pergola, patio enclosure with blinds or gazebo to limit how much sunlight gets into your patio or deck area while keeping your loved ones and guests from harsh environmental conditions like wind or rain.

weatherproof garden furniture
Wood or rattan furniture is better for sustainability

Add low maintenance with weatherproof furniture

Weatherproof furniture can improve the durability and functionality of your outside space, no matter the weather. Even though it isn’t advisable to keep your furniture outside throughout the year, the ones that can withstand harsh weather conditions are highly advantageous.

Ensure you opt for anti-fade, UV-resistant outdoor material on your seating. For instance, a low-maintenance composite decking board will be highly functional in areas with a lot of precipitation.

Wooden benches and wicker garden chairs do not require a lot of maintenance to retain their looks and beauty all year round. Even cast iron table sets are stylish and durable and can add a touch of elegance to your outdoor spaces.

It’s also advisable to get a chest for winter storage of cushions and pillows, although these should be waterproof fabric and materials for any unexpected showers.

Get a canopy with awnings and umbrellas

Another alternative you can consider is an umbrella or awning. They are effective for privacy and shade from the sun. Many UK homeowners use retractable awnings to add style and functionality to their yards. It is flexible enough to minimise heat during the day and retract in the evening, giving you a view of the beautiful night sky.

fire pit and garden furniture
Fire pits should be central to any social seating, but always be mindful of young children

Warm it up with a fireplace or fire pit

Adding a firepit or fireplace is a great way to improve the comfort you derive from your outdoors area with some extra warmth. They are highly beneficial. They can warm up the space during cold weather and serve as a source of lighting.

They can also beautify your decking area or backyard by serving as a focal point, creating an area for gathering and entertainment, and can be designed with your planters to make the most of the all season outdoor space.

Weather-focused landscaping

You can grow flowering plants, bushes, and trees along the perimeter of your home exterior to serve as cover from the weather while improving your yard’s aesthetics. Some examples of shade trees in urban areas are Oak, Beech, Horse Chestnut, Sycamore, Weeping Willow, Green Ash, Pine, and London Plane. These trees can minimise the impact of wind on your patio or deck, and are resilient in extreme weather events.

If you need these trees for privacy, all of the above are deciduous trees, so you can ensure some greenery shields with lower level evergreen shrubs.

Remember to consider the size, growth habit, and specific requirements of each tree before planting them in your garden. It’s also essential to ensure they are suitable for your specific climate and soil conditions. Consulting with a local garden centre or arborist can provide you with more specific advice tailored to your garden’s needs.

Before choosing the kind of plants or landscaping, ensure you consider the kind of weather you want to create coverage for. But remember trees are essential to improving air quality.


In this article, we shared ways in which you can improve the comfort and functionality of your outdoor space, regardless of the weather conditions. This way, your outdoor living space can stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws at it.