How to create shade in your garden

how to create shade in your garden

Theoretically, we love the warm weather (well, we moan when it’s cold and gloomy in any case!). However, there’s warm and then there’s this summer, which has been a bit too hot. With UK temperatures right now reaching up to 34°C, we thought we’d tell you how to create shade in your garden.

Googling ‘how to create shade in your garden’? You’ve come to the right place. The helpful gardening experts at online garden centre GardeningExpress.co.uk have explained to us exactly how to do just that.

There are loads of reasons to stay cool and create shade in your garden. Firstly, you reduce the risk of skin cancer. Secondly, you’re less likely to burn. Thirdly, constant direct sun isn’t for everyone and the shade has a much more breezy and less intense vibe. However, for safety, you should always wear sunscreen even if you’re in the shade.

So how do you create shade in your garden? Just follow these handy steps:

Invest in a parasol

It may seem obvious, but this is the easiest way to create shade in your garden. “The easiest way to create a shady spot in your garden is by purchasing a parasol,” say GardeningExpress.co.uk. “You can buy freestanding parasols that are easy to move around the garden, allowing you to create a shady spot anywhere.”

how to create shade in your garden using a parasol
Buy a parasol for some much-needed shade. Photography: iStock.
Look into shade sails

“Shade sails get hooked onto your home, trees or posts and allow a sheet to sit on top,” explain GardeningExpress.co.uk. “They block out any direct sunlight and create shade in your garden. The good thing about this option is that the sides are left open, which will bring in a nice breeze.”

A modern house terrace in summer with table and shade sail
Create shade in your garden by using a shade sail. Photography: iStock.
Buy and put up some hanging plants

“You might not have space in your garden to grow plants and trees to create shade,” our garden experts acknowledge. “However, the good thing is you can replicate this with hanging plants. Plants such as English Ivy and ferns are great for this because they’re full and leafy. They look great and will continue to grow in the shade, which is a bonus.”

how to create shade in your garden using plants
Ferns are so lush and verdant and make your garden far more shady. Photography: iStock.
Think about investing in a pergola stand, because they provide ample shade

“Depending on the size of your garden and your budget, you may want to consider a pergola stand,” the experts at GardeningExpress.co.uk suggest. “These are great long-term investments for those who actually spend a lot of time outside. Their build provides relief from harsh sun and they create shade in your garden. However, they don’t actually block the sun out.”

a garden pergola with flowers
A pergola could be a worthwhile investment if you’re planning to spend lots of time in the sun. Photography: iStock.
Invest in the right garden furniture

“If you prefer the shade, then make sure you invest in the right garden furniture,” say GardeningExpress.co.uk. “Some garden sofas nowadays come with a built-in canopy. Not only will this save you the expense of buying one separately, but it will match your furniture. Also, the prices of these kinds of sofas aren’t generally more expensive than other garden sofas.” Alternatively, you could opt for a shaded outdoor daybed.

how to create shade in your garden  using an outdoor daybed
Opt for a sofa or daybed with a canopy to shelter yourself from the sun. Photography: iStock.
Use plants and trees to block the sun

“Positioning plants and trees will create a dappled shade,” say the garden experts from GardeningExpress.co.uk. “This will be enough for those who are looking to get away from the sun. We recommend Cotinus Coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ or bamboo and silver birches for this.”

European smoke tree
Cotinus Coggygria, also known as European smoketree, will help block out the sun. Photography: iStock.

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Planning to spend lots of time in the garden this summer? Then check out our latest feature on garden furniture.

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