With several months of autumn and winter ahead of us until spring arrives, it would be a real shame to put our gardens to bed and miss out on the atmosphere that an alfresco cold weather setting can bring. Think of après ski or, a little closer to home, bonfire night and the joy that comes from being wrapped up warm but out in the fresh air.
Natural light at this time of year is magical – low and golden – but it needs a helping hand to create the sense of warmth that’s going to tempt you outside. As with your interior, light your garden in layers. String up fairy or festoon lights as the upper layer, make use of tall, cordless table lamps like our Hanover as the mid-layer, and then finish with plenty of candlelight. Hurricane vases and lanterns are perfect as they’ll protect the flames against breezes, while tealights in glass holders are simple and inexpensive yet, en masse, incredibly effective.