People eager to make the very most out of their gardens as places to entertain have the opportunity to do so with a few furniture tips from sector commentator Emma Wells.
Writing in the online pages of the Times, she suggests that a fire pit can be used to provide both heat and an innovative focal point during the summer months.
Meanwhile, art-lovers can brighten up corners of their green spaces and also increase their privacy with weather-resistant art screens.
People eager to relax in their horticultural space could well be tempted to opt for a hammock, with a wide range available and with many being able to be left outside for the entire year, she suggests.
The advice follows recent comments from Lucy Hall, deputy editor of BBC Gardeners World Magazine, who recently noted that people are increasingly moving their living spaces outdoors, with alfresco dining becoming evermore popular.