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Gazebos

There can be few things in life quite as pleasant and relaxing as pottering about in the garden on a warm summer's day. The advantages of having a garden in the summer months are numerous. A beautiful, colourful garden lifts the spirits and can even improve your health. As well as providing an outlet for exercise - research shows that an hour in the garden is roughly equivalent to a four mile jog - the exposure to the sun is a useful way to top up essential Vitamin D levels, as long as you remember to slap on some sun cream when necessary.

A well-kept garden is a beautiful thing - a place to go and immerse yourself in fabulous colours and scents. Why not start a vegetable and herb patch and grow your own food? Moreover, a summer garden is a place for family, whether it's to work together, eat together or play together. The addition of a gazebo provides a place to escape to when the sun is at its hottest, or in the event of a summer rain shower.

When it comes to planting for the summer, the key is to focus on colour and scent. This is when daylight levels are at their strongest and the evening light creates a canvas of changing colour across the garden. Bedding plants are a popular choice at this time of year, such as begonias, geraniums, petunias, nicotianas and marigolds. These are plants that make a star turn at a particular stage of the year, and all of the plants listed above come into their own in the summer months. Roses reach the main flush of bloom in the early to late summer months and these will add colour and wonderful smells to any garden. It's also a good idea to cut the garden once a week during the summer months, as this makes the grass thicker and prevents weeds from sprouting up.

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