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3 ways to create shade in your garden

With the weather hotting up, it’s a great opportunity to make the most of your garden or outdoor space. But as sitting in the full heat of the sun isn’t advisable, here are three ways to create shade in your garden.

1. Shade Sail

How to create shade in your garden

Garden shade sail

This triangular shade sail is a nice alternative to a garden umbrella, parasol or gazebo. Position it where you wish, between trees, shrubs or overhanging a patio, deck or balcony, and enjoy the shade is provides. There are no awkward legs to avoid and, if it does rain, the water should roll off the shade.

The shade sail is available in green or beige and costs £49.99 from Greenfingers.

2. Pop Up Garden Gazebo with Side Panels

Create shade in your garden with a gazebo

Super shady gazebo

Garden gazebos have become really popular over the last decade, as they provide a large area of shade for lots of people to sit under. They’re good if you’ve got young children who want to play outside, as there’s plenty of space for them to move around underneath the gazebo,whilst still leaving room for you to sit underneath it.

Whilst many gazebos have open sides, this pop up garden gazebo has enclosed sides, which can give a bit more protection from the sun, wind and, if you’re unlucky enough to get any, light rain showers. The clear window effect on the back panel helps prevent it from feeling too enclosed or claustrophobic.

It’s only £19.99 from Homebase, so is an affordable option too.

3. Alexander Rose Garden Parasol

Summer skin garden sun safety

Sunshade for your garden

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic garden parasol. Ideal for using in conjunction with a garden table when you’re dining outside, this Alexander Rose wooden garden sunshade has a pulley mechanism for opening and shutting and is available in navy blue, ecru, green or taupe.

It costs £99 from Dobbies.

For more garden shade ideas, you may like to check out our previous, older post on five of the best garden parasols.

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