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Breezer contemporary garden parasol

Monday, June 4th, 2012
Contemporary garden parasol canopy

Breezer flag garden parasol

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in full swing and flags flying high, this contemporary garden parasol seemed rather an appropriate item to feature.

Designed by Sywawa, the large canopy-style parasol has dozens of white flags hanging from the top of the canopy.

In addition to providing an unusual textural element to the design, the flags also add movement as they flutter and swirl as they get caught by the breeze – which explains why it’s called Breezer!

The Breezer garden parasol has a brushed stainless steel pole and base and is available in either white powder coated steel or anthracite grey from Go Modern.

Fresh Finds: Bargain garden parasol

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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A garden parasol is essential for ensuring you have much needed shade on hot days, and helps reduce the risk of getting sunburnt if you’re sitting outside. If you haven’t got a huge budget to spend on a garden parasol, then these two options are currently available for under £40.

The parasol poles are made from FSC eucalyptus wood, work with a pulley system and have added UV protection included in the canopy.

Available in lido blue or coral, the parasols currently cost £39.20 each from John Lewis.

For more garden shade ideas, check out our guide to five of the best garden parasols.

Heal’s multi colour parasol

Thursday, July 1st, 2010
Multicoloured parasol

Multicoloured parasol

If you’re in need of shade when sitting in your garden or on the beach – and with our current weather, shade has been much appreciated – then a parasol or sun umbrella is the perfect way of ensuring you’ve always got shade when you need it.

This big and bright garden parasol caught our eye at Heal’s. Made exclusively for Heal’s, it features panels of five bright colours - red, pink, blue, green and yellow – and is guaranteed to add a splash of colour to your patio or garden.

The fabric is made from Dralon, which is hard wearing and, apparently, resistant to dirt. The multi coloured parasol measures 200cm in diameter and currently has £25 off the usual price. Buy it from Heal’s.

Functional cube sun shade base

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Sywawa cube multi-purpose sun shade base

Sywawa cube multi-purpose sun shade base

We love products that are functional and it’s even better when they can be multi-use too. Thanks to Pierre, who commented on the 5 of the best garden parasols post, we discovered Sywawa and, more importantly, this very nifty functional cube sun shade base.

Designed by Jan Melis for Sywawa, the cube works as a stylish base for a sun umbrella, sun shade or parasol, but can also be transformed into a handy pouffe, or seat too. Just turn it upside down (with the umbrella removed!), pop on the matching cushion, and viola, you have a seat!

The cube base is a lovely modern design to use in your garden and is available in several colours. If you don’t want to use it as a seat, then it would also make a handy table.

One of the stockists in the UK is Made In Design, who have the green cube sun shade base available for £193.

Five of the best garden parasols

Monday, June 29th, 2009

It’s lovely to have hot, sunny days, but in order to make the most of your garden during the hot weather, a parasol is essential for providing some shade. Whether you’re sitting out relaxing, or dining alfresco, then here’s our pick of five of the best garden parasols.

1. Hardwood parasols are a long-term favourite and this Princess parasol, designed by Paul Reef Parasols, features a classic green woven polyester top with a hardwood pole.

The parasol top is coated with 3M Scotchguard and it has vents in the top too, to help prevent it taking off. In order to put the parasol up and down easily, there is a four-pulley corded system. The hardwood pole is nice and sturdy and is finished off with brass fittings.

Lakeland hardwood Princess parasol

Lakeland hardwood Princess parasol

The Princess parasol is available from Amazon for £109 and it comes complete with a heavy duty zipped storage bag.

2. This is a very nifty freestanding garden parasol from John Lewis. The clever design means that you can easily position your chair or sun lounger underneath the parasol, rather than to the side of it, and you don’t have to have it positioned in the centre of a table either.

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Freestanding garden parasol

The only slight downside is that you do need to have four 45cm x 45cm paving slabs for the base. That aside, the John Lewis freestanding garden parasol in ecru is available for £119.20.

3. To add a bit of colour into your garden, how about this multi coloured stripe Zanzibar parasol?

Modern and contemporary garden parasols

Stripe parasol

The base is made from eucalyptus wood, the shade has UV30 protection and is made from polyester.

The Zanzibar stripe parasol costs £99 from Marks and Spencer.

4. This large oriental tilting garden parasol, provides plenty of shade in a stylish way. Unlike some parasols, there’s as much of a design element in the underside of the parasol, which you get to see when sitting underneath it.

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Oriental garden parasol

The parasol frame is made from aluminium and the canopy from UV resistant polyester. The oriental tilting garden parasol costs £96.98 from Posh Garden Furniture on Bouf (plus, there’s free P&P to the UK!).

5. If you need more than just a parasol, then there are some well priced garden furniture sets available, which include a parasol. This Lattice six piece patio set from Asda is a good buy at £150.

Bargain garden parasol and patio set

Red parasol and patio furniture

The cherry red garden parasol measures 200cm, plus you get four dining style chairs with red cushions and a table. The Lattice patio set is available to buy from Asda.

Updated May 2012

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