Tropical garden makeover with tiki bar and outdoor sofa

When the owner bought this three-bed Thirties house in Surrey back in 2013, it was a total mess. ‘It took time to get it looking how I wanted,’ she admits. ‘I rented out the spare bedroom to a housemate, but it wasn’t until a year ago that I decided it was time to do something with the garden.’

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‘It was scruffy, ugly to look at and 
was really in need of a makeover if I was 
going to be able to use the space. The garden is about 80ft long and was going to be a lot of work, but luckily the owner had a few family members who said they’d help, which was a godsend.’

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‘The first step was to landscape the grass area, to get 
it nice and flat,’ the owner continues. ‘There was an old pond 
and a rockery, which we removed, and 
I thought about laying a new lawn as the grass was really patchy, but I realised that I didn’t want to spend time mowing it. Instead, I opted for artificial grass and it’s a much easier option.’

‘I also picked a smaller bistro set 
in bright pink and orange from eBay to give us a bit more seating – it’s a brand new set from George Home and it works perfectly with the vibrant colour scheme.’

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‘Next, I had decking built at the back and front of the garden so that we 
could have an area for seating. It made a huge difference and we stained it with oil rather than painting it as I quite like the colour of wood,’ she goes on. ‘Then I spotted a picture of a small tiki bar in a magazine, and I just knew I had to have one.’

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‘I was at a family barbecue and happened to show it to my uncle, who said he would be able to make me one,’ says the owner. ‘
It only took him a weekend to build, and then I had electrics put in so we can plug in a blender for cocktails, along with some cheerful neon LED lights and optics. It’s always good fun at parties as everyone wants to play bartender!’

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‘I knew we needed an outdoor dining set but I wanted a big sofa, too. I found this corner sofa set on Amazon, which is great as it comes with a dining table and stools.’

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‘One thing that didn’t look part of the new garden scheme was the big brick garage, but I couldn’t think how best to disguise it. Then someone suggested getting a bespoke artwork painted on it by Dave Nash of Gnasher Murals. I asked for a secret garden image, so that it looks like another outdoor space.’

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‘I didn’t go mad with plants but I had some borders made out of sleepers and planted some palms and ferns and hardy bushes. I went to Dobbies and chose a selection to suit the tropical theme – everything from cacti to ferns which really give a lush look. We’ve had lots of fun decorating it with flamingo and pineapple accessories – it’s a totally tropical haven!’

Post Source: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/garden/tropical-garden-makeover-with-tiki-bar-208340

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