If you love spending time in the garden, you’ll know how important it is to have shade from the suns harsh rays. Of course, at times it’s great to top up the tan but having shaded areas at convenient points around your garden will give you entertainment space, a place to chill and read a book, shade for the pool area and a safe space for kids to hang out.

There are multiple ways you can create shaded areas in your garden. Some will require a little work and a little investment, but some can be created easily in a day. Let’s take a look at a range of shade ideas you can use in your garden, so you can enjoy your outdoor space all year round.

A Customised Shade Structure

A shade sail is one of the most cost effective, functional and stylish ways to add shade to any area of your garden. They are super durable, can be fully customised to any shape, size and style and will block up to 99% of the suns harsh UV rays. Shade sails are visually striking, will increase the curb appeal of your home and can be used to create that extra outdoor space to chill in without getting heat stroke! Get a customised shade structure for a seating area, a BBQ area, a kids play area, an entertainment area or even to cover over the pool.

A Tree with A Large Canopy

Trees are one of the best natural shade givers and are actually great for the environment and local wildlife. They obviously will take a bit of time to grow to their full height and width where they’ll give you a good amount of shade, but plant a few in the right positions and they’ll create a beautiful picnic area, shade for a seated area and even keep the side of your house cooler.

An Outdoor Shade Umbrella

Outdoor shade umbrellas are super durable and versatile and can be used to keep your car cool, to shade part of your pool, to shade an area in your backyard or to protect customers seated in the garden of your café. The most popular Outdoor Umbrellas and Cantilever Umbrellas can be rotated 360 degrees, allowing you to adjust the umbrella to block the sun out as it moves over the sky.

A Retractable Shade Sail

Retractable shade sails are a great idea, allowing you to control the amount of sun you get depending on the weather. On hotter days you can pull it totally over, blocking the sun from hitting the walls of your home and heating up the inside of your home. On cooler days you can retract the shade sail and promote more natural light and heat into your home.

A Tree House

Tree houses are not just for kids! If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden with a few decent sized trees in, you can have a modern tree house built that can be used as a unique entertainment space or just as a place to get away from the craziness of busy family life when you need to. Throw some big cushions inside, get your friends over and enjoy a day of shade, a few bottles of beer and a few funny stories.
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