15 Ways to Get Your Garden Guest-Ready for the Rule of Six

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With lockdown restrictions easing coinciding with a spell of brighter, warmer weather, it’s hard not to feel a little more optimistic about summer this year. However, with socialising limited to gardens at the moment, just as we’re emerging from a cold and wet winter, your home's great outdoors might be looking a little less than great. 

From cleaning up your garden to ensuring it is comfortable and cosy, we’ve pulled together our best ideas for optimising your outdoor space for entertaining your party of six. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.