Summer gardens are the perfect place to gather with friends and family for a lazy get-together. This year there may not be weddings and festivals filling our calendars, but by following government guidelines around social distancing, we'll still be able to meet up for a low-key garden party. Create a soft, romantic summer scene with pastel pink planting and delicious rose-coloured recipes.
An alternative to a prettily-decorated table, if you're short on space, is to encourage guests to pick up their cup and plate and adopt a picnic mentality. One person can sit at a small side-table, another two can camp out on the grass, and the others can sit on chairs brought out from the dining room. Balancing your plate on your lap isn't really an inconvenience, after all — it actually adds to the summer camaraderie.
Will you be hosting a laidback garden party this year? How will you make it festive for your guests? Share your photos with us on Instagram with the hashtag #thejoyofplants — we'd love to see them.