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Carved from a block of natural sandstone, the large Bliss sphere makes the perfect contemplative piece. Water trickles from the central infinity pool, cascading over the surface and highlighting the many shades in the stone. With reservoir, pump and cobblestones to set it on, the Bliss water feature costs from £699 for a 50cm-size sphere (0345 605 2505; www.worm.co.uk).
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A bright red sofa, pitched against a white patio wall, has similar impact to a field of scarlet poppies. Resol’s Bob outdoor sofa — made of wipe-down, UV-protected polyethylene, with painted aluminium legs — looks great indoors or outdoors. At 113cm in length, the Bob costs £600, or opt for the chair at £349.99 (01489 557600; www.llcliving.co.uk).
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The Modern Garden Company’s hemisphere side table, made of double-walled zinc, has an inset cooler bowl carved into one side to keep the bubbly and crudités nicely chilled. The Zinc Cool table measures just over a metre in diameter and 33cm high, and costs £1,753 (01279 653200; www.moderngardencompany.com).
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Transform a small, dark courtyard with a dramatic panel of verdigris bronze latticework that overlays a surface of mirror-polished stainless steel. During the day the panel reflects available light, while at night, LED lighting converts the piece into an illuminated wall sculpture. Measuring 148cm x 50cm, it costs £7,110 (01235 859300; www.davidharber.com).
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Screen off your outdoor space with mobile dividers that hold planters so flowers can push through the patterned trellis. Elmas Mobile Planter Trellis, by Michael Koenig for Flora, is available in galvanised sheet metal or powder-coated white and has fixed and swivelling castors. Buy them in two different sizes from £547 (02392 410045; www.encompassco.com).
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Trade the scrappy flowerpots for stylish architectural planters in Corten steel, the landscape designer’s material of choice that flatters both foliage and flowers. The Box is on wheels and ranges in sizes that suit plants from a single geranium to a tree. Priced at £169 for size 55cm x 43cm. From Encompassco (as before).
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One exquisite piece of sculpture can make a striking focal point when set on a lawn or in a border. Peter M Clarke’s petalled shape with tapering stamens, called Copper Pod Form V, comes in shimmering copper but is also available in a verdigris finish as well as different sizes, starting at £1,900 for size 1.4m, which includes an oak plinth (020 7435 0510; www.maureenmichaelson.com).
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Take a campfire made from a bunch of sticks, upgrade it to tubes of stainless steel and you have a cool, contemporary outdoor fireplace, whether lit or unlit. The Stix, designed by acclaimed Barcelona-based designer Hiroshi Tsunoda, is 78cm x 55cm and holds a reservoir for biofuel, which is included in the price — £1,999 (020 7834 1677; www.smartfireuk.com).