Choosing your garden parasol

Garden parasols, also known as a sun umbrella, are a summer essential, ensuring your outdoor space stays cool and shaded on those glorious sunny days. From enjoying leisurely afternoons on the patio to entertaining guests in the garden, our garden parasols offer a versatile solution for your shading needs. Ideal for any and all garden settings, our classic parasols come in a variety of sizes and styles, so it's easy to choose the perfect parasol for your outdoor space. Discover the ideal blend of style and functionality with our extensive collection, which includes: 

Traditional garden parasols

A traditional outdoor parasol is simple to set up and is a charming way to shield from the sun. Select a small or a large parasol according to the size of your garden and the space you want to cover.To keep things extra safe and secure, buy a sun umbrella and stand together. Make your garden a gorgeous hideaway and browse our traditional garden parasols in a variety of styles and colours. 

Cantilever parasols 

For a sun parasol with added flexibility, choose a cantilever model that allows you to easily adjust the angle and positioning to block the sun. They’re easy to set up, making them a convenient and practical addition to your outdoor furniture. We have rectangular and round designs in understated shades of sand or grey, or colour pop styles in blue and green. 

Enhance your garden parasol

A garden parasol or garden umbrella is a great addition to your garden or patio, with styles to suit traditional, country or urban garden retreats. As well as being a great design choice, you can take things up a notch with parasol accessories designed to enhance your parasol and prolong its life. Keep everything secure and stop the wind blowing over your garden parasol, with base options available in concrete, metal or wood. To make even more of a feature of your outdoor umbrella, consider adding parasol heaters so you can stay outside even when it gets a little chilly. Finally, to protect and maintain your garden or patio parasol, invest in a cover designed to fit over your parasol and prevent weather damage.

  • How do I stop my sun parasol being blown over?

    To prevent your sun parasol from being blown over, the best option is to make sure you have a sturdy base for your parasol. You can choose a metal, concrete or wooden base for your parasol depending on your desired aesthetic. When not in use, it's a good idea to close and secure your outdoor umbrella to prevent wind from catching it. Finally, if you know strong winds are forecast, we advise removing the parasol completely and storing it away until the weather improves.

  • Is a garden parasol better than a pergola?

    A garden parasol is more portable and so can provide shade and protection from the sun in various locations within the garden. It’s easy to set up and take down, making it ideal for temporary shade. A pergola is a more permanent structure that can add aesthetic value to your outdoor space while providing a solid and long-lasting shade solution. Pergolas can also support climbing plants and create a more intimate and cosy atmosphere. Choosing between a garden parasol and a pergola will depend on several factors, such as space availability, design preferences, and budget.

  • How do I choose a garden parasol?

    When choosing a parasol umbrella, there are a few factors to consider. First, think about the size of the parasol and how much coverage you need. Consider the space you have available in your garden or patio area and whether you need a small parasol or have room for something bigger. Think about the style and design of the parasol to ensure it fits with the aesthetic of your outdoor space and the materials and fabrics you prefer. The Genesis 3.5m Round Aluminium Cantilever Parasol is a round cantilever parasol that fits in well with urban and modern gardens, while the Antigua Rectangular Aluminium Traditional Parasol comes in a beautiful shade of green and adds a bold and fun pop of colour to your outdoor space.

  • Can I leave my garden umbrella out in the winter?

    We recommend storing your garden umbrella indoors or in a protected area during the winter months to prolong its lifespan and ensure that it remains in good condition for future use. This is because winter conditions such as snow, ice, and strong winds can damage the umbrella fabric, frame, and mechanism. However, we understand that due to their size, it is not always easy to find a place to store them. Buying a parasol cover designed to fit your specific garden parasol can help you to keep it outside in any weather.