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Best Garden Parasols - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

10 best garden parasols and bases for summer

Find the perfect parasol inspiration for your garden.

Nothing says summer like lazy afternoons in the garden and to help keep you cool and shaded beneath the sun’s rays, why not add a practical and stylish umbrella to your outdoor space.


The right garden parasol could be the finishing touch to your garden seating ideas or perfect the relaxed ambience created by the best deckchairs, so we’ve compiled a collection of bold, sophisticated, bohemian and statement-making garden parasols, to help you make the right choice for your space.

Some are designed specifically as a garden table umbrella, others are leaning, freestanding or come with their own garden parasol base.

Whatever your style and practical needs, there’s a garden parasol to help you stay safe in the shade this summer.

For more garden furniture, read our guides to the best garden rugs and best garden hammocks.

Best parasols and umbrellas for the garden

Browse our selection of garden parasols below;


Hanway Garden Parasol and Table

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Hanway Garden Parasol and Table

This garden table umbrella set includes a stylish, wicker and glass table, which forms the unique garden parasol base. The classic ash wood pole supports a wide, black fabric canopy and comes with a waterproof sleeve to keep it protected when it’s not in use.

Price: £590

Buy Hanway Garden Parasol at Oka


Coral Parasol

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Coral Parasol

This pretty coral parasol is a real feature point for a garden patio. Using a handy crank to open the canopy, this well-priced garden parasol offers ideal shading on sunny days. The umbrella doesn’t come with a base, so it will need to be weighted separately but it comes with a one year guarantee.

Price: £39

Buy Coral Parasol at Dunelm


Overhanging Parasol

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Overhanging Parasol

A modern take on the classic parasol, this lightly waterproof garden umbrella can withstand showers and includes air vents to reduce the impact of the wind. The shade can also be tilted so you can angle it to block the sun’s rays wherever you’re sitting and the overhanging design allows it to sit on the perimeter of other garden furniture, rather than getting in the way, right in the centre.

Price: £60

Buy Overhanging Parasol at Wilko


Bahamas Parasol

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Bahamas Parasol

This Tropical garden parasol offers a real taste of paradise. Made from braided fir and vegetable fiber with a wooden pole it’s available in a choice of two sizes and brings a a touch of the beach to your back garden.

Price: £88

Buy Bahamas Parasol at Maison du Monde


Fatboy Stripe Parasol with Base

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Fatboy Stripe Parasol with Base

Fatboy’s nautical striped umbrella has a machine-washable cover to help keep it in tip-top condition and its own garden parasol base so it stays weighted in place. The stripes are printed to give the impression of being hand painted and come in either blue or grey.

Price: £649

Buy Fatboy Stripe Parasol with Base at Amara


Costway Outdoor Parasol

Costway Outdoor Parasol - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Costway Outdoor Parasol

We love this garden parasols for its clever inclusion of LED lights. Solar-powered, the lights soak up the suns rays through the day and then come on once light levels start to drop and the evenings set in, creating a twinkling ambiance that’s perfect for socialising on summer nights.

Price: from £139.95

Buy Costway Outdoor Parasol at Amazon


William Bamboo Parasol

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William Bamboo Parasol

This ornate garden umbrella is printed with a genuine William Morris design and mounted onto a hand-carved wooden pole with solid brass joins. An iconic addition to any garden, this hand-made parasol is a true show-stopper.

Price: £450

Buy William Bamboo Parasol at East London Parasol


Christow Garden Parasol

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Christow Garden Parasol

If you have a smaller garden, this compact parasol could be a chic choice. Available in four muted tones and with a strong pole made of steel it has a simple handle to open and close the shade. This reasonably priced parasol doesn’t include a base, so you would need to purchase it separately or add it to a weight you already have.

Price: £39.99

Buy Christow Parasol at Amazon


Ipanema Fruit Garden Parasol

Ipanema Fruit Garden Parasol - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Ipanema Fruit Garden Parasol

Add a splash of tropical fun to your home with this vibrant garden table umbrella. With lots of personality for your pennies this lightly waterproof garden umbrella also has a water repellent fabric to help keep you dry. It’s guaranteed for one year.

Price: £18

Buy Garden Parasol at Argos


Khaki Parasol and Base

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Khaki Parasol and Base

A refined and stylish choice, this umbrella includes a garden parasol base made from granite to keep it steady and is crafted from non toxic bamboo, so it’a great sustainable choice. Thanks to the included base, this could easily be either a free-standing or garden table umbrella depending on your needs.

Price: £560


Buy Khaki Parasol and Base at Garden Trading