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The Ultimate Guide to Stylish Shade: Garden Parasols

The Ultimate Guide to Stylish Shade: Garden Parasols



When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, a garden parasol can provide much-needed shade and protection from the sun. Premium parasols are elegant structures that not only provide shade on sunny days, but also add a touch of sophistication to any outdoor space. However, with so many options available, finding the perfect garden parasol can be overwhelming.

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In this ultimate guide, we'll provide you with expert tips on selecting your ideal garden parasol to elevate your outdoor living experience. As with any delicate masterpiece, it's important to understand how to properly set it up and, they also require care and attention, especially when it comes to dealing with the whims of the wind. In this guide, we will explore some best practices to selecting the right parasol and keeping it standing tall and graceful, even in the face of the most tempestuous gusts.



Understanding Your Needs


understand your needs for a parasolBefore diving into the selection process, it's crucial to assess your specific requirements. Consider the size of your outdoor space, the primary purpose of the parasol (e.g., dining, lounging, or poolside relaxation), and your stylistic preferences. Understanding these factors will guide you towards the most suitable garden parasol for your unique needs.




Types of Garden Parasols

Garden parasols can be classified according to the position of the frame, whether it is in the center of the canopy (central pole), on its side (cantilever) or wall mounted.

There are 3 types of parasol according to the position of its frame: Central Pole, Cantilever and Wall-mounted.




  • Cantilever Parasols


Cantilever parasols, also known as offset parasols, are characterized by their side-mounted design, offering maximum flexibility in positioning the shade. They are an excellent choice for larger outdoor spaces and provide unhindered shading without a central pole, making them perfect for creating a spacious and unobstructed ambiance.

  • Central pole Parasols


Central pole parasols, with their classic central pole design, are versatile and popular choices for various outdoor settings. They are available in a range of sizes and styles, making them adaptable to different aesthetics and functional requirements.




  • Wall-Mounted Parasols


For compact outdoor areas or balconies, wall-mounted parasols offer a space-saving solution while still delivering effective shade. Their ability to be affixed to walls or structures makes them an ideal choice for maximizing space without compromising on style and comfort.




Key Features to Consider when choosing a Garden Parasol


 key features to look for in the materials of parasols

Material and Durability

The durability of a garden parasol is a crucial factor to consider, especially if you intend to use it for an extended period.
The main things to look for are the materials for the:
CANOPY: It's important to choose a parasol made from durable materials to guarantee long-term functionality and aesthetic appeal, including fabric material and easy it is to clean it. 
FRAME: Pole and ribs. High-quality parasols are typically constructed from materials such as powder coated aluminum, hardwood, or steel, ensuring longevity and resistance to outdoor elements. 
BASE: the best parasols in the market offer strength in the form of a heavy base that can withstand most winds. It is important to invest in sturdy parasols that won't be dragged and ruin your outdoor experience.

Let's dive into these categories in more detail.

Canopy Design and Fabrics

The canopy design and fabrics play a significant role in the overall style and functionality of a garden parasol. Opt for a canopy fabric that offers UV protection and is resistant to fading, ensuring that it provides reliable shade while maintaining its vibrant appearance.

Additionally, consider the design elements such as shape, colour, and pattern to complement your outdoor decor and create a visually appealing space.

Our range of Jardinico Parasols are made from 100% recyclable Sunbrella® fabric.



Jardinico canopies come with a LOXX® system  to easily attach and remove the canopy, ideal for cleaning and maintenance. 




Harness the Power of Technology

Modern technology can enhance the performance of your garden parasol. It is not enough to be able to open and close it safely, but they should be engineered for these tasks to be completed with ease and reliability.

Our Jardinico Parasols come with a frame with either a central pole or a cantilever.



Central pole parasols from the JCP1 series come with a push-up hub system. Their size is perfect for smaller gardens and terraces. Central pole parasols from the JCP2 series have a telescopic hub system, rotating the handle can easily open and close these larger parasols.



For parasols with a cantilever, like the ones from the JCP3 and JCP4 series are engineered with an easy-to-use slider and crank handle.

These features make using a luxury parasol a breeze and impress with their slick design and sturdiness but overall incredible ease of use.  

Look for parasols with wind-resistant features, such as flexible frames and vented canopies. These ingenious designs allow the wind to pass through, reducing the risk of your parasol being swept away.


Choose a Sturdy & Stable Base

The foundation of a stable garden parasol lies in its base. Opt for a base that is heavy enough to withstand strong winds. Generally, an in-ground base made of concrete is ideal for providing stability and preventing your parasol from toppling over.



However, there are occasions when you would like the flexibility to move the parasol around your garden or terrace. If you are having a relaxing time in your outdoor seating area you may want shade to avoid “glancing face”, or the sun in your eyes that makes you glance and look funny! Especially when entertaining visitors. And then you would like to move on to the dining table and enjoy that good barbeque.

Enter the Jardinico series of luxury parasols that can be either fixed on a plate or mounted on 4 wheels. The base is made of hot galvanized, and powder coated steel plates with weights that are strong to withstand most gales. All Jardinico parasols come with 4 wheels, each with a brake to secure the umbrella. Either option will secure your parasol securely to the ground.





Maintaining you Garden Parasol


Ease of Use and Maintenance:

 A stylish garden parasol should not only enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor space but also be practical and easy to use. Features such as a smooth opening mechanism, adjustable tilt, and removable canopy for easy cleaning can significantly enhance the usability of the parasol. Prioritizing these convenient features can simplify maintenance and ensure a seamless experience when using the parasol.



You can maintain and clean your canopy by following a few simple steps

■  Brush off loose dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric.

■  Hose down.

■  Spot clean soon after stains occur with water and mild soap or a textile cleaner (no detergents).

■  Use a soft bristle brush to clean.

■  Allow soap to soak in.

■  Rinse thoroughly.

■  Always let the canopy air dry completely before storing or covering.

■  Machine wash in cold water. Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry detergent and add 1 cup of bleach.

■  Allow fabric to air dry.





Clean the aluminium frame with a damp cloth, mild soap and water. Do not use any sharp tool to avoid scratches.


Master the Art of Closure

When the wind picks up its pace, it's time to gracefully close your garden parasol. Just as a poet knows when to end a verse, you must know when to protect your parasol from the elements. By closing it when not in use, you not only safeguard it from potential damage but also extend its lifespan, ensuring it remains a cherished piece of your outdoor sanctuary for years to come.

The umbrella should be protected against blurring or damage by using its protection cover. All Jardinico parasols come with a protection cover. The protection cover can be placed over the umbrella and pole. If possible, move the umbrella to a dry place when not in use.


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Stay on top of the winds: Position the parasol strategically

Positioning your garden parasol is an art form in itself. To protect it from the wind, place it in a sheltered spot, away from open areas where gusts may be stronger. Consider the natural flow of the wind in your garden and position your parasol accordingly, allowing it to gracefully dance with the breeze rather than fight against it. Place it in a sheltered area, such as against a wall or near tall plants, to create a natural windbreak. This will help reduce the impact of strong gusts and minimize the risk of damage.

If you frequently experience strong winds in your area, keep track of the wind forecast and your parasol’s max wind speed. Jardinico parasols come with a recommended wind speed to which the parasols can be exposed. The umbrella should never be used in strong wind conditions. An open umbrella should never be left unattended, and we refer back to our previous but important point: close the umbrella when not in use.


We created a Quick Reference Guide to Wind Scales to help you stay on top of wind terminology and conditions in your area. 


Store the parasol during extreme weather

When the wind picks up or under extreme weather conditions, it's best to close your garden parasol to prevent it from getting damaged. This will protect it from potential damage and prolong its lifespan. Even the sturdiest parasols can be vulnerable to strong gusts. By closing it, you'll protect the fabric and framework from potential harm. You should always keep it in its cover to keep it safe during the off-season.


Regularly inspect and maintain your parasol

Keep your garden parasol in top condition by regularly inspecting and maintaining it. Check for any loose screws or damaged parts that may compromise its stability. Clean the fabric and frame as recommended by the manufacturer to ensure its longevity.


Final Thoughts

Selecting the perfect garden parasol is a decision that can elevate the comfort and style of your outdoor living area. By considering factors such as size, type, material, canopy design, and usability, you can make an informed choice that perfectly complements your outdoor space. Whether you envision a classic, elegant parasol or a modern, versatile option, this guide equips you with the knowledge to select a stylish shade that enhances your outdoor experience.


By following this Ultimate Guide to Stylish Shade, you can choose your garden parasol with confidence and enjoy the outdoors with peace of mind, knowing that your garden parasol is securely anchored and protected from the wind. Remember, safety should always be a priority when it comes to outdoor furniture, so take the necessary precautions to ensure a pleasant and worry-free experience.


In conclusion, when it comes to garden parasols, the options are diverse, and making the right choice requires careful consideration of your specific needs and preferences. By understanding the distinct features and benefits of various types of garden parasols, you can confidently select the perfect shade solution for your outdoor space.


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