Providing shade in the garden is important, especially over patio furniture, and this is where a substantial cantilever parasol is useful. As the name suggests, these styles are fixed into a heavy base and the canopy hangs over the area to be shaded.
Large garden umbrellas of this style are perfect for siting over sofas, dining sets, or even over spas, as they usually offer a rotational operation, so you can manoeuvre it to provide shade where required. These designs are sometimes referred to as side-post parasols. Some of the UK's leading parasol manufacturers such as Bramblecrest, Maze Rattan, Royalcraft, and Alexander Rose, all manufacture round or square cantilever parasols. Within these ranges are options with 360-degree rotation and up to 45-degree tilting, perfect for situations where there is low sun.
The actual canopy fabric is important for blocking UV rays, and some come with a 50 UPF resistance. Bramblecrest, Life, and Alexander Rose are perfect examples of these sun protective umbrellas. Maze rattan have developed a cantilever which has a banana shape frame - an affordable, high quality 3m diameter option in both grey or beige to suit the furniture. For the commercial market, Bambrella have developed a range of bamboo cantilever side wind parasols from 2m to 4m in size. They are wind tunnel tested to 90km/h and are designed for commercial use or exposed windy gardens.
You may be interested in extending your time outdoors by adding an outdoor patio heater, as these allow you to keep warm outdoors and enjoy your garden late into the evening.