Before the colder months end, many homeowners will start to turn their attention to the summertime and think about what they can do to get the space ready for them to spend more time outdoors. Here are some great ideas you can consider for your garden today.
Create A Relaxation Space
One of the main reasons for having a garden, other than having a space for entertaining guests or letting your kids get some exercise, is to have somewhere you can relax surrounded by fresh air and nature. Turn your garden into a space for relaxation in the daytime and evening with comfortable outdoor seating, natural plant barriers to reduce noise pollution from the surrounding area, and even a firepit for those cosy summer evenings. You could also get some outdoor speakers to play some relaxing background music when you’re trying to chill out, and these can then be used when you’re entertaining guests, too.
Install A Water Feature
You could also consider installing a water feature to add to the relaxing garden vibes you’re trying to create. Whether a fully-fledged pond with a working waterfall or a decorative, artistic piece, a water feature can add a lot to an outdoor space like this. Not only can they be aesthetically pleasing, but the sound of trickling water can be quite relaxing, too.Don’t forget that it may be worth getting a professional to help install something like this unless you feel confident in your abilities and want to take this on to challenge yourself.
Create A Vegetable Plot
While gardens can work well as recreational spaces, they can also have practical value. It’s becoming increasingly popular for people to use their garden space as somewhere to grow their crops. This can be a great little hobby for those who enjoy spending time outdoors and those who wish to eat more natural foods. Growing your own food feels like a rewarding experience and can also help the environment. You’ll be supporting the local ecosystem as well as reducing your carbon footprint, too.
Change The Layout Of The Space
When renovating your garden, it’s worth thinking about the current layout of the space. You could consider moving your seating area to a better position, perhaps with more access to sunshine. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out an ideal layout, but that’s where the option to hire a landscape gardener comes in. Hiring a local landscape gardener near you is a great idea, as they will likely have some fantastic, creative ideas that you would never have considered. They can also help you bring those ideas into reality, too. Use sites like MyBuilder to find local landscape gardeners near you.
Add Some More Plants
What is a garden without at least some plants? Creating a brutalist concrete yard can be incredibly uninspiring, even if you’re the type that doesn’t do well when it comes to taking care of plants and flowers. Luckily, many plants are incredibly hardy and can essentially be forgotten about save for the occasional watering. You might also be short on space and might not want to have sections of your garden dug up to make room for flower beds. In that case, you can opt for more verticality, adding outdoor shelving with flowerpots and climbing plants to go up walls, fences or a pergola.
Install A Pergola Or Gazebo
Speaking of pergolas, these can be a brilliant addition to a garden space. They can provide you with a natural canopy once you grow plants up it, providing you with shade and some extra privacy and soundproofing. As well as a pergola, you could choose a gazebo or similar structure as a raised seating area for your garden. This can be an excellent place for you and your friends and family to relax, even if the colder, wetter months. Certain gazebos can even have a firepit installed in the centre, making the space more welcoming and cosy.
Invest In More Garden Furniture
People often forget to add more furniture when thinking of things to add to their gardens. Aside from your dedicated seating area, you could also consider adding other furniture around the garden. That way, you aren’t restricted to sitting in one garden area unless you move your potentially heavy outdoor sofa or armchair to a different space. Add a bench or a small table and chairs somewhere else in your garden. You can then use these for larger gatherings as extra seating.
Consider Outdoor Lighting
Finally, it would be best if you thought about one of the often overlooked yet no less important aspects of garden design. Lighting is essential when designing a garden space, and many options exist. Fairy lights, open-flame torches, lanterns, and solar lights are just a few of the different types of lighting you can add to your garden, which is perfect for setting the vibe during the nighttime. They can also add a level of safety to your garden, too, providing people with a better view of their surroundings without people having to spoil the atmosphere by using a torch or turning on the security light.