4 Ways To Create A Cosy Garden

A garden is an extension of your home. Whether you use it as a space to relax and unwind after work or to entertain guests at the weekend, you want it to be somewhere you love and enjoy spending time.

Here are four ways you can improve the look and feel of your outdoor space and create a cosy garden with an outdoor-indoor vibe.

Create a Relaxing Seating Area

When it comes to making you and your guests comfortable, outdoor seating is key. Think about how you’re going to be using the space to guide you on what seating options will work best. For example, if you’re planning to kick back and read a book in the sun, a freestanding hammock might make an excellent addition. If you’re planning to throw a garden party, plenty of practical but comfortable seating like cushioned chairs, sofas or benches might work better.

Don’t forget those all-important finishing touches like pillows and throws for extra comfort and homeliness. You’ll want to opt for sturdier fabrics for outdoors, that can easily be machine-washed or wiped clean.

Add Greenery

It sounds obvious, but incorporating calming greenery and plants into your outdoor space will help create the right ambience in your garden.

Depending on the space you have, you might want to use potted plants or containers, hanging baskets, or create a vertical garden. You could also use a trellis to support upward-growing plants to cover fence panels or walls, making you and your guests feel cocooned in greenery.

When choosing plants for your containers, baskets, and flower beds, think about mixing pretty flowering varieties with edible plants like fruits, vegetables, and herbs that you can use in your kitchen. There’s nothing quite like eating something you’ve grown yourself and your guests are bound to be impressed too!

Baby tomato plants work well in smaller pots or baskets and can be grown on sunny patios or decks. Herbs are perfect for adorning windowsills and some, like mint, will spread quickly to fill a space if planted directly in the ground.

Opting for plants and flowers with varied colours, textures, and fragrances will make sitting out in your garden a multisensory experience.

Use Soft Lighting

Enhance the cosy vibe of your garden with mood lighting such as string lights, and lanterns around seating areas and any features you want to draw attention to. You can also use solar-powered lamps along walkways and near steps for safety when entertaining in the evening or using your garden in the darker winter months.

Introduce a Fire or Water Feature

Adding a water feature like a fountain ponds, or small waterfall can add a soothing element to your garden. As well as creating a peaceful ambience, the background sound of flowing water can drown out unwanted noise from the surroundings, like busy roads, and offer privacy from neighbouring houses and gardens.

Meanwhile, a fire pit, chiminea, or portable fireplace can give much-needed warmth on cooler days and on those summer evenings when the sun has gone in. It can also create a focal point for gatherings, where you and your guests can toast marshmallows, tell stories or simply sit and watch the flames.

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