Having a garden of your own is a dream for many people. It can be a space for playing games and sports, running around with the kids, sunbathing, reading, enjoying some al fresco dining, or even doing some actual gardening! However, not all gardens are created equal, and if you find that you’re not making the most of your outdoor space, then it might be time for an upgrade. This could be as simple as replacing your worn-out garden furniture with a new table and chairs, but if you’re looking for something a little more substantial here are some ideas to get you inspired.
Add a conservatory
Sometimes, the best way to ensure that you spend more time in the garden and that the space fulfills your needs is to blur the barrier between the inside and outside of your home. One of the most effective ways to do that is to add a conservatory. Thanks to their full-length windows and spacious patio doors, you can create a sense of openness and have the garden feel like an extension of the room. If you don’t have the space or budget for a conservatory, buying a gazebo can be a great alternative. These partially enclosed seating areas allow you to have a little room outside where you can eat, drink or hang out with friends. They still offer shelter from sun and rain, but with the added benefit of being out in nature.
Speaking of nature, embracing it can be a wonderful way to take your garden to the next level. Many people worry too much about keeping everything in their garden perfectly ordered; sometimes, letting nature run its course can bring more beautiful results. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t look after your garden! It’s still important to hop on your riding lawn mower and cut the grass, and keep your plants fed and watered. However, you might want to consider taking it easy on the weed killer and seeing what naturally grows in your area. You could also think about planting flowers that specifically attract bees, butterflies and other creatures to your garden, or hanging up a bird feeder. Often these semi-wild gardens can invoke a lovely romantic atmosphere, too.
Mix up different elements
If you feel that your garden is a little stale or dull, try incorporating lots of different elements in order to liven it up. For instance, you could plant a variety of flowers to bring a mix of different colors and shapes to your flowerbeds, or scatter in some herbs to incorporate more distinctive fragrances and textures. Adding some wind chimes or wind dancers is a fantastic way to include some movement and sound in your yard when there’s a breeze, while a water feature such as a fountain or waterfall is an effective way to create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere.
Finally, you can use structures such as arches, hanging baskets and hedges to enjoy splashes of color at all different levels within your garden.
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