Your garden is not just an extension of your home, it’s part of it! Whether you own your home or rent, there are plenty of ways to create your dream garden.
There are plenty of simple ways to create a garden where you can unwind, entertain and connect with nature. Key elements like outdoor furniture, ambient lighting, water features and decor (and, of course, plants and flowers) can transform your garden into your own little outdoor retreat.
Different Garden Styles
One of the best ways to decorate your garden is to complement its style with your home’s interior style. For example, if your home’s interior is more modern, go for a modern water feature, sleek and stylish garden furniture and contemporary decor. The same goes for a Japanese style garden, an English country garden style, a Hamptons style garden and a cottage style garden.
Garden Decor Ideas
Garden decor adds character, charm, and personality to your outdoor space. From elegant water features to kitschy garden gnomes, you can design your garden to reflect your style.
Whether you want to create the perfect place to dine and entertain or a peaceful spot to sip your morning coffee, garden furniture is a must. Choose a dining set or pieces that reflect not only your personal style but prioritise comfort. Consider materials that can withstand the elements, like weather-resistant wicker, teak or aluminium.
Opt for comfortable seating like lounge chairs, sofas, daybeds or beanbags and accessorise with outdoor cushions and outdoor rugs for extra cosiness. For protection against the weather, add an outdoor umbrella or gazebo. For a seamless balance from indoors to out, choose furniture that complements your home’s interior style, whether that be modern, rustic or mid-century modern.
If you love entertaining and hosting gatherings, create your very own home bar! Perfect for hosting small gatherings, parties and summer BBQs, an outdoor bar is a great way to bring your garden together.
Water Features & Fountains
There’s nothing more peaceful than the sound of flowing water. Incorporate a fountain, birdbath, or small pond in your garden to enhance the natural ambience of your garden. Not only are water features super peaceful, but they also attract birds and other wildlife.
Set the Mood With Lighting
From outdoor string lights and festoon lights to candles and outdoor lamps, outdoor lighting is a practical addition to your garden. With the right lighting, you can create a beautiful ambience perfect for lounging outside in the evening or hosting gatherings. Opt for warm, yellow toned lights for extra ambience.
Garden Decor & Ornaments
From abstract sculptures to whimsical garden gnomes, garden decor and ornaments add a touch of charm, character and visual interest to your garden. Using cute and whimsical ornaments allow you to express your creativity and create an enchanting theme, whether its a little fairy garden or a rustic cottage feel. These details can help you escape to a little world away from the daily grind, especially when you’re located in the middle of bustling city.
Garden decor can also serve a function. For instance, wagon wheels and old bikes can be repurposed as planters or used as supports for hanging plants ad climbing vines. Birdhouses can attract wildlife, bringing more life to your garden.
Tip: There’s no rule that says you can’t hang a disco ball in your backyard.
Garden arches are a beautiful way to guide the way through your garden, whether the arch signals the entryway, or provides more direction. not only that, but garden arches serve as a focal point for the garden, bringing more depth to the landscape. Dress up your garden arch with climbing plants or string through fairy lights.
Signage and Plaques
Bring a personal touch to your garden with sign and plaques! Whether you go for uplifting quotes, little messages or naming specific plants or areas, signs and plaques are a small detail that will bring a whimsical and personal vibe to your garden.
Planters and Pots
Showcase your plants and flowers with a variety of pots and planters! Choose materials like terracotta and ceramic in your favourite colours and patterns that complement your garden. Arrange your pots strategically to create more depth and pair with wall planters and hanging pots.
Wind chimes bring both melodic and deocrative touch to your garden, helping to create a peaceful and serene environment. They can mask unwanted noise and are available in arrange of designs so you can find something an aesthetic and sound that you love.
Who says you need an ordinary letterbox? Add character to your garden’s entrance with a letterbox that complements your garden’s style. Your letterbox can double up as a welcome sign, or you can choose a colourful letterbox to complement the palette of your garden.
Place a Mirror Outdoors
Outdoor mirrors create an illusion of space and depth, making smaller gardens appear larger. They also add a level of intrigue. Place your mirror strategically to reflect sunlight or highlight specific areas of your garden.
The benefits of having a fire pit are plenty! Fire pits bring warmth and cosiness to your garden, and are the perfect solution for outdoor gathering in winter. Create a gathering spot for friends and family around your fire pit and ensure safety measures are in place.
The Bottom Line
Overall, gardens aren’t just an outdoor space for plants and flowers. You can design your front or backyard to your liking and essentially make it an extension of your home, whether it’s where you relax, dine, hang out with friends, drink coffee or read. Use these ideas to create an outdoor space you truly love.