In times of uncertainty, our gardens can become a place where we take some time, hit the pause button and just allow ourselves a moment to breathe. With some warmer temperatures recently and spring flowers beginning to bloom, creating a little outdoor oasis for some rest and relaxation is one way to do just that.
Here are our top 5 tips for getting started:
1. Find Your Inspiration
First things first — don’t panic. Thinking of what to do with your outdoor space can feel a little overwhelming to begin with. Use Pinterest to explore ideas for layouts, plants and acessories. It will give you a good idea of what it could look like altogether: perfect if there is a particular theme or look you're hoping to achieve.
2. Keep It Clean
We know, it’s the least fun part of the process but giving your garden a good clear out allows you to take stock of what’s survived the colder weather, what needs replacing and what space you have to create those new looks you’re working on. Use a storage container like the Moreton Outdoor Storage Box to hide any gardening tools, kids’ toys or footwear so that nothing gets in the way of creating the space you want.
3. Be Together
Here's hoping we have plenty of sun to enjoy all summer long, so that we can make the very most of it every day. Create a beautiful al-fresco dining room by setting up a clearly defined area for dining and use feature lighting to frame it. Make sure everyone’s comfortable with relaxed seating like a large corner sofa set and your early evening dinner will stretch on far into the blissful, summer’s eve.
4. Fire It Up
Once the sun goes down, so does the temperature, but that’s ok, all it means is a little preparation goes a long way. To really make the most of as much time in your garden as you possibly can, a fire pit like the Lyneham will keep the cold at bay. With a little supervision it also makes for a fantastic marshmallow toaster, which is sure to be a winner. What s’more could you ask for?
5. Finishing Touches
This is where the magic happens. All your hard work begins to pay off as you add the little flourishes here and there to fill in the gaps and really create something special.
Candles pared with a mix and match flower display creates a stunning centrepiece. Don’t be afraid to use odd numbers, different heights and a variety of single and multiple stems. Try contrasting textures with ceramic pots and glass vases. You’re limited only by what you can imagine because in this case imperfect is perfect.
With a little bit of planning and creativity your garden can become much more than just an outdoor space. A meditation space. A library. A living room. Or an outdoor office. Anything you can imagine and create.
Now, did we say 5 steps? There’s actually one more secret step we’ll keep just between us. It consists of 2 parts Gin, 3 parts tonic, a couple of ice cubes and a slender slice of lemon. Well, you’ve made something really quite beautiful, you may as well enjoy it properly.