In an urban setting and with a busy working schedule we all endure daily, gardens have become our special places where we escape the stress, find peace, serenity, and refuge, and enjoy the beauty and healing effects of nature. Our backyards and gardens give us a blank canvas to create our special retreat, but most of us often lack landscaping ideas. There are so many options to choose from that we’re often left stuck and can’t make up our minds in which direction to go: a lush, green oasis, a spa-like resort with water features or a serene, meditative oasis.
If you’re on the lookout for simple yet unique and effective design ideas for your garden that will make it cozy and invite, but also add value to your property, look no more. Here are top four ways how to transform your garden into a space of pride and joy.
Splurge on plants and greenery
If you imagine your garden as a cozy sanctuary where you’ll be able to be calm and relaxed, you’ll surely benefit from therapeutic effects of plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers. To avoid a plain and common combination of fir trees and green grass, try creating a layered look by mixing different colors, shapes, sizes, and textures, such as medium-sized shrubs and tall trees, ornamental grass, trimmed hedges and climbing vines on your fences.
You really can’t have too many plants. They offer a calming environment, but they also shelter you from the relentless sun in the hot summer months and let you be as creative as you wish by positioning them to be either focal points or creating separated sections in your yard.
Create privacy and comfort on the patio
Your garden patio acts as an outdoor extension of your indoors so it makes sense to make it as beautiful and comfortable as your indoor living area. If you want something different and unique, make a pergola. They are quite easy to assemble and won’t empty your bank account. What you will get in the end is a cozy, designated area for sitting and enjoying the outdoors that only needs some decorations and your personal touch.
Pick high-quality, durable furniture that offers enough seating for your family and friends and if peace and quiet are what you’re looking for, try to keep it private and secluded. You can do that with tall hedges placed strategically around the area, by creating a living wall on the fences that will also clean the air or by opting for hanging curtains or shade sails.
The rest is all up to you. Add anything that reflects your personal style and can enhance the beauty of the space: it could be a hammock, a lounge bed, colorful cushions and rugs, vintages lamps and shelves, and lots of pots with vibrant flowers. You can use planters, clay pots or baskets, but you might also opt for repurposing some of the things you have around the house, like old rubber boots or paint cans. There are no rules to limit your imagination and creativity, so set it free!
Illuminate the space
Everyone knows how beneficial it is to spend time outdoors in the natural light, especially Australians who can boast with around 200 sunny days a year and surely know how to enjoy it. But, if you still want to relax in your garden at nightfall, there are many wonderful ways to illuminate the space.
With one visit to the lighting shops in Sydney, you’ll find plenty of garden lights that are durable, easy to attach and stylish at the same time. You can choose among various kinds of wall-mounted lights and lanterns, and add some string lights and pendants on your pergola. They will create a lovely, warm glow and immediately cozy up to the place. With a few final touches, such as scented candles and subtle music in the background, you’ll create a quintessential garden of peace and tranquillity.
Add calming sounds
Your garden sanctuary is supposed to be your worry and stress-free zone that will provide a relaxing refuge from the noise of city life. A great way to create this is to introduce calming and soothing sounds, such as wind chimes, waterfalls, and water fountains. Water features are original details that primarily have a tranquil effect, but also aid in muffling the noise. The trickle and splash of water will make a wonderful background sound and a great focal point in your garden.
If you want to take it a step further, consider installing a hot tub for late-night bubble baths under the stars. Such a relaxing soak might be just what you need to unwind after a hard day’s work. Surround it with unique details such as a vintage vanity with a mirror, a washbasin and a pitcher, an antique chandelier above and some Moroccan-inspired colors and decorations, and you’ll have a luxury spa in your own backyard.
With these easy and simple tips, you’ll have a beautiful garden that will not only add to the value of your home, but also to the quality of your life.
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also likes sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.