Gardens aren’t all about how good they look. Sure, this is an important factor, very important in fact, but it isn’t everything. Your garden should also feel garden. They should welcome you in, make you feel relaxed and comfortable, and be relatively fun to maintain. Your garden has to be more than a weekend chore and a weekday view from your kitchen sink. Your garden should invite you in, and that means it should be simple to navigate.
That is why we have compiled a list of ways you can make your garden comfortable, livable and enjoyable.
Look at houses these days, they are all about open space and open living and that is because this is preferable. There was a time when lots of rooms were necessary because it was a matter of containing heat. But now that is no issues, we want to live in an open space, and the same rule should apply to your garden. So make sure any paths you have are wide enough to offer a comfortable passage. As a rule, your paths should be five-feet wide for walking in pairs or three-feet for single-file.
Outdoor steps are not staircases, so they should enjoy a more relaxed and gentle incline. No one wants to be daunted by a steep climb. So make sure your steps don’t have a big climb and make sure they have a generous run. Another way to make them more attractive and manageable is to have a landing every fourth or fifth step. This will make your garden more gorgeous and more accessible.
There is no better way to enjoy your garden than to have a place to entertain friends and family, and even yourself. So build decking with enough space to accommodate barbecues, garden parties, formal dining and casual mingling. You may look at decking and think it offers plenty of space, but this area will quickly fill up with furniture and plants, so take into consideration how easily people will be able to walk around once everything is in place.
Having a pergola or archway is such a stunning way to give your garden that little bit more too look at. It is a great way to make your space feel bigger and more magical, and separate the different areas. However, it is crucial you leave enough head space. You may think that eight-feet of head space seems excessive, but you’d be surprised at how odd anything lower would look in your garden. What may seem big indoors usually looks small outdoors; so keep that in mind. Height and width are crucial to comfort and style.
Plants grow. That is part of the gardening process, part of nature, and it cannot be stopped. So always plan with growth in mind. At first, your beds may look sparse and empty, but they will fill over time. If you want fuller beds immediately then you must be prepared to relocate some of the plants later down the line, or purchase some temporary plants; fast-growing plants with short life spans.