Who’s with me on converting ordinary backyard into a romantic garden of your dreams? In this post I’m sharing my favorite backyard garden design and ideas that are just too beautiful to pass on.
A mindset change before the spring
April is just around the corner, I’ve started watching garden shows again.
It’s kinda a funny story: As a gardening enthusiast, I find myself less passionate about garden during the winter months. I was no longer interested in watching my favorite gardening shows and youtube channels, nor interested in planning for next spring. It scared me! I was so afraid that I was over gardening and have lost this amazing hobby I had so much fun with.
Interesting, immediately as the weather warms up, I turned right into a crazy gardener mode. Walking around local nurseries, watching British garden shows, taking care of my plants – I cannot believe I came back to life again.
Dreamy garden space I cannot get enough of
While anxiously waiting for the seeds to sprout, flower to bloom, here’s some beautiful gardens I cannot soak myself in enough every day. I hope they will make you excited about spring as well
Looking to add a little romance to your garden? We’ve enlisted the help of Charlotte Rowe, award winning garden designer, and asked her to share her top tips on how to transform your garden into not only a place to enjoy with the whole family, but with your partner too.
Here are some Ideas that will inspire you !
“Think about the best use of your space and engaging the senses,” says Charlotte. “We can break up our gardens into zones and create ‘rooms’ to add interest. Private zones, screened by evergreen hedging, shrubs and trees, or a willow tunnel, can be very romantic.”
1. Arches and secret hideaways
Walking through an archway is like walking into a new, hidden world. You can make your garden your own little getaway by adding a beautiful archway at the entrance of different sections. These archways can be a subtle as a hanging willow or as bold as a physical gate.
“Create secluded nooks and crannies, away from the kids’ play area and away from view of the neighbours,” suggests Charlotte.
2. Sitting areas
Whether you’re on your own, sitting with a loved one or hosting a party, having a cosy seating area is always a great idea.
A little bench or a full set of table and chairs can add a lot to your garden and make it more welcoming.
A timeless, romantic piece of garden furniture is a swinging chair that can hang from a large tree branch (if, of course, you have one) or it’s own frame. Not only is this fun for the kids but very relaxing for adults as well.
“Install lovely outdoor sofas and ottomans or a built-in bench and surround yourself with beds of aromatic herbs or a lush mix of tactile grasses and perennials,” says Charlotte. “Some may prefer a seat under a traditional pergola or arbour with beautifully scented climbing roses.”
The right lighting can make a space instantly more romantic.
Fairy lights are a very worthwhile addition as you can wrap them around vines, trees or between poles. Read our favourite suggestions on how to use fairy lights in your garden here.
Candles are also romantic but can be quite tedious on a breezy day. Try candles in tall, glass covers.
A water feature can add both romance, texture and height to your garden. “The sight and sound of trickling water lend an air of serenity and calm,” says Charlotte.
This doesn’t have to be an elaborate fountain – tilting rain sticks can have the same effect.
5. Outdoor spa
For the more adventurous landscapers, an outdoor spa is both relaxing and romantic. A comfortable lounge chair next to a water feature, a reading corner with hanging chimes, or even an outdoor bath can ensue the ultimate relaxation.
Placing a statue in the garden that encaptures the feeling you desire for that area can up the romance. They also add texture and a storyline to your outdoor space.
7. Outdoor living
Creating an outdoor living space allows you to immerse yourself in your garden. You can create a lovely al fresco living room by putting up a canopy and creating a curtain out of hanging vines.
If you have limited garden space, you can optimise your porch for outdoor living instead.
For the sky-gazers and tree-lovers, hammocks are ideal for feeling the elements all around you.
It’s truly hard not to fall for flowers’ romantic beauty. Choosing your favourite colours and fragrances when planting your borders can make sure you feel instantly calm. Some of our favourite romantic flowers are peonies, camellia, roses, foxgloves and bell snowdrops.
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