Updated: Mar 29
Now the weather is slowly warming up and the lockdown rules are easing, we can look forward to inviting our family and friends to our gardens from today onwards. With the need to entertain outside, the focus is on extending our living spaces and creating sociable and entertaining areas.
Whether you're looking to re-design your outside area with a complete overhaul, or just a freshen-up ready for the spring /summer months, these tips will help you to create your own garden oasis.
Sun mapping and layout
When designing your outside spaces, use the sun to guide you. Where does the sun fall accross different areas of your garden throughout the day? Use this as a starting point, then decide how to develop each area; whether it be for entertaining or sunbathing you can determine whether you need sun or shade for these areas.
Zone it out
Now you have understood what requirements you have and the sun path, you can then look at zoning the areas. If you have a natural recess in your garden use these to create a nook, this could be your reading area where you can take five minutes and hide from the kids!
If your garden is large enough, create different zones by introducing a hammock between two trees or a hanging chair, another area for a couple of chairs and a small round bistro table, and a cooking / BBQ seating and entertaining area.
You can zone these spaces easily using different type of flooring material, garden furniture, rugs, cushions, and lighting.