Friday 28 July 2023

How To Make Your Garden An Extension Of Your Home

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AD: We all wish we had more space at home. Whether you’re making the most of a small garden space or a large one, you can always use your outdoor space as an extension of your interior. You don’t even have to be an avid gardener to make your green space more cosy and inviting. This article will help you utilise your garden space and unify it with your living quarters.

Make The Most Of Hedging

Hedging can help you create the illusion of privacy and separate spaces in your garden. Plants like the portuguese laurel can grow up to 12 metres tall, so can be used to create more solitude and peace in gardens with low fences. It lasts all year round which helps maintain a consistent style in your garden.

When selecting hedges for your garden, be careful to avoid hedges susceptible to fungus like box blight, or bugs like box moth caterpillars. While no plant life is entirely immune from natural pests, some are more resilient than others. Box moth caterpillars can destroy carefully designed gardens, leaving dead hedge matter which can take a while to remove.

Choose Hardy Plants

As nice as delicate flowers and rare plants may be, you are more likely to enjoy a consistent and inviting garden all year round if you choose hardy, or perennial plants. Hardy plants like foxglove, hydrangea, or honeysuckle last practically all year round, and look great in any garden. Different varieties of lavender are also perennial, creating a colourful look late into summer and returning in early spring.

Choose Intimate Lighting

Cosy lighting can be a great addition to a garden during the summer months, extending its use into the evening and looking inviting throughout the winter months too. Whether you select pretty fairy lights and find a hammock online to lay back and relax in whilst watching the day fade into night, or larger lanterns for your outdoor lighting, use soft light to create an intimate setting for barbecues that go into the evening.

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Flooring that Flows

Building covered decking might sound intimidating, but if done correctly can become the perfect outdoor space. With covered decking, you can also enjoy a meal outside even if it is raining or a little overcast. You could even use something like engineered wood flooring in your home in the room adjacent to the space you will be placing the wooden decking. This would create a flow of wood flooring almost giving the illusion of one large space rather than two separate rooms. You could even use some colourful throw pillows or rugs to create a cosy living room feel that you can use as an outdoor space. Use comfy furniture like rattan or wicker sofas where you can sit with a cup of coffee or enjoy a full on family barbeque.

Make The Most Of Storage

Outdoor spaces are no different to interior living spaces when it comes to storage. Everyone would love more room in their home. Consider investing in furniture that also doubles up as a storage space, or buying a shed that you can store all your garden items in, to avoid them cluttering up the home.

Create An Office Space

There are many options when it comes to creating an outside office space. You might want to include plumbing and electricity, or simply consider using a WiFi extender to enjoy WiFi in your garden. In most case a garden room doesn’t require planning permission, but definitely check before you embark on creating a space.

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Invest In Trellises

Trellises are a great way to brighten up empty walls or sad-looking fences. Climbing plants like nasturtiums, morning glory, or sweet peas deliver bright colourful flowers all year round. Consider using garden obelisks in the same way. Obelisks are small frames you can use in your garden to the same effect as trellises. They help support small saplings as well as climbing plants and vines.

Create A Vegetable Garden

What better way to make your garden an extension of your home than creating a vegetable garden? If you have young kids you can also get them involved in planting and growing vegetables that you can then cook and eat at family dinner. Beans, carrots and cherry tomatoes are a great consideration for young kids to plant and grow. You don’t just have to grow a vegetable garden, either. Herbs and fruit are also a great addition to your garden plot.

Use Garden Art

Empty walls and fences can also benefit from outdoor art. Make sure the art you purchase is weatherproof, otherwise it is at the mercy of bad weather and might not last long. You could also consider buying outdoor sculptures or figurines. The garden gnome is a classic addition to the garden, but don’t be afraid to incorporate artwork in metal, glass, or treated wood.

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Consider Building A Conservatory

If you are really looking to make your garden a part of your house, building a conservatory effectively adds a room to your home without you needing to build a full on extension. You may require planning permission, but a conservatory is the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine without having to be worried about bad weather.

Invest In Outdoor Heating

Outdoor heating can extend how much time you spend in your garden well into the autumn months. Consider investing in patio heaters, or even a fire pit where you can toast some marshmallows as the crisp autumn leaves fall. You can enjoy hanging, wall-mounted or free-sanding patio heaters if you’re looking to play around with design in your garden.

Invite Nature

There are many things you can do to make a nature-friendly garden, from installing bee-welcoming plants like lavender or rosemary to creating a bug- or bat- hotel that encourages little visitors to come and stay for a while. It’s also a great way to get your little ones involved in the nature around them.

Final Thoughts

There are many ways to make your garden an extension of your home. Whether you make your garden greener or install an extra room outdoors, making the most of storage, lighting, and your own personal style can help you use your garden like you would a room in the home. Try these tips for engaging your little ones and embracing a cosy garden space all year round.


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