I’ve been surprised that so few of the gardens I’ve visited this last year (over 250) have places for people. Especially little places just to chill-out.
Gardens are for people too. Use as much space as possible for people.
Outdoor chill spots don’t need to be this big or be close to the house.
Younger designers really got the concept of chilling in the garden in all the Garden Shows I’ve visited. Established designers tended to concentrate on the garden or the more formal outdoor living spaces around the house.
Some of the private garden owners around Brisbane and Melbourne got it too.
Here are some of ideas from big and little gardens around the traps. Take heart and create that little nook to escape into.
This verandah which is the entrance to the garden is just the sort of space I’m talking about.
I love this veranda with its casual blue furniture – it’s somewhere to chill, read a book, sleep, have that cup of coffee with a friend. Or just do nothing when it all gets too much.
This daybed on a farmhouse veranda is my idea of heaven on a rainy day with a good book. And I’d use the chairs with a glass of wine in the eventing and a good friend.
Inner City Terraces
In Melbourne in March the exhibitions in the ‘Debco Achievable’ section had some of the best ideas based on creating a space to take a cushion and a rug. This section celebrated new designers still studying.
The first of the gardens I was attracted to is simply a wall to create a seat. The second is a small deck for the same purpose.
Or creating a space with a simple bench to use as a reading spot or as a daybed. In these cases the spaces ate the tiny back yards to old inner cityterraces.
The feel is casual and easy. Easy to move as well if the property is a rental.
In Singapore the look was more 70’s or something lush and orchid filled. But it was always enticing and casual.
In these spaces, the gardens are tiny apartment balconies.
Such spaces can be created in nooks in the garden.
Nooks in Bigger Gardens
Most of the best nooks exist in some of the bigger gardens I’ve seen.
Retro or classical, the look can be casual or more formal.
Creating nooks undercover mean they are there, in the rain and when the sun shines to much.
And then there’s the contemporary gazebo at the bottom of the garden.
This contemporary gazebo is wonderful with orchids and tropical planting to lift the orange chairs.
Although I agree these great garden outhouses are hardly nooks at the end of the garden. Great for chilling out in though.
So whether you create a nook with a simple bench…
Or simply a white bench on a grassy bank…
Or a hanging bench at the end of the garden…
Create a nook and enjoy the garden as often as you can.