As summer comes to an end, our gardens and outdoor spaces are being abandoned in favour of warm nights in, curled up under a blanket in front of the TV. But just because the sun has gone into hiding, doesn’t mean you can’t still make use of your garden. These ten inspirational images from Houzz prove that it’s possible to make the most of your favourite garden features come hail, rain or snow.
A modern workpod is a great alternative to a home office and creates a sense of purpose you simply won’t get from working at your kitchen table. Find a quiet spot in the garden and set up your new work station. Strategically placed outdoor lighting will brighten up your ‘commute’ back home.
Make a small garden seem bigger by adding mirrors to a feature wall, or even hanging them from a sturdy hedge. The mirrors will bounce light around your outdoor space, keeping it bright even in dull weather.
Take inspiration from your summer holidays and turn your roof terrace into an al fresco bar. Update an empty terrace with brightly coloured scatter cushions and some soft furnishings, and enjoy a cheeky sundowner in the comfort of your own home.
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying your patio. Tiki torches add warmth and light, while a covered courtyard keeps the rain off your head while you relax in the fresh air. Click here to see our range of similar products.
Decking is an easy and affordable way to update any garden look. Channel a retro vibe by turning your deck into a communal seating area, and use cushions and flowers to add a few pops of colour.
There is something so romantic about a garden archway. Bring a little taste of Tuscany to your backyard with a featured archway surrounded with roses. Each few months, twist the rose stems around the arches to create a stunning floral walkway that is fit for a princess.
Simplify a smaller yard area by laying down some paving stones. If you want to keep some greenery in your yard, integrated flowerbeds will keep things neat. Add minimalist furniture to complete this clean and simple look.
Who says a tree house is just for kids? Put a new spin on a childhood favourite by turning a tree house into an outdoor hangout. Add a BBQ pit, a pizza oven, a hot tub or anything else you fancy, and invite your friends over for the evening.
A Zen garden is surprisingly low maintenance, and a great place to clear your mind and relax with a pot of green tea. It’s all about the water feature, and neat clean lines, so keep clutter away and make sure every plant is well looked after.
Greenhouses have been popular ever since the Victorians developed a taste for oranges, tomatoes and other warm weather fruits and vegetables. Grow your own tropical plants in a modern version of this popular and practical garden feature.
How you decorate your garden will depend very much on the space which is available to you. But even the smallest outdoor space can be turned into a stunning feature with a bit of TLC and a few innovative design ideas. Send us your solutions for a post-summer garden and don’t let the cold weather keep you from enjoying the great outdoors.