There’s something wonderful about entertaining outdoors in warmer weather. The rise in popularity of outdoor lights and heaters means that many of us are trying to drag summer out for longer, enjoying outdoor meals and nights relaxing with friends well into the fall and beyond.
But, what about if your garden isn’t fit for purpose? Or you’ve got the space, but you don’t feel comfortable inviting people around because you aren’t proud of it.
It’s easy for a neat garden to become overgrown without TLC, and it’s all too common to find that our gardens are messy, untidy, and lacking in the sophistication that we’d like to share with our friends and family.
The good news is, adding some sophistication to your garden, and creating a space you feel proud to bring guests into, doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are seven of the ways that you can do it.
1. Add Wrought Iron Fences and Gates
Fences and gates are a staple of modern gardens. They give us privacy, keep us safe, and create clear boundary lines. But, plain wooden fences, painted in dull colors are bland.
They may be functional, but they bring little in the way of style to our gardens.
By installing a wrought iron fence in your garden, you keep all the benefits that fencing brings, while adding style, sophistication, and a touch of class. Intricately designed iron gates and fencing are perhaps the best way to make sure your garden stands out for the right reasons.
2. Use Pots, Containers, and Hangers
Pots, hangers, and other planters are a great way to add something extra to your garden. They are colorful and trendy, and a great way to both control the growth of your plants and give them extra focus.
3. Add Some Texture
Gardens shouldn’t be flat and lifeless. They should include plenty of texture as well as color. You might already have textures such as a deck or patio and lawn, but breaking things up more with the addition of slate or gravel and raised planters can add extra sophistication.
4. Keep Things Neat
A cluttered garden will never look like a sophisticated paradise. Spend some time decluttering, tidying up, and making sure you’ve got adequate storage so that it’s easy to keep neat in the future.
5. Create a Focal Point
Gardens, by their very nature, assault our senses. It’s easy to create a space that is overwhelming and hard to look at, just by including too much.
If you want to add all of the plants, colors, and smells that you love, it’s a good idea to add a focus area, such as a large, comfortable seat, a fire pit, or a water feature, which draws the eye.
6. Take the Indoors Out
Fashion magazines and websites talk a lot about the benefits of bringing the outdoors into our home décor with plants and natural elements. But, taking the indoors out, with a dining area, textiles, and soft furnishings can be equally advantageous.
7. Create a Theme in Your Outdoor Space
A theme can work well to bring the colors and textures together, turning a mess into a coordinated space. Themes for your garden could include boho, tropical, seascape, or vintage.
Once you’ve got the sophisticated garden you’ve always wanted, make the most of it by inviting family around, eating outdoors, and enjoying your time out of the house.