What is a garden for, if not relaxing on a warm summer’s day? However, while nearly everyone loves to kick back with a good book or catch some rays, some gardens are more coducive to chilling out than others. To help you achieve your garden zen, we’ve selected the 15 best design tips and tricks for relaxing gardens, guaranteed to turn your outdoor area into a stress-free zone.
When designing a calming outdoor space, be aware of your colour palette. Garish colours stimulate the senses, so plump for more neutral or pastel tones to keep your garden serene. Of course, bright accents – a pink candy stripe, say, or coloured florals – will make a garden pop, but the key here is balance.
If you’re serious about upping the chill factor, a water feature is an excellent option. The gentle murmur of water helps to establish a truly tranquil ambience that’s great for clearing your mind. Choose natural materials such as stone and wood to emphasise harmony.
For a casual relaxation zone, invest in oversized floor cushions, a stylish alternative to traditional sun loungers. A simple stool makes for a cheap and effective side table for resting your pitcher of lemonade! Alternatively, a hammock strung between two trees is a timeless addition to any garden. Just be sure to fill with cushions and blankets for an indulgent and inviting finish.
Perhaps you desire a more traditional country feel? Vintage-style benches nestled between lavender bushes or other scented plants will instantly transport you to a less hectic era. Informal planting will help to establish a rustic atmosphere.
A floral-patterned gazebo is the stylish option if you want to capture the feel of a laid-back garden party, while draping muslin or other light fabric over bamboo poles will provide you with a more relaxed canopy that's perfect for when you crave some cool shade. A garden room can create a tranquil space that allows you to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather. Browse our pick of the best garden rooms.
Relaxed garden seating
One of the most important elements in creating a relaxed garden is comfy seating... so pile the cushions high and ensure plenty of throws are available for cooler evenings.
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Stripes, delicate florals and large paisleys combined in a punchy palette of cerise and coral create a garden seating area infused with Moroccan flavour.
For true escapism, erect a dreamy Arabian-style tent in the garden. Drape sheer muslin across four wooden poles and add a comfortable lounger to complete the effect.
Simple, easily portable seating
in white and rasberry pink stripes give a jaunty feel to poolside
relaxation. A rattan drinks caddy is the perfect accessory for
transporting glasses to and fro.
Nothing conjures up lazy summer days quite like a garden hammock. Add cushions and throws for extra comfort and use a stool as a side table for drinks and snacks.
Evoking memories of traditional village fetes, a marquee will add character to a garden party. Here, a plain design has been customised with panels of boldly patterned fabric.
What better way to
relax on a sunny afternoon than a drinks party? Recreate the romance of summer evenings
spent abroad with bistro tables shaded by parasols and nestled under overgrown
Outdoor rugs will add
a relaxed vibe while making it more comfortable underfoot for guests.