This year, our gardens have become places of solace where we can escape daily stresses and enjoy some fresh air, nature and green fingered activities. As nights draw in, leaves start to fall and season change, we can still make the most of our precious outdoor spaces by turning them into warm and welcoming garden rooms.
“People want to give their garden a cosy feel this year, truly making it an extension of indoors,” says Jonny Brierly, CEO of Moda Furnishings. “With the introduction of softer outdoor-use upholstery, lighting, accessories and fire pits, they are applying the same interest in the design of their homes to their gardens.”
So, on that note, here are some great ideas for extending the season and turning your garden into an outdoor haven.
1. Create shelter
If you’re going to enjoy your garden whatever the weather, you’ll need a place to shelter. A stylish pop-up tent or gazebo neatly bridges the link between indoor and outdoor living space and can be put up at a moment’s notice and stored away in a shed or garage.
An arch or pergola planted with an evergreen climber such as Clematis Armandii offers protection from howling winds and helps create a sense of privacy. An arbour structure with storage is even better if you need to fold away those essential garden blankets.
But for the ultimate hideaway, embrace the outdoors all year round with a garden pod. It’s a see-through space to entertain, work or simply enjoy nature.
Coleman FastPitch Shelter Pro M
Arbour with Storage Box & Seat
2. Sociable seating
The key to all-weather garden furniture is durability and it’s worth investing in a decent weatherproof combination set.
“We have been seeing a huge increase in sales of our garden furniture during lockdown, with people spending generously on their gardens rather than holidays,” says Siobhan Lancaster at garden furniture company Sitting Spiritually. Their Swinging Day Bed has been particularly popular. Accessorise daybeds and outdoor sofas with colourful tasselled quilts and cushions.
Palma Casual Dining Corner Set
Colourful Tasselled Floral Quilts Pre Order August
Java Navy Water Resistant Outdoor Cushion
3. Let there be light (and warmth)
When the sun sets, it’s crucial to add light and warmth to an autumn/winter garden. The chiminea, an all-weather alternative to the fire pit, is gaining ground, according to curated online marketplace Notonthehighstreet.com: “Three out of our five top-selling items are currently chimineas,” says spokesperson Phoebe Ede.
Two Piece Clay Chiminea With Grill
Candles and tealights cast a warming glow over any socially-distanced gathering. “Outdoor lighting is now an important consideration when creating a seamless flow from home to garden,” says Marketa Rypacek, managing director at Industville Ltd.
Achieve this with strings of festoon bulbs in warm white, cool white or multi-coloured.