When you look out of your window and see your garden, does it fill you with joy? If so, that’s great. But chances are, like many of us, you wished your garden looked better. Many of us feel that our gardens could provide a more useful space for the whole family.
Here are some ideas to create a renewed family garden.
An area for adults
Every family garden can benefit from providing a space for adults to relax. A ‘grown up’ space separate from the rest of the garden. A small, shady spot will work quite nicely for this. If you have an overgrown corner at the far end of the garden, convert this area into your dedicated space.
Create a place to put a bench or hammock, with greenery all around. Add miniature trees or a variety of shrubs. Where better to relax with a cup of coffee and a good book?
An area for the kids
Next, consider creating a zone for the kids to play in. By using some decorative wooden screening, you can separate the area from the rest of the garden. Why use screening? Kids like to play and make a mess, and the garden is one place where they should be allowed to do this. But as adults we can find it hard to relax in such a messy space. By screening an area off, you can have the best of both worlds as the mess will be hidden away.
Add an outdoor play kitchen for mud pies, or over-sized wind chimes and musical instruments so the little ones can enjoy making noise. Put in wooden sculptures and scented plants to create a connection to nature. If you’re on a budget, you can create some of these elements by repurposing old bits of wood and scrap metal.
Bring the family together
Of course, there will be plenty of times when you’ll be using the garden together as a family. For BBQs, birthdays, and having family or friends over. So, it’s a good idea to make sure there’s enough practical space for everyone to gather together.
Patio or decking can create a nice area for entertaining. Providing plenty of practical space for comfy outdoor seating, a dining table, installing a BBQ or perhaps even a minibar. Most of us don’t know how to lay a patio or install decking, but both are relatively easy to do yourself with a bit of guidance.