Creating a Getaway- Right in your Own Backyard

Palladio Table and Two Benches

A backyard is a place for entertainment, relaxation, meditation, or just to sit back and take in the beauty of nature. Whether you use it for family time, a barbeque, or to just sit back with a good book and spend some alone time. Whether to get away or get together, making your garden setting perfect for your purposes is important; here are some good ideas to creating a wonderful backyard escape!

A backyard should be full of life, in the forms of plants and flowers. These will bring beauty and fragrance to your setting. Add seasonal flowers, planted in brightly colored pots, to your backyard patio for added color and décor. During the spring and summer months consider adding herbs to outside pots, as these are useful in the kitchen, and add delightful aromas to your setting. Remember that when it comes to adding plants and flowers to your setting, they need light and water, so be careful to the locations and placement of these plants!

If the space is meant for entertainment or relaxation, there needs to be some sort of furniture. The key is to select furniture, such as cast stone benches or tables, that can withstand the elements of the outdoors. Some additional good choices are teak, redwood and cedar. Plastic and wicker are good choices, and for a more affordable choice consider treated pine. Make sure the furniture is comfortable if meant for relaxing, this will make it appealing to enjoy curling up with a good book! You can always add some outdoor cushions if you current furniture isn’t comfortable. If the goal is to entertain, then make sure there is seating, but do not go overboard, as furniture can also break a garden design.

When it comes to your outdoor fabrics, they need to be washable and weather resistance. Instead of going and buying new fabrics for worn out pillows or seat covers, consider recovering the old ones in a new fabric. Acrylic, polyester, and canvas are good fabric options for this purpose. Often they can be found in vibrant and lush patterns that will add beauty and intrigue to your setting.

A backyard, if it is to be enjoyed in the hot summer months, needs to have shade. Shade allows for an area of coolness in the setting. This can be accomplished with a gazebo or umbrella.  There are even retractable awnings that can be attached to your roof for a patio setting. These are all good options to avoid baking in the summer heat. Trees are another great form of shade, consider placing a bench under a tree for a lovely place to sit and read or watch your kids play.

A backyard does not need to be reserved for daylight use only, bring in lights to your backyard and carry on the excitement into the night! This is especially great for entertaining! Add tiki torches or citronella candles, these will add light and keep away pesky bugs. Consider the addition of solar lights along a pathway or around a sitting area.  Even adding a light to your outdoor fountain can set the outdoor living room in a calming mood for a relaxing setting. A fire pit is another great evening accessory. In the evening as the sun fades, it will provide light and warmth, it is also great to visit with friend around a fire, roasting s’mores or marshmallows!

Finally, add some accents to your garden. This may be in the form of a statue or birdbath. Wind chimes are great as well, because they add soft melodic sounds or maybe even a rain chain to enjoy even the days when the summer or spring rain approaches. The addition of bird feeders is another exciting feature, as they dray in beautiful birds. These are all great additions and ideas for any backyard setting, adding character, charm, and personality to your setting.
By: Susan Soler of the Team