Garden comfort allows us to utilise outdoor spaces as an extension of our indoor spaces. With just a few tips and ideas, your outdoor area will have a desired level of garden comfort for you to enjoy for longer.
When it comes to making the most of your garden, comfort is an essential consideration. Regardless of whether your outdoor space is a balcony, patio, courtyard or bigger garden, the level of garden comfort will denote how useful is the space.
Now is a great time to start thinking about maximizing the comfort in your garden. If you begin to plan changes now, you will be ready and raring to go by the time Spring arrives.
This will ensure you’re able to make the most of the warm months in your newly-transformed outdoor space.
Garden Comfort: Shade from the sun
If you’re truly going to be comfortable in your garden, then being able to seek shade from the sun is an absolute essential.
Without adequate shade, you’ll soon find yourself too hot and bothered to really be able to enjoy the great outdoors.
There’s a variety of different ways you can obtain the shade you need. A parasol, as seen in the image above, is a chic way to create shade without taking up too much ground space, and is well worth considering.
Other options include shade sails, or perhaps even a gazebo or pergola if you’re feeling more adventurous.
Whichever you choose, having the option to shade from the heat of the sun is a great way to increase the comfort factor in your garden.
Garden Comfort: Control the risk of odours
When it comes to sitting outside and enjoying your garden, you can expect a feast for your senses. Sit back and watch the clouds skitter across the blue sky, or perhaps delight in watching a honeybee go about their work.
You’re able to enjoy the feel of the sun on your skin, and perhaps enjoy the sweet taste of an ice cream on a hot summer’s day.
However, there is one sense that can struggle outdoors: your sense of smell. There are numerous causes of unwanted odours in your garden; from compost heaps to a neighbour barbecuing up a storm, odours can be a consistent problem throughout the summer months.
If you’re looking for a comfortable garden experience, dealing with these odour issues is essential.
Thankfully, fighting back is relatively simple; all you need is the right selection of plants. Honeysuckle (pictured above) is renowned for its sweet fragrance.
Try planting it close to seating areas, so you can always retreat to an area of the garden that smells pleasant.
It’s also worth looking to herbs; lavender, for example, is one of the most popular fragrances in the world, and you can opt for an au natural version in your garden.
Lavender plants are easy to grow and maintain, and add a wonderful splash of purple to your overall garden aesthetic while helping to dampen the impact of unwanted odours.
A combination of honeysuckle and lavender should suffice for most gardens, and help to ensure that time spent in your garden is a comfortable experience for all of your senses!
Garden Comfort: Furniture you can lounge on
Garden furniture is an essential for comfort. While it’s nice to be able to sit on the grass, doing so is rarely comfortable enough to sustain for long.
However, if you buy the wrong kind, you’re unlikely to find that garden furniture offers much of an improvement!
Garden furniture can be downright uncomfortable; all sharp edges and harsh materials. If you want your garden to be comfortable, you’re going to want to opt for softer furniture; the kind that you can sink into, such as outdoor beanbags and other unconventional — but extremely comfortable! — forms of outdoor furniture.
Ultimately, soft and inviting is always going to be preferable to uncomfortable sun loungers and rigid chairs, so don’t be afraid to try something different in the name of creating the most comfortable outdoor space imaginable.
Garden Comfort: Keep the bugs away
If you’re trying to enjoy a summer’s day in your garden, you’ll soon be irritated to discover that a number of bugs and creepy crawlies have had the same idea.
Unfortunately, there’s no way of completely removing bugs from your garden, but there are a few things you can do to limit them.
One of the best natural options is to plant lemon balm (pictured above) or citronella; both of these herbs have long been associated with keeping bugs and other critters away.
These are particularly effective if planted around a seating area, and should help to ensure you can enjoy an al fresco meal without having to worry about uninvited, winged guests!
Garden Comfort: Make barefoot a possibility
There are numerous benefits to walking barefoot, but it’s an opportunity that few of us are afforded. One of the main reasons for this is comfort.
If you were to try and walk in your garden with bare feet right now, chances are it wouldn’t be long until you encountered a sharp twig or spiky weed— and the pain from such an encounter would counteract all the benefits you were trying to achieve.
To make going barefoot possible, you will have to focus on comfort when it comes to your garden maintenance.
Raking the grass is by far the quickest way of removing twigs and other sharp objects, and uprooting spiky weeds can be done by hand; these tasks, performed regularly, should leave you with a lawn that can be walked on, played on, and otherwise enjoyed in absolute comfort.
By implementing some, or all, of the ideas above, you can be confident that your garden is going to be a comfortable place to be.
Done right, a garden can act as an extension to your home, offering a variety of options to just sit and pass the day thanks to the ease of being in the space.
With extra comfort, you achieve extra functionality, and you’re therefore able to make the most of your entire home.