A garden can be lush and full and colorful, but the one thing that makes a charming garden, is coziness. Garden Rooms make for a cozy feel in a garden. Although they take time, a garden room can be accomplished quite easily. With a little attention and planning, a garden room can be created.
Holding back from lack of space, isn’t an excuse for not creating private getaway. A cozy, inviting garden room can be accomplished in a large or small yard. By scaling plants accordingly, anyone can make any space intimate.
Picking the right spot for a garden room isn’t difficult. Really a garden room can be right in the middle out in the open. By planting a border surrounding the area will make it private. It’s helpful to have mature “bones”….but with a little careful planting, a room can be created pretty quickly.
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An archway surrounded by plantings is an inviting way to start a room off. I love walking through an archway….kinda romantic, don’t you think?
This is one of my garden rooms in progress. All the “walls” around it are planted. By planting fairly fast growing shrubs for the outside borders…it’s boundries filled in the first two seasons. In fact, this is only it’s third summer as a room. Each year, by adding a little more, this room becomes more intimate. Here the outside barriers consist of giant reid grass…which by the way…will fill in generally by the second season. After that, you’ll most likely have to divide it. A small path runs along in front of the grass, then a cedar, and a Vitex form the next walls. As you can see a knockout rose sits next to the Vitex. I most likely will have to plant something a bit taller behind the knockout rose…but I’m giving it time….Yes…I left room just in case. Then the path winds around in a curve in front of the chairs. As the path circles in front of the chairs, It turns to form a semi-circle flowing behind it are some ancient spireas. Leaving enough room for a sitting area is essential.
Here is a view to this same area from the other entrance to this area.
Every great room needs seating. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. These are the inexpensive plastic Adirondack chairs you can buy at Wal-Mart. They will probably stay here forever….but they started out as a make-shift till I could afford something nicer…then I decided they were quite comfortable.
Leaving this room from one direction, this is an example of how to make your garden borders more interesting and inviting by adding soft curves to them. Can you guess what this garden is lined with? A busted up sidewalk…..in fact….all my flowerbeds are lined with recycled concrete from various projects I’ve run across here and there.
Pardon my mess….this year my yard has sort of gotten away from me. The photo below is that same exit….only in a sunset…you can read about my country sunsets too.
Can you tell…I like lots of rooms. My front yard is completely open….but from my house back….it’s room after room!
On the other side of my home….here is the entrance to another room.
By creating an island in the center of a square or retangle….a curvy winding path can be made around it. This keeps a mystery to what’s ahead. By not revealing the end result…or just giving peeks at it….the urge to explore is amplified. Circling around in front of this lavender false indigo….below is the seating area in this room.
My angel needs to be moved….my “walls” have outgrown her. She watches over me as I sit and read a book…and drink my coffee. This is the perfect location in the mornings…the humming birds adore the orange trumpet vine that twines along the fence.
When leaving this garden, the grass is a little brown….I sprayed it last year to put in a rock pathway..but time got away from me….it’s growing back in…I’m not killing it again till the rock is sitting in my driveway! lol
Lastly, this is an area that will eventually become a room. The plantings on the right are filling in nicely. The only reason it’s not a room yet…is, I’m still trying to decide…room…or pond. The pond might be winning this war.
Lastly a sneak peak at a future project for the garden…..
Once the foundation for a garden room is laid…the fun begins. Placing and arranging seating and accessories is the fun part. Next…grab a good book, a cup of coffee and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Adding a garden room is pretty simple….surround yourself in bushes….and plop a seat down…it really IS that simple!
When looking through my garden photos…you may be tempted to say to yourself…yeah…it probably took twenty years for that garden to look like that. I moved to this place less than six years ago. There was NO grass…and nothing but a few mature cedar trees on this place. I basically started with DIRT. My yard, inside the fence is about a 1/2 to 3/4 of an acre…and there isn’t a spot of dirt left…if I can do that in less than six summers…you can create a garden room before you’ve lived somewhere twenty years. Gardening is a process…and it does take time…but half the fun is watching it grow. Settle in…and start somewhere…it’s so worth it.
Have you started your garden room? I hope I’ve inspired you to get yours started.