Give your garden a staycation vibe
Staying home this summer? Aren't we all! What better excuse to give your garden a 'glo up' - inspired by your favourite staycations?
Even if a UK-based holiday is on the cards, we’ll probably all be spending most of the summer at home this year – quelle surprise!
But that does give you an excuse to spend some time and money (think how much you saved on that all-expenses paid overseas holiday!) on giving your outdoor space an upgrade. Don’t know about you but most of my social circle have invested in either a portable pizza oven, trampoline, DIY bar (or all three) already this year! Think it’s time to up my game…
Luckily, we’ve tapped up James Smith, Design Director of landscape design company, Bowles & Wyer to share the staycation-inspired trends coming to a garden near you this summer – do try this at home!
1. BRING THE INDOORS OUT
Although we’re all desperate to go away and get out in the evenings, it may take time to get back to our previous ways of socialising. We’re so accustomed to staying at home and are comfortable in our surroundings.
This means that gardens will be predominantly set up for socialising this summer, with comfy boutique hotel-style furniture and interior styling touches making their way outdoors. We’re also seeing an increase in the popularity of outdoor speaker systems, as well as mini bars, grills, and outdoor kitchen areas, for that holiday-at-home feel.
2. AFTER DARK
With gardens being enjoyed for longer during the balmier summer evenings, there’ll be even more focus on how they transform after dusk. Bringing lighting schemes to gardens is a growing trend, as it can totally transform the atmosphere and, of course, it’s practical too. Think of those moonlit walks across manicured hotel grounds with uplit planting schemes and pathways.
We’re seeing requests for festoon lights and mood lighting elements as well as blanket boxes becoming a must-have piece of garden storage, for when the nights get chillier.
3. HEALTH KICK
From dedicated spaces to grow herbs, vegetables and fruit (think country house hotel kitchen garden) to a place to exercise, gardens can do wonders for our physical and mental health. As well as the act of gardening being great for the body and mind, we’re seeing growing popularity in requests for outdoor exercise equipment and ‘green gyms’ at home – no excuses not to work out any more!
4. FAMILY FOCUS
Gardens also need to be somewhere for all the family to enjoy. With more time at home together, particuarly with the school holidays looming, we’re seeing increased requests for features such as paddling pools, hot tubs, trampolines and outdoor play equipment.
Fire pits will take centre stage this summer too, providing warmth for summer evenings but also as a focal point for families to gather around (a nod to glamping and huddling round the campfire) and enjoy quality time together away from screens and life’s stresses.
Thinking of enlisting the experts? Get in touch with Landscape Design Company, Bowles & Wyer to see how they could re-imagine your garden.