We dream of having an outdoor area that can be used all year round. Why have an area that can only be used for part of the year? These 3 design ideas will enable you to utilize this valuable part of your property.
Make sure you combine some landscape design elements with your outdoor entertaining area and you do not create a barren uninviting area. Having shrubs and trees to soften the overall design will create that outdoor space you have dreamed about.
3 Popular Garden Design Styles
If you live in a warmer climate then a tropical vibe with large lush leaves and pops of color will make sense and be a cool oasis surrounding your home.
Natural wood is a must when going for this design and areas to laze about and to keep cool. Lounges and hanging chairs would be the dream elements to add as well as privacy screens to create more shaded and protected areas.
The shade will be required and you may consider a pergola for a more open feel or a patio with an enclosed roof to offer year-round protection from the elements.
If the Mediterranean or an Alfresco, the vibe is more your thing then a more open design is needed and bringing in different elements like stonework and ironwork will be an ideal. The plants will be smaller and you may decide to keep them in planters and pots. Having edible plants like herbs are a must. Enjoy outdoor cooking or grilling with fresh herbs and flavors right at your fingertips.
Add comfort with a large table area to sit and enjoy the food and company. A pergola would offer some shaded areas and you may also decide to create a more sheltered area to keep the area usable on hot days when the sun is intense. You can adapt pergola roof designs that can add flair and more shade for this outdoor area. Traditionally vines such as grapevines were planted next to a pergola so that in summer the vines provided shade and in winter the vines would shed their leaves and allow light and warmth into the area.
If adding a vibe is not your thing you add extra screens to provide shade elements without losing too much sunlight and making the area too shady. In the cooler months, an alfresco style garden is so inviting to go and sit outside in the warmth of the sun.
Maybe a more modern and architectural design is your thing. Here you can choose plants based on their height and form to create lines and shapes within an overall garden theme. Pergolas work really well with this type of garden design as you can create different lines that add shade and protection as well as design flair. You can bring in natural timbers or work with stone and metal to bring an architectural feel to the outdoor space. Seating areas can be built into the garden design.
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