This week’s rainy, windy weather has inspired me to think about how people can enjoy their gardens all year round. It’s easy to think that in the UK, we should all put away our garden furniture at the end of September, give the lawn one last mow and wait for spring to emerge.
But with the right garden and landscape design, you can extend your enjoyment of your outside space through our darker months.
By installing high-spec lighting throughout the garden, you can enjoy your outdoor space even when you’re not outside. With strategically placed lights, under statement trees and garden features, you can see them when it’s dark, and it makes your personal space simply feel larger. Don’t close your curtains and shut out all that lovely space when it’s there for you to enjoy.
Outdoor kitchens with underfloor heating
By creating an indoor/outdoor space, you could be eating your Christmas dinner in your outdoor dining area. During the winter, the bi-fold windows and doors remain closed and the underfloor heating keeps you toasty. When the summer comes along, you simply open up the bi-folding doors and slatted roof for the perfect outdoor dining area, with every facility you need.
Sunken fire pit area
I have designed numerous sunken fire pit areas which are the perfect autumn gathering place. Put some huge crackling logs on the fire, offer cushions and blankets all round, and maybe a hot toddy – and you are set for the evening.
What am I reading?
Like many people, I’ve been following the COP26 summit on the news and on social media this week. I read this fascinating article on Dezeen, by artist and designer Es Devlin imagining the world in 2036 if humanity actually makes the huge changes required in terms of climate change.