How to Create a Serene Garden Lounge Your Neighbors Will Envy
You take pride in your home. So it comes as no surprise that you’d want to keep the exterior of your home looking as pristine as it is inside your home.
But you don’t just want a beautifully manicured lawn or a magnificent paint job. You want to take it a step further and create a serene garden lounge to take your neighbor’s breath away.
Not to mention you want a tranquil oasis to retreat to whenever you please.
According to a study by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NLAP), 90% of homeowners in America think it’s vital to have a well-maintained yard. The same study stated that Americans thought professional landscaping would allow their neighbors to have a more appealing yard.
There’s no doubt about it: finding a quiet and serene space to unwind can be challenging. Especially if you don’t have adequate space. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done!
So we’re taking a deep dive to show you how to create that stunning garden lounge you’ve been longing for.
1) Choose the Correct Landscaper For Your Garden Lounge Project
There are various things you can accomplish yourself on the exterior of your home to save money. With the right lawn care tips, you can certainly take care of your own grass, if you have the time – and handle the upkeep after you have a garden lounge installed as well.
But attempting a large task like this yourself can prove disastrous on many levels.
The same thing can be said about not selecting the right company. This typically isn’t your average landscaping job, and the landscaping company you choose should reflect the skills and expertise needed for this specific job.
Questions to Ask When Hiring a Landscaping Company:
- Do they specialize in garden landscaping?
- Are they licensed?
- Are they insured?
- Experience in the field?
- Project time length?
- Price of the project?
With most landscaping projects of this caliber, you must hire a professional. This is because it takes a certain degree of design-related skills to pull off a gorgeous garden lounge, along with other skills that your average person just doesn’t have.
2) Decide On All of the Variables
Creating a garden lounge can be a gigantic job which requires major planning. There are many variables to consider before you actually begin the project.
A Few Things to Consider:
- What flowers or shrubs will be used?
- What furniture will you need?
- Will you have a pond or fountain?
- Do you want a walkway?
- What’s your budget?
- What’s your overall vision?
The wonderful thing about creating a garden lounge is you have absolute control of the creativity of your vision. Your lounge should be a relaxing and calming retreat where you can get away.
So keep that in mind when you’re brainstorming.
3) Create Your Detailed Plan of Your Garden Retreat
Now that you have your vision in mind, it’s time to put that plan into motion. And the first step is to make a concrete plan.
You’ve decided on the types of furniture, flowers, and shrubs you’d like to use. You’ve decided whether you want a pond or fountain installed. But, you may not know where you’d like everything to go yet.
It’s an excellent start to know what you’d like your garden retreat to contain, but it’s another thing altogether to figure out where to put everything, complete your vision, and consider all of the design aspects that pull it all together.
It’s also crucial to think about practicality.
Practical Things to Consider:
- Will you be entertaining?
- How many guests?
- How much space do you have?
- Think about comfort
- Consider function and practicality
These considerations will help you decide on important factors.
For example, if you have a tiny spot to work with, you may only need two chairs and a small table. But if you have a large backyard and garden area and tend to entertain 10-15 people at a time, you’re going to have to consider that when you purchase your furniture and other items.
4) Tips For Crafting The Perfect Garden Lounge
Your garden retreat should offer solace. A peaceful, relaxing place to go to reflect, entertain guests, or just a safe place to hang out for yourself and your family.
There are various things you can include in your garden lounge to achieve this.
Herbs and Plants to Promote Relaxation
There are many herbs that are proven to induce relaxation and even sedation. Some that are ideal for inside your garden retreat are lavender, passionflower, lemon balm, lemon grass, and Hawthorn.
The Right Lighting
If you plan to use your garden oasis in the evenings – you’ll need to invest in proper lighting for obvious reasons.
And if experience chilly evenings, it’s worth the investment to purchase heated lights to keep you warm and to create an inviting atmosphere.
Choosing the proper furniture is imperative to your overall garden retreat vision.
This is your peaceful space, where you go to relax and be comfortable, most of all. So pick furniture that’s not only appealing and cohesive but also functional and comfy.
Ponds, Fountains, Bird Baths
There’s something about the sound of water in a garden lounge that makes it the perfect escape. If you go this route, it will depend on how much space you have, your budget, and your overall vision.
But any type of fountain, pond, or even a birdbath, can spruce up your garden area and bring it to a whole other dimension.
Sometimes outside factors like space or location can make it challenging or even impossible to place your garden in a spot with some shade.
So plan for canopies or even a large umbrella to go over a table. This way you can retreat from the sun, if necessary.
The moment you decide to craft the garden retreat of your dreams, you’ll be faced with many factors to consider.
The important thing though, is you do what you’re comfortable with, and you create an atmosphere you can see yourself enjoying for years to come.
If you have any questions or are looking to have your dream garden retreat crafted, contact us here or give us a call at (615) 581-2045.
We look forward to hearing from you!