How To Create An Outdoor Living Space

Agriframes outdoor living space

Over the last few years, more than ever, being outside has been proven to be hugely important for our health and wellbeing and of us are taking the opportunity to create outdoor living and entertaining spaces - summer evenings with friends and family are just around the corner.

Planning your planting, getting out to do some digging or harvesting the crops from your garden are all things to look forward to, but it’s also good to make time and space to enjoy a moment of peace and calm - use these tips on how to create an outdoor living space where you can take a break, surrounded by fragrance to relax your mind and body.

Choose An Area to Enclose

It could be a space close to a wall, or a fence, or under a mature tree - perfect to create the feeling of a ‘retreat'.

Agriframes Arbour

A garden arbour would be perfect in a smaller garden tucked into a quiet corner - all of the arbours in Agriframes range are designed to accommodate a bench and some of the larger sizes will easily provide a sheltered area in which to place a table and chairs for entertaining.

Where space is at a premium the Harrogate Arbour has a flat back allowing it to be tucked in close to a wall or fence and maximising the room you can use inside without encroaching too much on the garden.

Agriframes Gazebo

While an arbour has a distinct 'entrance', a gazebo allows you to enter the enclosed area from all directions - perfect if you want to create a centre piece or use your structure as a division between two areas of your garden.

If you would like to create a seating area close to the house or other building the a wall pergola is an ideal way to extend your living space allowing you to open the door straight into an al fresco area for dining or relaxing.

Use Climbing Plants For Colour & Scent

If you are looking for year round colour and scent these reliable favourites will quickly cover your structure and provide you with cover, flowers and perfume

  • Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera Serotina)
  • Climbing roses (e.g. Rosa Gertrude Jekyll)
outside living

Give Your Garden A Direction

A garden arch over the path leading to your chosen area can give the sense of entering into a different ‘room’ in the garden and curving beds either side of your retreat give you the chance for more aromatic and scented planting.

Agriframes garden arch

Create some separation through the garden using screens and careful planting so that not all areas are visible from the house or gateway - it creates a sense of curiosity to discover what lies beyond and adds privacy to your outdoor living space.

Select Your Plants For The Whole Year

Spirits can be lifted on a winter tea break by the heady scent of winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) or Christmas box (Sarcococca confusa) and make sure you include some aromatics such as Lavender and Rosemary that will release scent as you brush past them. 

Don't forget scented annuals such as sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) - an obelisk will help support them above the herbaceous planting - or night scented stocks (Matthiola longipetala) can be sown for evening fragrance after a hot summer day.

Take a break to enjoy your garden - and plan your next project!