When warm weather arrives, most people prefer to be outside as much as possible, making an outdoor space more than just a garden. Today, gardens are multi-purpose areas that reflect personal interests and personalities, and are often used for the same activities that take place indoors. A garden can serve as a much-needed retreat that – when well-designed and decorated – can help to increase a home’s liveable space.

Over the next 26 days, we’ll focus on the backyard by letter, with an A to Z guide, full of smart and stylish outdoor decor ideas, along with useful and unique garden elements.

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X – Xtras (and other brilliant garden essentials): This section includes my picks for the top 10 garden must-haves that weren’t included in the previous A-to-Z categories. This is the ultimate garden wish list!

1.    Games – For fun with friends and the family! Introduce a game or two such as; Giant Jenga, chess, badminton, lawn bowling, or my favourite – croquet.

2.    Hammock A plush, pillowed hammock in a bold eye-catching colour or stripe can be matched with an outdoor umbrella to add flair.

3.    Hot Tub – Take a soak in warm water.

4.    Gazebo – Offers a luxurious sheltered setting for dining or relaxation away from the main house.

5.    Greenhouse – Essential for the serious gardener.

6.    Lap Pool – The perfect space-saving solution for exercising and cooling off.

7.    Signs and Plaques – More than just a ‘welcome’ greeting or ‘beware of dog’ alert, quirky signs can add a whimsical element and help to highlight a garden theme.

8.    Stylish Shed Far more than a tool store, a shed can be styled to become a main garden feature.

9.    Tent or Tepee – Not just for festivals (and much cheaper than a gazebo); a cute tent with lots of plush floor cushions makes a fun and cozy addition.

10.  Trellis – The ever-useful garden trellis is no longer ugly and outdated. Trellises are now available in punchy colours and sculptural designs that support plants in a decorative way. Check out Flora and Terra Trellis.

 

Miss our last post from this A to Z guide? This guide is full of garden goodies, great ideas and practical solutions to help you create a summer-ready outdoor retreat. Just in case: 

A — Al fresco dining; B — Bunting; C — Cinema; D — Daybed; E — Eco Garden Room; F — Fire Pits; G — Glow-in-the-Dark Elements; H — Herb Garden; I — Irrigation System; J — Jumbo Joss Sticks; K — Kitchenette; L — Living Wall; M — Mosaics; N — Night Lighting O — Ornaments & Sculptures; P — Pizza Ovens; Q — Quirky Accessories; R — Recycled Elements; S — Solar Shading; T — Terrariums; U — Umbrellas; V — Vegetable Patch; W — Water Features.