We’ve always been interested in garden “rooms,” but this idea has even greater importance and interest today. Most of us aren’t traveling during the pandemic, so our yards have become a place of focus and refuge. Many are working from home, so these outdoor spaces are also our office and “Zoom Room.”
Creating several outdoor living areas has many advantages. We can identify some places where it’s most cool and shady in the mornings –the breakfast room– and others that are pleasant in the afternoons or evenings. A cocktail hour garden, anyone?
The beauty of thinking about garden rooms is that you don’t necessarily have to do an entire redesign of your landscape. The addition of a few plants for privacy, some beds for flowers, outdoor furniture and some accessories can create such living spaces easily and quickly. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Once you’ve got a few outdoor rooms going, don’t forget to use them! Remember to sit outside in the morning before it gets hot, and watch the birds come and go. This is one of the pleasures of feeding the birds all year…you not only get that motion and color, but you also have the pleasure of watching adult birds teaching their young how to eat at a feeder!
Enjoying the wildlife and the garden is a life-affirming experience we can all use these days, so create some spaces for rest and renewal in your landscape.