Autumn gardens can be beautiful. Russet-coloured, yellow and brown leaves, a fresh chill in the air and perhaps a bonfire. Here’s how to turn your garden into a cosy setting this season.
These simple tricks will turn autumn gardens into a cosy and snug sanctuary. If you still want to use your outdoor space for hosting guests, having your meals al fresco or curling up with a nice book on chilly autumn days, here’s how to give your backyard a little seasonal update.
Chris Bonnett, the founder of Gardening Express, says: “Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean you have to head inside. Instead you can embrace the refreshing autumn breeze by making some cosy additions to your outdoor space.
“Some of the suggestions include brightening up the surroundings with outdoor lighting and adding more soft furnishings.
“By doing these few things you can enjoy your garden all year round.”
Here are the best tips to transform your garden from the experts at Gardening Express.
Add outdoor lighting
The days are getting shorter, so it’s important to brighten your surroundings with outdoor lights. Hanging up fairy lights and lanterns will bring a soft glow that will enhance the ambience of autumn gardens. If you’re looking for an inexpensive option, then solar powered lighting is a great choice that looks good too.
Add outdoor heating
It’s likely to get chilly in late November and December, so why not invest in some heating? It’ll allow you to enjoy autumn gardens for longer, without feeling you need to bolt for the warmth of indoors.
Create some shelter in the garden to prevent the unpredictable weather stopping you from enjoying your outdoor space this autumn. Some patio cover ideas for autumn gardens are shade sails, pergolas, gazebos and covered swing benches.
Accessorise with soft furnishings
Outdoor cushions and blankets help to create a cosy setting in autumn gardens. You can also use the accessories to inject some colour and fun designs into your patio setup.
Add an outdoor rug
Outdoor rugs are a great way to make autumn gardens feel cosy and warm. They’re designed to withstand any weather conditions meaning they are far more cost-effective than purchasing a normal rug.
Opt for a warmer colour palette
Deeper reds and tartan prints are perfect for setting the cosy mood in autumn gardens. Warmer and more neutral colour tones fit nicely with red and brown leaves falling on the ground, so incorporating this into furniture and décor choices is a great call.
Invest in weather-proof garden furniture
If you want to make the most of your garden over the autumn and winter months, then you may want to consider investing in patio furniture that is fit for all weather conditions. Some of the most durable and low maintenance material options for autumn gardens are rattan and aluminium.
Include autumnal plants
Choose the right autumn plants to add colour to your garden. Some examples of cold-hardy plants that look great in autumn gardens are aster, sedum, persicaria, autumn crocuses, winter aconite, trumpet honeysuckle and pansies.
Decorate gardens with an autumn wreath
Lastly, give your outdoor space a seasonal touch with a fabulous autumn wreath centrepiece. You can make it yourself by using dried flowers, holly, berries and ivy garland, or opt for an artificial ready-made wreath.
If you enjoyed this feature, then check out our guide to outdoor lighting.