Hop On The Cozy Garden Nook Trend Pinterest Is Loving In A Few Easy Steps

As fun as it can be to walk around and admire your garden, creating a cozy outdoor seating space will allow you even more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your own yard. It's no wonder Pinterest is so excited about the garden nook trend, as it allows you to create your own snug space that's comfortably nestled among your favorite trees and flowers. This will allow you to both relax alone outside and entertain your friends and family in a unique space. Creating your own garden nook is as simple as following these easy steps: choosing the right location, deciding on the hardscape materials, buying the seating, and adding ideal plants.

Outdoor seating areas and garden furniture may date as far back as the Egyptians, so there are a variety of styles and time periods you can take inspiration from as you create your own nook. However, while your specific aesthetic can and should be reflected, don't forget practical considerations as well. Also consider what plants and materials work best in your climate. This will ensure you get the most use out of your garden nook and can enjoy it for years to come.

Choosing the best location and hardscape for your garden nook

You may already have a perfect location for your garden nook picked out, but if not, survey your yard and find a space that meets your needs. Look for a flat area that isn't prone to flooding. Remember that you can and likely will add additional plants around the area, which can provide more wind or sun protection if necessary. You may also install a pergola, as they can be an affordable and stylish backyard upgrade that adds shade and provides a structure for climbing plants to grow up. Think about how you intend to use the space to decide how large of an area you'll need. If you simply want a private and peaceful outdoor area to drink your morning coffee, then you may only need a few feet of space, but if you hope to host garden parties, then a far larger garden nook may be necessary.

Once you've found the perfect location, consider what kind of material you want to use on the ground. Grass creates a beautiful and natural look, but it could be easily damaged by chairs and tables and the shade cast by them. Pavers or other stones are an elegant and classic solution, but they can be time-consuming to install and challenging to level if the pavers sink. Mulch or wood chips can be a practical solution, as long as you don't mind adding more as they begin to decompose.

Seating and plants for your garden nook

Once you've found the ideal location and ground cover for your garden nook, it's time to buy the perfect outdoor furniture. As important as the look and style of the furniture is, it's even more important that it's comfortable and durable or else you're not likely to use your outdoor space often. How you plan to use your garden nook is also an important consideration for choosing furniture, as the pieces necessary for an outdoor workspace may be different from the furniture you'd want in a space used as an outdoor living room. Don't forget to check estate sales for outdoor furniture, as you can often find beautiful pieces at affordable prices there.

The final step to creating your garden nook is adding the plants. These plants can serve several purposes, including creating shade and shelter for your outdoor hideaway, providing a wind break or privacy screen, and adding natural beauty. Trees like arborvitae, which are hardy in USDA zones 3 through 8, are fast growing and, in the right conditions, can quickly act as a living fence to protect you from wind and prying eyes. Large container plants can also provide some privacy and help bring your space together. If your favorite part of the garden is sharing it with wildlife, consider adding pollinator plants like bee balm or trumpet vine to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your nook as well.