backyard retreat

At this time of year, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, many of us focus on ways to bring a bit more romance into our lives. Maybe you’re planning a special date, or just wish you had a private space in which to relax on a regular basis. A soothing backyard retreat would even make a great Valentine’s Day present! Keeping that in mind, here are a few ideas for creating your own private backyard retreat.

Keep it intimate. Your retreat space should provide enough space for two people to comfortably use it. Consider that when arranging the space and choosing seating.

Consider a theme. Would you enjoy a soft, grassy spot to practice yoga? Or is a cozy reading nook more your style? Consider how you will want to use the space so that you can design shapes, colors, and materials accordingly.

Make it cozy. A wall of lattice (perhaps with climbing vines), an arbor or pergola, or a wall can separate your special space from the rest of the yard. A neutral color theme provides a soothing ambiance.

Think about noise barriers. To both reduce street noise and protect your private conversations, a noise barrier such as shrubbery or a water feature might be in order. The water feature will engage another sense and make it more pleasant to relax.

Consider nighttime use. A fire pit or twinkly outdoor lighting could be the perfect way to finish your special space. Make it perfect for late-night drinks and conversation with that special someone.

Sometimes a relaxing walk through a garden is just what you need to inspire a new project. Give us a call and we’ll help you select lush plants, romantic flowers, and other elements to help you complete your perfect backyard retreat.