1. In your area the libraries or the bookstores must be having tons of books devoted to the subject of garden design. There are also many gardening magazines that highlight gorgeous private gardens. Studying the pictures in these books and magazines is a great place to start developing ideas for your own garden hideaway. If you find anything interesting just take notes. While flipping through magazines do not forget collecting pictures that catch your interest, reflect your personality, and allow your sense of fun to come through.

2. Once you’ve developed a clear idea of the overall look and feel you want your hideaway to have, use it imaginatively in choosing the section of your garden. And despite the apparent contradiction, the smaller the hideaway, the more important good design becomes, for a small space can be taken in almost at a glance, and the attention to detail or its neglect, is immediately obvious.

3. You could love to add n arbor, trellis, or pergola to your cozy garden space will provide privacy and intimacy, give it structure and shape, add the illusion of space, and turn it into a more secluded hideaway.

4. You must select your plants wisely. Hanging plants, plants that climb, or plants that drape are excellent ways to soften edges and create flowing, natural spaces. The use of containers is also important, because they bring life and color to corners that might otherwise remain bare. And if isolated pots seem to lack impact, try grouping them.

5. The floor of your garden hideaway is equally important. If you have paving slabs or bricks and pavers, there are a number of plants that you can plant in the cracks and crevices that will help you achieve an aged, less-orchestrated look.

6. Adding good looking and well designed garden furniture to your garden hideaway will increase its elegance. What you choose to use will be related to how you envision using your hideaway. If you plan on using it alone or with a spouse, comfortable Adirondack chairs might prove winsome. If you have plans to share the space with family members or a few friends, built-in furniture saves space and helps prevent a small area from looking cluttered. Furniture that can easily be moved — such as a canvas director’s chair — is very effective and is quick and easy to fold up and store when not in use.

7. You will certainly prefer adding a little more special touches, such as wind chimes or a water feature – things that are not only visually appealing but also therapeutic – will turn your garden hideaway into your favorite place to be!

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