Your Garden, Your Home: Giving Your Garden That Family Feel*

*This is a collaborative post*

The garden is a favourite part of the home for many people. It’s easy to see why it generally has such a high enjoyment level amongst families in particular. It is a great place to enjoy some time together, and it can be especially wonderful in the warmer months when everyone is keen to be outside. But no matter the time of year, or what kind of space you have outside, you will always be able to get some real enjoyment out of it. Nonetheless, it might be that you want to improve it even more, in which case you are probably keen to find a way to give your garden a real family feel. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can do that.


Clearly Define The Space

If you want your garden to be more of a family unit space, you first need to make sure that you have clearly defined the limits and shapes of that space. For most gardens, this will be relatively straightforward, and you probably won’t even need to do anything. But at other times still it might be the case that you need to put up a couple of concrete fence posts and make it clear where your garden begins and ends. Having this space clearly defined makes a huge difference to the way it feels for your entire family, and will be much more likely to feel like a true family space. However you do it, you should consider this an essential early step in the whole process.

Personalise The Plants

Your choice of plants can say a great deal about you and your family - if you want them to. This is one of the quickest ways to make a space much more yours than anyone else’s, by personalising it in this way. You can be as subtle or as bold as you like here. However you feel it is best to do it, you can do that, and you will probably find that you and the family are able to enjoy the space a lot more. You might want to think of a plant or flower which represents each member of the family, for example, and then make a bed with those plants in some way. Or you might lay some paving together, and use the opportunity to plant some personalised plants in the cracks. However you do it, you can expect to enjoy the results of this greatly.


Spending Time

One of the best ways to make any space feel more suitable for your family is simply to spend more time there with them in your company. If you spend more time in your garden as a family, you will almost certainly find that it helps to make the space much more homely. This works by association, and it is a trick worth bearing in mind if it just doesn’t seem to be quite right. Ask yourself: how much time have we actually been spending here? If the answer is not a lot, then consider upping that ratio a little. 

*Contributed by Sam Jones

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