As summer fades and the days begin to cool off, fall offers the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. Take full advantage of this season by creating a cozy outdoor space where you can relax and take time to experience the aromas, sounds and colors of autumn.
The first thing to think about is siting. If you have an existing patio, porch or deck, you are off to a good start. If you don’t, why not add a small paved area (DIY it or call a local concrete contractor), using materials that relate to the materials your house is constructed of? We live in a granite house and added a low granite wall in our front garden which helps define the space and offers casual seating too.
Having at least a portion of your outdoor room under cover means you can get maximum use out of the space, even on cool, rainy days. An umbrella is a less expensive alternative for providing instant shelter. Unlike summer, when the need for covered areas to provide shade is critical, sunny days in autumn are much more welcome.
Perhaps you have a patio but it seems as if it was plunked down in the middle of your backyard. Surrounding it with evergreen hedges or a mixture of deciduous and evergreen plants on at least 2 sides will help create a cozy feeling. Another way to give a sense of enclosure is to use large containers of shrubs, trees and seasonal flowers to provide a screen. These can be grouped together or added in front of evergreen plantings or other structures including fences and walls.