For many, autumn is a time to retire from the garden and throw away the back door key until the weather warms up again. At LOFA, we think this is a crying shame. There is so much autumn garden inspiration available, and ideas can be sparked even just from looking outside at parks and streets that feature trees and foliage. For us, autumn is a time to turn your garden into a russet wonderland, so we’ve gathered together some tips and ideas for your autumn garden inspiration, so you can keep using your outside space all year round.
Autumn Garden Lighting
Although we haven’t quite been plummeted into the dark afternoons that winter brings, the evenings are getting noticeably shorter as the sun sets earlier and earlier each night. Fresh evenings are a beautiful time in autumn, when the air is still crisp and a dusk-light hangs over the lawn. However, this dimmer time does not allow for much visibility in your autumn garden. September and October are ideal months to invest in some good garden lighting as it gives you time before winter to install and experiment, allowing you to build up your own illuminated haven.
We’ve spoken before about how solar powered garden lights work, explaining that they can still be very effective even during the darker months. If you’re not sure that solar-powered lights will be quite bright enough for you in your autumn garden, you can always mix and match solar powered garden lights with normal garden lights, helping you to stay energy efficient but well-lit throughout the year. We’ve even covered everything you need to know about garden lighting maintenance, so you can keep your autumn garden lighting in perfect condition.
Create Cosy Cover
There are few things in life more blissful than sitting undercover in your autumn garden with a hot cup of tea, listening to the rain hitting your plants and breathing in the sweet fragrance that the water droplets release from the flora and fauna. Installing a covered area, such as a gazebo, will ensure that you can while away autumn days in just this way, rather than huddled inside your house away from nature. If you’re looking for autumn garden inspiration, look no further than blankets and hot drinks in your own little garden shelter.
Whether you invest in a beautiful new gazebo, or simply transform an old garden shed into a cosy autumn hideout, creating an autumn nest for yourself at the back of your garden will transform the way you think about your garden through the seasons. Filling your outside shelter with blankets, cushions, and stringing up some warm fairy lights will ensure you’re never caught out in the cold.
Autumn Garden Wildlife and Planting
Embracing the natural changes that are occurring in your garden throughout this season is the best way to harness autumn garden inspiration. By working with the season, your garden aesthetic will be harmonious with the world around it, drawing influence and beauty from the naturally evolving landscape beyond.
One of the best ways to embrace autumn in your garden is to encourage the local wildlife. There are many ways you can do this, from collecting bundles of sticks and placing them in corners of your garden along with raked up leaves for small mammals to shelter in, to having nest boxes available for birds to use to keep warm.
Another piece of autumn garden inspiration advice we can give is to get planting in your garden! Summer blooming may be over, but now is the perfect time to do a spot of gardening to make sure you have beautiful plants blossoming even in winter. You can plant containers with flowers such as Violas, which flower in winter and last all the way through to early spring. Having budding and colourful plants in your garden, or even planting ones ready for next year, will keep you in tune with your outdoors and give you plenty to tend to and look forward to.
Autumn Garden Furniture
Summer may have seen you lounging on deck chairs, shading beneath parasols and lighting up the barbecue, but autumn changes the way you’ll use your garden. Many find that the best way to use their garden is to have a range of garden furniture available for different seasons throughout the year. Autumn garden furniture comes in many varieties, whether you need weather-resistant garden dining sets to withstand the downpours, or have a great sheltered area in your garden where you can set up a lovely lounging area without risk of tarnishing, deciding how you’ll be using your garden will guide you in what autumn garden furniture you should invest in.
For some autumn garden inspiration, we find that firepits and chimineas are great at this time of year, whether you’re roasting marshmallows or making jacket potatoes on Bonfire Night. If you don’t have a sheltered area, you can use weather-resistant chairs and tables and bring out cushions on the night to make them comfy for you and your guests. Some parasols are also able to protect from the rain, being waterproof, so you might find that a parasol is a great addition to your autumn garden furniture set, allowing you to use your garden through any rain or shine.
Autumn Garden Inspiration
From the animals that are scuttling around, to the colours on the trees, there is a wealth of autumn garden inspiration that you can draw upon to transform your garden into the perfect retreat for the colder months. Your garden should be an extension of your home, so don’t fall prey to neglecting it once the summer is over; there are so many ways that you can still use your garden even in the autumn and in many ways, it is even more beautiful at this time of year.
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