How to create an irresistibly romantic garden….
What is a romantic garden?
Everyone will have their own definition. So with Valentine’s Day looming up, I’ve picked out ten ‘romantic garden’ ideas.
Just a little bit wild…
A romantic garden always has something hidden away. You can’t quite see everything.
This is a corner of a garden called Tara Tieve near Melbourne in Australia. Parts of the garden are smartly cared-for. But this little shady area shows how important it is to have secret spots where nature appears to be gently and beautifully taking over.
Soft, exuberant planting and old-fashioned plants
Soft, subtle colours and billowy blooms make a romantic garden planting. Garden maker Posy Gentles describes the colour palette in her own garden as ‘being like old lady’s knickers’.
I always thought she meant that ‘old ladies knickers’ were the baggy (sometimes knitted) underwear in over-washed soft peaches, pinks and off-whites that hung on washing lines in the 1960s and 70s.
Posy actually means those delicate silk and crepe-de-chine scraps of pale peach or pink lingerie and lace found in charity shops when very elegant old ladies die.
Romantic garden gates
Garden gates have always been romantic. Perhaps it’s because they stand between the public road and the intimacy of a private home or garden.
To buy antique or vintage garden gates, either search a local reclamation yard. Or Google ‘vintage gate’. You will get hundreds of results, many for sale through architectural salvage yards, eBay or other online auctions.
You can also find vintage designs in newly made galvanised garden gates here.
Note: There are some affiliate links in this post, which means you can click through to buy. If you do, I may get a small fee.
For the romance of discovery – the garden path
Romantic garden furniture
You don’t have to have hearts and flowers to make your garden furniture romantic.
Although I do love my French wrought iron heart chairs, bought from a depot vente in the South of France for £20 each in the early 1990s. We brought four of them back to England on top of the car, which presumably cost us a fortune in petrol.
New wrought-iron garden furniture, such as this set from Charles Bentley, is widely available.
There’s more about garden furniture here.
There’s lots of second-hand metal garden furniture around too. Check your local junk shops regularly. Faversham (Kent), is just around an hour and a half from London. It has a vintage and antique fair on the first Sunday of every month. There’s always vintage garden furniture in the mix somewhere.
Whether you buy new or second-hand, your furniture will look a bit more special if you paint it. We painted our French garden chairs in a soft grey, very similar to this Winter Grey Chalk Paint.
When choosing a colour, bear in mind that colours look paler outside than they do inside. Our grey garden chairs look white outside. But the grey-white is less harsh that an a pure ‘white’ white.
Somewhere to sit and talk
Romantic lanterns and lighting
If you don’t have electricity in your garden, then solar lighting is now both effective and inexpensive. I’ve had two strings of Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights in the garden for more than six months. Both are still working.
They were sent to me for review, so I have both the warm white and the blue light. I rather like the contrast of the two together, but it’s always worth checking you get the one you wanted.
Cushions and rugs
Faded, vintage cushions and rugs make a garden look romantic.
And roses are romantic
And, of course, a romantic shed
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