How to create a backyard haven

Adding creature comforts will take your backyard to the next level, turning it into an outdoor room that the family will enjoy. Top tips include...Do you have a garden oasis or… yawn… a backyard?

My backyard received a major overhaul last year in preparation for my daughter’s graduation party. And, buoyed by that success, this spring we became very ambitious. We installed a pergola and a water feature. And, in addition to multiple flower beds, we’ve added over 25 oversized clay pots which are already brim-full of bright flowers and charming trailing vines.

Adding creature comforts will take your yard to the next level, turning it into an outdoor room that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Adding creature comforts will take your backyard to the next level, turning it into an outdoor room that the family will enjoy. Top tips include...Comfortable seating and adequate lighting are just the beginning. Candlelight and potted flowers add ambiance to any size space (even a tiny apartment patio).

A fire pit creates a wonderful conversation area, warmth and a reason to gather.

The melodious sounds of a water feature provide a restful atmosphere. My own small waterfall is nestled amidst a rock garden, but I a container fountian or tiny pond would work equally well.

And, don’t forget those small details — a charming welcome sign, a convenient place to rest a glass of iced tea, or maybe a cozy hammock to complete the list of must-haves!

Adding creature comforts will take your backyard to the next level, turning it into an outdoor room that the family will enjoy. Top tips include...Above are some of the cozy backyard garden getaways that inspire me. Now, if I could just finish all of that weeding. Sigh…

For more great gardening inspiration, please visit Susan’s Garden on Pinterest.

Susan Said… WHAT?! is your guide to real style for the way you live. From fabulous fashion and accessories, to gorgeous gardens and stunning interiors, plus the latest products and tips for throwing parties, weddings, and events of all kinds. Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author and entrepreneur.  Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.

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