Autumn is a time for change. The weather gets colder, the winds become stronger and the nights get longer in the run-up to winter. All this sounds bleak, especially if you like spending time in your garden, but it’s possible to make a few changes; even if you have to wear an extra layer or two whenever you step outside. We’ve got a few cool ideas for improving your garden, on a big or even a small scale.

Fire pit

Fire pit
Image credit – Landscape Design Mid Cities – Modern Outdoor Living Area Landscape Design Southlake

It might seem a little on the strange side, but when it’s cold and dark, having a fire pit in your garden or patio makes sense. Every bit as warming as a fireplace, a fire pit comes into its own, especially for Halloween and Bonfire Night. They can get any guests you have talking, as well as work as an amazing centrepiece in your garden.

Outdoor pods and buildings

Pod
Image Credit: Podspace – Stone eco chamber

Hello extra living space! Not only can pod spaces extend the life of your home, they are also trendy places to entertain – garden parties, cosy winter fondues or places to snuggle in front of fires. Pod spaces also make excellent spare rooms such as garden offices, a guest bedroom or even a kids playroom.

Hidden doors

Hidden doors
Image credit – Stephen Walker – York Secret garden

They can make your garden seem a little quirky, which is no bad thing. Hidden doors can either blend in with the walls or fencing or they can be obscured by wall plants. Either way, they can help to save a little space and make your garden seem like it’s bigger than it actually is, which can impress anyone coming to visit. And you’ll have a great time winding up guests as to what really lies behind your hidden door.

Lighted Pathways

Lighted Pathways
Image credit Houzz: Bradley Residence

I think these are the rich playboys/girls solution to a serious lighting issue. It looks way more expensive than it needs to be (solar lighting can seriously work and be quite cheap) and this gives a great presence to a drive way, garden path or patio.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls
Image credit – Dollia Sheombar – Autumn Stream

Something that would be really cool leading up to a pond, a small waterfall can add a touch of magic to any garden, even when it’s cold outside. If you do have one installed, it’s probably best placed on the edge of your pond, and needs to be watched carefully during winter, as you won’t want it to freeze over!

Staircases

Staircases
Image credit – Ben Thé Man – A Pilgrimage to Vat Phou

Like hidden garden doors, staircases can also lend a sense of Harry Potter intrigue to a garden. Whether used for planting (like a trendy rock garden), to join a split level garden or just for show, these can be made to look seriously fairy tale. Add grasses, moss, mood lighting and friends, and you got your very own awesome place to hang out at winter parties. Just don’t forget your gloves.

How would you update your garden this season?

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