How to Create a Secret Garden

Secret garden envy?  Have you ever wondered how to create a secret garden – if so read on for some top tips.

Down the bottom of our rather ramshackle and untidy garden their are two sheds. The space in front of them was filled with a big prickly thorn bush. You could barely get to the shed door and it was an eyesore.

A complete waste of space.

For quite some time my husband and I had been dreaming of clearing that space and building a little area down there to eat at.

I saw a picture in Notcutts gardening magazine of a sweet little seating place that I adored.  I showed it to him and said  ‘that’s it, that’s what I am after.’

 

How to create a secret garden

How to create a secret garden

 

He just smiled

 

How to Create a Secret Garden – where to start 

The lovely Jen Stanbrook from Love Chic Living took me shopping  and helped me crystaliee my dream for our little garden.; She guided me to think of five words that would describe and to think of these words as we shopped I wanted the area to be Fresh, Colourful, Happy, Natural and Social (and secret)

We bough home our stash of planters and seating, watering can, a tray and table..told Jonny what we were thinking and off he went. (I’m not a lazy bystander gardener honest, he wanted to do this all by himself and the kids had endless parties to go to!! )

 

How to create a secret garden

Anyway first he went to the garden centre, then he pottered off into the garden with his radio and a few beers and apart from feeding him we hardly saw him again all weekend.

Look at what he made……totally obscured  from the house and the rest of the garden except for a tiny glimpse through  the blossom ..

How to create a secret garden

 

Just as you round the corner by the shed you can see it begin to appear….

 

How to create a secret garden

 

He had added willow to disguise the fence, pea gravel over a membrane and small piles of scottish pebbles

 

How to Create a Secret Garden

 

The chair set and the vintage styled planters were from Homesense. He had bought pale cottage garden plants to fill the planters and tie in with the relaxed and natural theme.

 

How to Create a Secret Garden

 

Isn’t it absolutely beautiful?

 

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There are several lanterns down there so we can sit down there in the evenings

 

How to create a secret garden

 

The large jasmine fills the little area with the sweetest fragrance and quite hidden form the world you can just sit and dream, drink coffee, read a book or just remember why you love the one you love.

 

How to Create a Secret Garden

 

Huge thanks to Jen  and to Jonny you have both made me really happy

 

Our secret garden

 
How to create a secret garden – do you think you might have ago?

 

 

How to create a secret garden – further reading

Maybe the best book to read down your secret garden would be the book the secret garden!

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37 Comments

  1. Florentino
    November 19, 2014 / 4:24 am

    It’s like a safe haven where I could totally loosen up from the city life. My wife and I would be sipping red tea once our own secret garden is done. Loved this so much!

  2. Jessica D.
    July 11, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    Wow, I love it. Your turned your back yard into a cute little space.

  3. May 7, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    Pretty! I want a secret garden too now 😉

  4. May 1, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Absolutely spectacular. Even the photos without being there do me go. Being there must be so very calming and tranquil. How beautiful.
    Liska x

  5. Honest Mum
    April 29, 2014 / 11:23 am

    Utterly beautiful, in the process of sorting our garden out in the new house, feeling inspired! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  6. Christina Maroc
    April 26, 2014 / 5:44 am

    Wonderful

  7. Leanne @suggys.co.uk/Leanne
    April 25, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Oh i LOVE IT!!! This is just the sort of thing i would in our Garden, something secluded that’s just mine!… at the minute our Garden is pretty much a Blank Canvas :/ I must try Harder! 🙂 #HDYGG

  8. Molly @MollyandthePrincess
    April 25, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    That is so beautiful. I love your story and your pictures, it is all very magical, and I can just imagine it all – perfect. Enjoy! #LoveYourHome

  9. April 25, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    what a wicked garden! thanks for sharing, this is just lovely!

    #brilliantblogposts would love it if you came over and said hi! carsonsmummy.blogspot.co.uk xx

  10. April 25, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    ah, how lovely… that’s a great little spot you have there! x

  11. April 25, 2014 / 9:09 am

    How lovely – it is really inspiring me to do something with ours.

  12. Helen The good life mum
    April 25, 2014 / 7:30 am

    that looks like a lovely place to get some peace and a cuppa #hdygg

    • becky
      Author
      April 28, 2014 / 6:22 am

      Oh it really is

  13. April 25, 2014 / 7:08 am

    This is just magical. Your partner is should be very pleased with this creation & handy work but that really does look fabulous! Pssst don’t show the kids! They’ll find you! lol #brilliantblogposts

  14. April 24, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    Wow – how lovely of him, will you loan him out – I have beer! Just a smashing spot now, bet it’s lovely to sit out there with a cup of tea and maybe a cheeky hobnob!
    Thanks for sharing Becky! x

  15. Jane @ northernmum
    April 24, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Wow – just wow x

  16. Katie
    April 24, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    I love it! We are trying to create a secret area, but I don’t think that we are getting it right. I’ve got some beers in the fridge- please send him round here if he’s free!

  17. April 24, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    there a plot of land behind our garden which is overgrown and unused. i really want to buy it and make it our secret garden so we can hide away too!

  18. April 24, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    You must be so happy with the result. It looks perfect and I’m imagining the smell of the jasmine as I look at the photos.

  19. April 24, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    Ah this looks so lovely. It would be a great place to have a cold glass of homemade lemonade on a hot day 🙂

  20. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    April 24, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    love that corner! a great space to read and just meditate! #HDYGG

  21. April 24, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    He did good!
    What a job, and what a transformation – I’ve got the film live on the blog today too 😉 Thanks to you both for making it happen x

  22. debra
    April 24, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    I absolutely love this… it’s so romantic and just like something out of one of my whimsical daydreams! #LoveYourHome

  23. Jenny
    April 24, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    Your secret garden is stunning. I am so very jealous. It’s beautiful and I bet so peaceful. What a great secret little place for you. I love it. So creative to use this space for this. Thanks for sharing. #loveyourhome

  24. April 24, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    That is absolutely beautiful! I bet it’s lovely with the lanterns in the evenings too! We are currently in the midst of a meteor shower if you need any excuse at all to sit out there in the dark! 🙂

  25. April 24, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    how sweet and how absolutely perfect!

  26. Kirsty
    April 24, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    It really so tranquil and relaxing. Your little piece of quite country living in your back garden!It just shows you what a bit of imagination and some hard work can do. Your jasmine looks wonderful. The scent must be heavenly.

  27. April 24, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    how lovely! i am really jealous 🙂

  28. April 24, 2014 / 11:31 am

    Oh Becky, it is amazing, when can I come over for afternoon tea, will bring the cake! Isn’t Jen clever!

  29. fashion-mommy
    April 24, 2014 / 9:57 am

    Oh my! That is so magical and beautiful. What a great idea.

    #BrilliantBlogposts

  30. April 24, 2014 / 9:55 am

    LOVE your secret garden! It’s GORGEOUS! Now I want a cuppa there! Strangely, my recent blog is about my secret garden – and my washing line! x

  31. April 24, 2014 / 8:13 am

    This is so lovely, I’d love somewhere similar to have a bit of a hiding-out and evening drink occasionally.

  32. April 24, 2014 / 7:45 am

    This has given me goosebumps!

    What a wonderful idea.

    Shall I pop the kettle on and get out the posh china cups and saucers? That table is perfect for a little tea party.

  33. April 24, 2014 / 7:34 am

    Ooh that is simply lovely, what a fab place to hideaway with a mug of coffee!

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