Essential Elements for Creating a Secret Garden

If there is any outdoor home improvement project that’s truly personal and rewarding, it’s making your very own secret garden. And because it’s close to your heart, it’s best that you take great care in planning it out. To start you off, here are a few of the most important elements of a secret garden that you need to keep in mind.


The word “secret’ shows your project’s nature from the very start, which means it has to offer you more privacy than the usual outdoor deck. While a deck for entertaining may still be necessary, it’s nice to have an intimate space where you can unwind after a long day’s work. Maximize the use of shapes, sizes, and colors in the foliage and garden features that can increase your nook’s privacy without altering the landscape. Trellises for climbers are a good idea. Think vertical planting and layers.


Since your project is still a garden, everything in it has to appeal to the senses and put you at ease. Think of natural sights, sounds, and scents that leave you feeling peaceful. Maybe you’d like a good look at the sky, the trickling of water or maybe the gentle scent of flowers. What activities do you find relaxing? If you are into reading, knitting or any others hobbies, you can also include a place for your books or materials there.


A secret garden is a place of contemplation, where you can quietly enjoy the scenery be alone with your thoughts. That said, it would be wise to position comfortable seats and other similar furnishings, says gardening experts at Authentic Provence. If you’re building a living space there, consider adding antique outdoor furniture and fireplace mantels so you can snuggle up and stay warm.

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The book The Secret Garden states, “Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic…” So when you create your secret garden, remember that it has to be a private area where you can freely be yourself. Keep that in mind throughout the building project.