Gardens are a great place to go when you want some downtime. Being outdoors allows you to relax fully and reflect. Unsurprisingly, gardens are sought after. Modern homeowners seem to be appreciating their gardens more, which is why many are spending quite a bit of money on turning them into areas that they can use year round. Sales of patio heaters and heated seats have soared because people want to be able to enjoy their gardens during the winter months.
This is great, but if you really want to get the most out of your outdoor spaces you also need to create a few shady spots. That way you can safely stay outside even during the hottest part of the day. Here are a few simple ways to do it.
Plant a shade tree
You can buy all kinds of Shade Trees from The Tree Center and other online tree retailers. Provided you choose the right variety they are a great way to create a lovely cool spot for you and the wildlife will enjoy and benefit from them too. Once mature they will not require much maintenance if any. Plus you benefit from the fact that trees are really good at cleaning the air and that the root system can make it less likely that your garden will flood.
Create natural shade structures
If you do not have the space for a tree, do not worry because there are other ways to create shade using plants. Vines grown over a frame are a great example of what we mean. An arbor with a couple of Wisterias growing up it is another way to do it. Even a tall hedge or shrub will cast a shadow which can create a cool spot for you to sit in.
Put up a marquee or gazebo
Marquees are another great idea. These days they come in all shapes and sizes. They do not necessarily have to be permanent, either. If you are on a tight budget or will only want to use it occasionally a pop-up gazebo or marquee could be the ideal answer.
A swing with built-in shade
If you do not have a lot of space available buying a swing that has a shade built in is a good approach. Just be sure to buy one that does not need to be stripped down and painted or oiled each year. Unless, of course, this is a task you like doing and find therapeutic. Remember to remove the shade each autumn, dry it thoroughly and stow it away safely. You can still use the swing on warmer days, but you do not want the wind to rip it or the rain to cause it to rot.
Put up an awning
With a bit of imagination and a sail-style awning, it is possible to create shade in the corner of a yard. You can use existing structures in your garden to stretch the awning between. This page explains how to make your own sail shade and install it.