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4 Ways to Create a Secret Garden

A garden should be a place of serenity, a sanctuary of calm. And a secret garden is the perfect way to create such a sanctuary. A haven away from the outside world, regardless of how big or small your outside space is, there are secret garden ideas to suit every garden. 

What is a secret garden?

A secret garden can be whatever you make it: the crux of it is that it’s a secluded, private, essentially a secret part of your garden. You don’t have to change your whole garden into a secret; when it comes to secret garden landscape design, a small area can be zoned off to create an out-of-the-way little area which isn’t as public and open as your main garden. 

How do you make a secret garden?

As experts in landscape gardening ideas, we would suggest that making a secret garden is easier than you think. Firstly, choose an area which would work well within your garden as a whole. Is there an area which is naturally more secluded and sheltered? If so, choose to zone this part off. 

There are some key aspects which you should consider including to create your secret garden:

Consider how you’ll zone the space: secret gardens should be designed so that you can’t see beyond the space. Will you zone yours with walls, garden fencing, hedges or simply containers and tall plants?

Create an entrance: creating an entrance is a great way of separating your secret garden. Consider wooden garden gates, a brick archway, a trellis arch or other hard landscaping. You don’t have to include a solid door as part of the entrance if you don’t wish to completely enclose the space; the important part is that there is a clear entrance into your secret garden as this will give it the feeling of stepping over a threshold into your beautiful little space of calm.

Consider protecting it from the elements: do you wish to use your secret garden in all weather? If so, consider the use of secret garden rooms or a gazebo with climbing plants trained against it.

Landscape to suit your needs: many people have an idea of how a secret garden should look, and it’s usually whimsical and magical. And of course, if this suits your needs, landscape with plants and hard landscaping which will give that cottage garden feel, such as climbing plants, rustic stepping-stones and cobbles and long grasses. But equally, if you wish to create a space which is more suited to your personality – such as an alfresco dining space or a secret beer garden – then do so! Secret gardens can be created to suit your garden needs and your character. 

How can I make my garden look magical?

If you do wish to incorporate all of the traditionally magical elements of a secret garden, the best thing to do is to think of the five senses. Plant to entice the eyes, the ears and the sense of smell first and foremost. Incorporate grasses which rustle in the breeze, or windchimes for a musical element. Include different touchable textures. And if you wish to do so, you could even add some edible elements, such as apple trees for a mini orchard or a herb garden, which would be perfect for cocktail hour! 

Remember to add lighting, too; good lighting can really set the mood of your secret garden, to make it cosy and calm. It’s also a great way to allow the secret garden to be used well into the night, which is great if you’re planning on entertaining in the space. 

Not sure how to landscape your secret garden? Talk to D&G Garden World!

If you want to create a secret garden but aren’t sure where to begin, get in contact with D&G Garden World. As experts in landscape gardening, we have plenty of secret garden ideas and can easily zone an area of your outdoor space for secret garden landscape design. For secret gardens across Hornchurch, Upminster and Brentwood, get in touch today and let us add those special elements of a secret garden into your outdoor space.