Designing Vintage Gardens

There are many options to consider when it comes to designing your garden. From rustic inspired gardens that blend in with the surrounding environment, to ultra modern designs that adhere to the latest trends. One style that is increasingly popular is the vintage garden aesthetic. This harkens back to the traditional British garden that many recognise from old photos. Creating your own timeless garden is simple, as these 4 tips show:

Retrofit!

 Metal Lawn Chair - Image from Pinterest

Metal Lawn Chair - Image from Pinterest

Better Homes & Gardens believes that retrofitting your garden is the first step to achieving a vintage look, and the easiest way to do so is through buying old pieces of furniture. Scour antique shops, auction websites, and even car boot sales, for original vintage items that you can use in your precious garden. Think of things like painted metal lawn chairs, as they are classic examples of old outdoor seating. An antique iron table and a freestanding umbrella could go a long way to completing that traditional look, and they will definitely come in handy at teatime. (As for going to flea markets, we here at VE advise if you find something you love, snap it up straight away, before somebody beats you to it!)

Create an Alfresco Dining Area

 Image credit: Pinterest - A retro dining area (without a freestanding umbrella)

Image credit: Pinterest - A retro dining area (without a freestanding umbrella)

Ideal Home recommends that you place your vintage dining set in a secluded corner. By doing this it will transform a corner of your garden into a serene alfresco dining area, which you can further enhance by surrounding it with shrubs, a trellised arbour, and climbers like clematis. In the summer months you can host parties, and needless to say, everyone will be impressed by your vintage chic.

Upcycle Old Gardening Tools

 Image credit: Pinterest - A wheelbarrow planter

Image credit: Pinterest - A wheelbarrow planter

Make good use of old gardening tools by reusing them in other ways. You can, for example, transform that old, beat up wheelbarrow into a 1930s-style plant pot. Other gardening tools like watering cans, galvanised planters, and troughs can also be used to make vintage-looking plant pots. Just be creative, ingenuous, and resourceful so you can upcycle things that you would otherwise throw away. And don’t forget to drill holes in the bottom of each one to allow for drainage. For that added vintage look and feel, repaint the upcycled planters in rustic colours like brown, grey, and green.

Vintage Decking

 Image credit: Pinterest - Vintage decking

Image credit: Pinterest - Vintage decking

Your aim is to create a vintage-looking garden, so it stands to reason that everything should fit in with that style. To pull off the complete look, everything from the sheds to the decking should complement your old-fashioned garden. For instance, rather than buying brand new planks, your wooden decking should look weathered to add to the aesthetic. Screwfix features an assortment of decking made from different materials including light green wood, which shows how popular the rustic worn design has become with gardeners in the UK. Make sure your metal lawn chairs and antique iron tables are in contrast with your decking and you will have created a wonderfully, quintessential British garden, perfect for relaxing in during the summer.

The above recommendations are 4 sure-fire ways that will give your outdoor living space that vintage look and vibe. Once you have created your vintage outdoor space, you can enhance it even further by adding your own personal touches. So, what are you waiting for? The time to go vintage in the garden is now!

Woo Gilchrist