We've had a look at what defines a Scandi garden but what about practical elements to introduce? Fret not, here's a handy list for you:
1. Low maintenance planting
Scandi gardens are miles away from the carefully tended British roses. Let nature have it’s way and stick to wildflowers, weeds and native species that grow naturally. Scandinavians see their gardens as a place to relax and connect with nature. Try to adapt to the same mindset and let your garden go with nature’s flow.
2. Minimal structures
Minimalism is key in Scandi designs and this rings true for gardens as well. And like always, they want things to stay functional. Keep hardscaping features such as artificial paths and fences to a minimum, opting for clean lines in muted colours to keep the natural look grounded, even in the off-season. Have a look around you and try to mimic the surrounding landscape to make sure that your garden blends into its natural habitat. Keep it light with clean lines, just as you do when you’re decorating.
3. A vegetable patch
Yes, really. Scandinavians are close to nature, and always opt for natural materials when it comes to both indoor and outdoor decorations. But it doesn’t stop there – it’s also common to keep your own compost and use the dirt to turn raised beds into your very own vegetable patch. To get the real Scandi vibe, turn your garden into an active part of the biogeochemical cycle.
4. Cosy areas for different times of day
Scandinavia is known for its changeable light – long sunsets and sunrises, plenty of light in the summer and almost none in winter. The gardens are therefore basically built around the light conditions to make them as natural and lush as possible. Take some time to observe how the light falls in your own garden – are there elements that block out the sun and create shady pockets? Does it hit your garden differently during the seasons? Use these observations to find the right places to create cosy corners in.
5. Textiles and furnishings
Gardens are also referred to as ’outside rooms’ in Scandinavia. During the summer months the garden is an extension of the house, and Scandis love to spend time in their favourite room. Treat your garden to a picnic table, a small corner with shelves, plates and utensils next to the grill and plenty of seating and textiles. Make your gardens as comfortable as your living room and bring all your indoor activities outside.