Who doesn't love a bit of romance in their lives? Nothing is more romantic than the image of a traditional English cottage garden. Think soft planting, an abundance of colour and sweet fragrances drifting across from herbaceous borders and elegant planters. Butterflies and bees drift delicately on the breeze, whilst wispy ornamental grasses and delicate blooms adorn meandering paths, creating the perfect chocolate box atmosphere.
With the right accessories and plants, gardens can transform into a bucolic area for you to spend time with your loved ones. Here we show you how to make a space instantly more romantic.
When romance comes to mind, think of flowers with luxurious petals, delicate textures and a pastel colour scheme for your garden. You will need to select plants that tolerate the garden’s light conditions, soil type and moisture levels.
For flower beds with mystique, choose tall perennials such as foxgloves with their bell-shaped pink flowers, spires of lupins, statuesque delphiniums with their white flowers and scented sweet peas for the back line. Peonies, tulips,lavender, cosmos and grasses will provide colour and movement at the front. Line your garden path with enchanting plants such as dianthus and calendula for the ultimate cottage garden design.
Plant some gorgeous climbing roses, clambering over our Decorative Song Bird Metal Garden Arch or trained against a stone wall to create fairy tale vibes and a beautiful English country garden.
Container gardens can also play their plant in romanticising your patio, pathway or steps. The Ellham Collection has been inspired by vintage style and has been skilfully designed to take you back in time and look at home romantic garden settings. The designs reflect traditional charm to take your English flower garden back to its roots.
Our Terracotta Collection features traditional shapes and styles to suit any plant in a country garden. Pair with topiary plants like classic perennials such as box, ivy, bay, cypress, yew and cloud trees for a rustic feel.
Create a secret garden for your loved one with our Decorative Metal Scroll Arch, which will provide an entrance to a new zone in your garden and will give off a romantic perfume planted with popular climbers such as honeysuckle, sweet peas, clematis and roses.
Our arch collection provides a stunning focal point for gardens, borders and driveways, while also privacy shielding for that intimate moment. They are perfect to compartmentalise different areas of the garden into rooms and adding the wow factor to borders or paths.
You can create your very own secret garden with cosy hideaways, hidden areas, and meandering paths. Use gravel, various natural stone paving slabs or wooden decking to separate cosy nooks and give you the garden you have always dreamed of.
A garden mirror is a foolproof way of making a small garden look much bigger than it is and also adds alluring character to a blank wall or fence. We particularly love the Large Arch Garden Mirror which is a romantic rustic garden statement, designed to enhance your outside space.
Create a soothing ambience with an idyllic water feature in your garden, perfect for sharing a tender minute with friends and family. The Couple Fibreglass Water Feature With Pump & LED Lights is perfect for a secluded sanctuary and will add to romance and relaxation.
Or why not try romantic lanterns like our Edison Copper Cage LED Solar Lantern and festoons of our White Solar Bulb String Lights? Also try candles our Tall Stainless Steel Hurricane Lanterns to create a sense of warmth in us and help your partner unwind after a long day.
Creating small and intimate spots where couples can sit or eat together can help to give your garden a romantic vibe. Why not invest in our Repton Love Seat, perfect for two when placed under shady trees so you can admire the beauty of flowers and plants, enjoy the fresh air and relax?
Or why not try the amazing Richmond Day Bed which will not only add romance to your day but help you get connected with nature? A timeless, romantic piece of garden furniture is our Lyndhurst Double Cocoon Chair which is designed with couples in mind. The luxurious cushions will be ideal for a special evening with your lover or delight in your family and friends’ company.
Romantic table settings
Designing a tablescape with a set colour scheme such as a floral affair will set the amorous tone. Matching crockery is a great way to add some colour and charm to your table settings, imagine pastel hues with some freshly cut flowers to entice your partner.
We like warm whites and creams, delicate lace and embroidery, dainty glassware and decorative china for a truly romantic feel. Why not take a trip down memory lane by re-creating your favourite date and having an alfresco meal outside?
Or surprise your loved one with a gift like a heart made from cut branches or twigs you have gathered. Romance is a homegrown bouquet such as dahlias, lavender, alstroemeria, lush green foliage and roses.
Whatever you decide, your garden is an ideal secluded place perfect for spending a private moment.