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5 Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Your Garden

Lucy Mercer
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Gardens and patios are not just about chores and lists and planting and picking. They’re outdoor spaces meant to be enjoyed.

This year, build the relaxation component into your outdoor space, beginning with a hammock, the very picture of ease in the garden. Swinging from a frame, or attached to posts or between two trees, a hammock is perfect for an afternoon nap in the garden.

Consider these other options for downtime in the garden.



The glider from grandma’s screened-in porch is more refined these days, but just as much fun. Sneak outside for a little sunshine during the week and rock the afternoon away.


Gathering around a fire pit adds more than warmth to your patio. Unwind while staring into the fire and listening to the outdoor sounds. Plus, s’mores!



Find a peaceful moment as you listen to the soothing sound of a fountain or water feature — tabletop versions count, too. Consider our 5 Tips for Choosing an Outdoor Fountain as you plan your waterscape. 



If relaxing in the garden means entertaining with your friends, then a gazebo is in order. These stylish canopies shield you from sun and the occasional shower and allow you to dine in the shade.


Get more out of your garden with these lists:

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