Ever wondered where you cat goes on a hot day? Well you will usually find them curled up in the coolest spot in the garden, under a hedge and we could all take a leaf out of their book! When we set up and design our gardens, too often we get trapped into creating one usable outdoor space, usually off the kitchen, living or dining area. Our BBQ, outdoor table, lounge chairs or hammock are all centred around this space forcing us into utilising it whenever we want some green time. These spaces are often designed around the sole function of eating and usually in the evenings when the sun and temperature drops.
Look around your property, determine the orientation and look for where shade falls throughout the day. Remember, in the winter the low sweeping sun in the northern sky brings warmth to a north-west facing deck, but come summer, the afternoon sun in the western sky will be blazing in making the space hot and uncomfortable. In this case, a little seating area on the front lawn is the perfect spot to cool off in the afternoon and evenings when the sun dips behind the house.
A cool corner behind the house, next to the hedge or down behind the shed could be the perfect place to set up a secluded spot to relax in a garden setting with an afternoon drink or two whilst enjoying the sounds of nature!