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How to Make a Backyard Hygge Garden

How to Make a Backyard Hygge Garden will help you create an oasis just steps away from your door that you’ll never want to leave.

What is a Hygge Garden?

A hygge garden is a retreat that oozes coziness and simple beauty.  The design varies depending on what are the important elements you want to include.

“Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.” – Bryan Procter

How do you pronounce Hygge?

Hygge is not pronounced the way you think it is. “Hoo-gah” is the correct way to say it. If you want even more clarification there are Youtube videos that will help you out. Here’s one that nails it!

Where did Hygge originate?

The word hygge originally came from Norway.  It’s translation loosely meant well-being.  The Danish adopted the word as their own and they embody the hygge lifestyle.  Danes are among the happiest people in the world and they attribute their happiness in part to hygge. 

What is Hygge?

Hygge cannot be summarized in just a word or even a sentence.  The best way I can describe it is an outlook on life that focuses on simple pleasures and taking the time to cultivate more of them in your life. 

It’s when you give your body, mind and spirit a rest and enjoy the good things in life, like a sunrise or sunset, reading a book in front of crackling fire, taking the time to savor a delicious mug of gourmet tea, and spending time with friends and family in a comfortable setting. 

What is a Hygge Lifestyle? 

Instead of living your life on autopilot, hygge is a way of life that makes sure you live your life in a way that brings deep contentment to your soul. 

Sometimes the outer things in life (money, power, achievements) aren’t the things that will make us happy.  A hygge life encourages us to look at what truly brings us joy and it to make sure we include those things in our days. 

Resources on Hygge Living: 

The Hygge House is a famous blog that focuses on all thing hygge.  She covers hygge décor and lifestyle ideas. 

I love a YouTube channel with a host that actually lives in Denmark.  You can find it here.

The world can be a messy place. You spend your days commuting, taking care of your children, dealing with bosses and coworkers, and trying to get more done in your day. Who takes care of you after accomplishing so much?

It’s time to make your home feel like a cozy place to be, even in the summer! Transforming your backyard into a magical place where you can recharge is the perfect way to give yourself a present that keeps on giving. Why buy things that won’t bring you joy on a daily basis?

Creating a hygge life means taking the time to create an environment that induces you to unwind and enjoy what life has to offer.

Creating a Cozy Life Group: 

Since you clicked on this post for hygge gardens, I’m guessing you like all things cozy living. I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 40,000 like-minded souls.

It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug.  Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.

Here’s How to Make a Backyard Hygge Garden:

Hygge Garden Idea #1 – Beautiful lighting.  

You know stringing fairy lights in your home transform it into a cozy nook, so why not beautify your backyard with some romantic lighting that will instantly calm your spirit?

Look how gorgeous these lanterns are strung together.  I can feel the stress leave your shoulders just looking at them.

Hygge Garden Idea #2 – Feathered friends.  

I love going on garden tours.  Seeing how others transform their spaces into something that makes everyone want to gather together at their home makes me smile.

The garden that stands out in my mind was thought out so every part of it had a stamp of personality. The one thread that wove all the parts together was the owner’s love for birds.  They made her happy.

Her garden was a place where she could return the gift of all the happiness they gave her and make them happy.  Happy they were, let me tell you.  The reason this garden stands out so much in my mind was not only for its beauty, but because of how many birds there were enjoying their little paradise.

Her birdbaths provided flowing fresh water and safety from predators, she had varies bird feeders around the property to attract a wide range of different types of birds, no pesticides were used in the garden and there was very little lawn in the backyard – mostly winding pathways with garden beds everywhere.

Hygge Garden Idea #3 – Favorite fruit.  

What’s your favorite fruit?  Is it lemons?  How about some berries like raspberries, blueberries, tayberries, strawberries or cranberries?  Do grapes make you salivate just thinking about them?

Plant your own bush, tree or plants to make sure you have an ample supply of your favorite fruit all summer long.

Hygge Garden Idea #4 – Themed garden.  

Why have an ordinary garden, when you can create a themed one that will bring a smile to your face every time you see it?

Some of the ideas you might want to consider are:  a fairy garden, butterfly garden, moonlight garden, rose garden, pizza garden, cut flower garden, scented garden, friendship garden, Shakespeare garden, or a tea garden are just some of the possibilities.

I wrote a blog post on How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden that can be found here.  

Hygge Garden Idea #5 – Cozy fire.

Sectioning off a part of your yard for a fire pit is the perfect way to relax in the evening and spending time with your friends and family.

You can even make your evening meal in it and not heat up the house with the oven.  Foil packet meals are both fun and delicious and easy to do.

Hygge Garden Idea #6 – Lounge chair.  

Get yourself a comfy lounge chair for evening star-gazing.  There’s no need to strain your neck from a chair when you can lay back and take in the gorgeous night sky.

The best time to do stargazing is in August when the Perseids meteor shower takes place.  In 2018 the best dates to watch are August 11-13th.

Hygge Garden Idea #7 – Alfresco dining.  

There’s no need to stay indoors eating your meals on a summer day.  As soon as the weather starts to heat up, plan to serve all your food on an outdoor table and chairs.

Place flowers in your garden in mason jars on the table to perk things up and make sure your chairs have cushion, so they are comfortable for both yourself and family and friends.  Part of the hygge lifestyle is to spend quality time with your loved ones and eating a meal outside together is the perfect way to do so.

Hygge Garden Idea #8 – Ornamental touches.  

Adding special touches to your garden like cement statues, arbors, mirrors, and iron garden gates will give your outdoor space a more cozy environment.  You want to give your garden a “lived-in” look, so you feel immediately comfortable the moment you step outside.

How about adding a touch of whimsy to make you smile?

Hygge Garden Idea #9 – Herbal delight.  

There’s something about the scent of herbs that enliven our well-being. The great thing about having pots of herbs in your backyard, is that they don’t take up much space.  Not only do they smell great, but you can save some money by not having to buy them in the grocery store for your cooking.

You can also preserve them for winter so you can enjoy them all year round.

Hygge Garden Idea #10 – Swing.  

Isn’t seeing a single swing in a garden magical?  Think about how easy it is to add one to your paradise, and ask yourself why you haven’t done it up until now?

It’s a simple step in adding that special nod to yesteryear back into your life.

Hygge Garden Idea #11 – Artistic side. 

How about making something special for your backyard using your artistic abilities?  Mosaics are the perfect way to add elegance and beauty to any garden.

Mosaics can be used to add accents to walls, statues, or even stepping-stones.

Hygge Garden Idea #12 – Gazebo.  

A gazebo adds charm that is unrivaled in my eyes.  Strategically placing your gazebo in the right spot to enjoy all the bounty your backyard has to offer is the perfect way to spend a day enjoying your life.

Hygge Garden Idea #13 – Magical touches. 

You might not want to make an entire fairy garden of your backyard, but what about adding just a touch of fantasy with either a fairy pot, a tree that has a fairy door attached to the trunk or even a wooden toadstool or two?  How about growing a few pots of four-leaf clovers to add to your luck?

Hygge Garden Ideas #14 – Lawn games.

Board games aren’t the only way you can challenge your friends and family to a little competition.  Make sure you have a variety of lawn games like: croquet, yard bowling, a ring toss, horseshoes, or badminton for some old-fashioned fun.

Hygge Garden Ideas #15 – Winding path.

There’s something about a meandering path in a garden that’s so special.  I change the path to my front door to one that winds instead of going straight because its supposed to bring good luck.

How to Make a Backyard Hygge Summer Haven

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Let me know in the comments below how you sprinkle your backyard with hygge elements.

Thanks for stopping by!

For more information regarding adding more hygge into your life, check out the books below by clicking on the title – it will take you straight to Amazon where you can take a peek inside the books: 

1) The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

2) How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life

3) Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months










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Valarie M Gaylord

Thursday 19th of August 2021

Inspired now to do some of these. I made 3 mason jars into solar lighting for our campground spot. We had to sell our camper and so I brought the lights home and they now adorn my driveway. Hygge beginnings. <3


Thursday 19th of August 2021

That sounds wonderful Valarie! Small steps are perfect. I work on a tiny section of my home until I love it and then move on. It doesn't all need to be done overnight. Kelly


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Thanks for sharing! Lawn games are such a great way to get people of all ages and abilities to have fun!


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

This is a great list! I love incorporating the birds into the yard! It makes it feel like there are more friends!

Mary Wiking

Friday 2nd of April 2021

Hi there I live in Melbourne, Australia and am married to a Swede. We run a holiday accommodation. I am obsessed with making our home and garden cozy and welcoming. I think I would really enjoy being part of your group. Thank you. Mary Wiking


Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Thank you Mary for letting me know! I'm so glad you found the group. Kelly


Saturday 1st of September 2018

Jerry and I had always wanted to build our own shed, even though we had never done anything like it before. We actually got around to doing it after we moved into our new house. Our friends couldn’t believe we’d actually done it all ourselves, and I must say, I’m really proud of it


Saturday 1st of September 2018

Hello Janine! Congratulations on building your own shed. Having a little retreat to escape to is a perfect way to add Hygge to your backyard. Kelly

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