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Backyard Hygge Garden Ideas YOU’LL LOVE

Backyard Hygge Garden Ideas You’ll Love will help you create an oasis steps away from your door that you’ll never want to leave. Coziness is one of the most essential elements of garden design, and these simple ideas will help you plan your outdoor strategy.

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to create a cozy life, How to Hygge: 31 of the Best Cozy Ideas and How to Hygge Your Home will help you on your journey on the hygge lifestyle.

How to Make a Backyard Hygge Garden - Blue bench in front of a bed a flowers
Blue bench in front of a bed of flowers create a welcoming cozy garden

What is a Hygge Garden?

A hygge garden is a retreat that oozes coziness and simple beauty.  The design varies depending on the crucial elements you want to include. Imagine looking out every window of your home and taking in the natural beauty of a cozy space you created.

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.  Its translation loosely meant well-being.  The Danish adopted the word as their own, and embody the hygge lifestyle.  Danes are among the happiest people in the world, and attribute their happiness partly to hygge. 

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.

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

Bryan Procter

Creating a Cozy Life Group

Since you clicked on this post for hygge garden ideas, I’m guessing you like all things cozy living. I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 75,000 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:

1) Beautiful lighting 

How to Make a Backyard Hygge Garden - Lighting
How to Make a Backyard Hygge Garden – Lighting

The proper lighting in the garden can be a great way to add some ambiance to your outdoor space.

There are various lighting options available, and you can get creative on the placement throughout your hygge garden.

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

If you have a patio or deck, stringing fairy lights overhead can create a magical space. Vintage lanterns can also be hung above your porch, using fairy lights inside the globe as the light.

Your pool or pond will look beautiful when you place lights to illuminate the water.

Pathways always look better when outlined with lighting. You can also showcase sculptures, fountains, and plant containers with the correct lights.

Lighting is about setting the right mood and creating an atmosphere you and your family will enjoy. Experiment with different lighting options until you find the perfect combination for your garden.

2) Feathered friends 

Backyard Hygge Garden - Bird Feeder
Hygge Backyard Garden – Bird Feeder

Garden tours are one of my favorite ways to gain inspiration for ideas on what to do with my outdoor space.

The most beautiful garden I saw was on one of the garden tours. An artist was the homeowner, and she looked at her property as a work of art.

One thread that wove all the parts of the garden together was the owner’s love for birds.  They were the focus of both her artwork and the garden.

She created a place for birds where she could return the gift of all the joy they gave her.  Birdbaths were located throughout the outdoor space for both drinking and bathing.

The homeowner also planted berry bushes to fill their bellies and provide shelter from the elements. She kept her garden organic, forbidding the use of pesticides.

What stands out in my mind is the volume of birds that were enjoying their little slice of paradise.

Backyard Hygge Garden - Birdbath with bird
Backyard Hygge Garden – Birdbath

3) Favorite fruit  

Backyard Hygge Garden Strawberry Container
Backyard Hygge Garden Strawberry Container

Planting fruit in the garden can be a fun and rewarding experience. Not only will you get to preserve your fruit harvest, but you will attract birds and bees to your garden at the same time.

Fruit trees provide shade and beauty in addition to the ample harvest. Making jellies, jams, and preserves from your trees is a worthy goal when designing your garden space.

Berry bushes dotted throughout your outdoor space is also an easy way for homegrown fruit like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, and currents.

Don’t forget about grapes. Building a beautiful arbor for your grape vines to grown on is a great way to add structure and beauty to your garden.

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

How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden - Fresh Fruit
How to Create a Cozy Backyard – Fresh Fruit

4) Themed garden

Cozy Backyard Garden - Butterfly Garden
Cozy Backyard Garden – Butterfly 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, salsa garden, cut flower garden, scented garden, friendship garden, Shakespeare garden, or a tea garden.

I wrote a blog post on How to Create a Theme Garden you can find here.

5) Cozy fire area

Backyard Hygge Garden Ideas - Bonfire

Having a fire pit in your backyard is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the cooler months. Not only will it provide a source of heat, but it will also create a focal point for social gatherings.

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

Whether you’re roasting marshmallows with the kids, enjoying adult beverages with your significant other, or you can even make your evening meal over the flames.

Foil packet meals are both fun and delicious and easy to do. If you’re looking for more foil packet dinner ideas, you can find some here.

Hygge backyard Garden - S'more Banana
Hygge Backyard Garden – S’more Banana

6) Lounge chair

Backyard Hygge Garden Meteor Shower
Backyard Hygge Garden Meteor Shower

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 soak up the night sky.

Star gazing is one of the best ways to unwind. You can also gain a new perspective on your problems when you realize how large the universe is.

The best time to do stargazing is in August when the Perseid meteor shower takes place.  

7) Alfresco dining

Backyard Hygge Garden Idea - Dining Outdoors

There’s no need to stay indoors eating your meals on a warm summer day.  As the weather starts to heat up, move your dining experience to an outdoor table and chairs.

Place flowers from your garden in Mason jars on the table to make it an even better experience. Make sure your chairs have cushions so they are comfortable for both yourself, family, and friends.  

Part of the hygge lifestyle is to spend quality time with your loved ones. Eating your meals outside together is the perfect way to enjoy each other’s company.

YouTube video
Hygge Garden – How to do Mason jar flower arranging like a pro

8) Ornamental touches

Cozy Garden Iron Gate
Cozy Garden Iron Gate

Adding special touches to your gardens like cement statues, arbors, mirrors, and iron garden gates will make your outdoor space more cozy.  

You want to give your garden a “lived-in” look so you feel immediately comfortable when you step outside.

How about adding a touch of whimsy to make you smile? This gnome swinging from a tree branch might be the answer.

Cozy Garden Gnome on a Swing
Cozy Garden Gnome on a Swing

9) Herbal delight

Hygge Garden Herb Garden
Hygge Garden Herb Garden

Herbs are an excellent addition to your garden. Plant some herbs near your windows, so their fragrance makes its way into your home. There’s something about their scent that brings joy to our lives.

Most herbs don’t require much maintenance. You can also grow herbs in pots if you don’t have much space in your yard.

Not only do herbs smell great, but you can save money by not having to buy them in the grocery store for your cooking. You can also preserve herbs for winter, and enjoy them all year round.

10) Swing  

Backyard Hygge Garden Swing
Backyard Hygge Garden Swing

Something about having a swing in our garden brings us instantly back to our youth. It will remind you of a simpler time in your life and bring back a flood of memories with every glance.

11) Artistic side

Backyard Hygge Garden Mosaic
Backyard Hygge Garden Mosaic

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.

Use mosaics to accent walls, statues, or even stepping-stones. I have mosaic stepping stones in my garden made out of vintage plates.

Backyard Hygge Garden Art Statue
Backyard Hygge Garden Art Statue

12) Gazebo 

Backyard Hygge Garden Gazebo
Backyard Hygge Garden 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 offers is the perfect way to spend a day.

13) Magical Touches

Backyard Hygge Garden Whimsical Tree
Backyard Hygge Garden Whimsical Tree

You might not want to make an entire whimsical garden, but what about adding a touch of fantasy to your backyard?

A simple fairy garden, a tree with a fairy door attached to the trunk, or even a wooden toadstool or two might be the right amount of fun your garden needs.

Backyard Hygge Fairy Garden
Backyard Hygge Fairy Garden

14) Lawn games

Cozy Garden Ideas - Lawn Games
Cozy Garden Ideas – Lawn Games

Board games aren’t the only way to challenge your friends and family to a bit of competition.  

Make sure you have a variety of lawn games like croquet, yard bowling, a ring toss, cornhole toss, horseshoes, or badminton for some old-fashioned fun.

15) Stone path

Backyard Hygge Garden - Stone Path
Backyard Hygge Garden – Stone 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 and it looked better.

You can use flagstone, gravel, stones, or bricks to create a path through your garden.

We’ve reached the end of How to Make a Hygge Garden.   I hope you enjoyed it.

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

Thanks for stopping by! I’m so happy you found us!

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: 

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life

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Monday 24th of January 2022

This is an extraordinary rundown! I love joining the birds into the yard! It causes it to feel like there are more companions!

Jordan Donelly

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Thankyou Kelly for posting up such an amusing article , looking forward to get some important points from you in future. I'll be eagerly waiting for your new articles.

Jordan Donelly

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Thanks for posting this up , this is a very informative article surely.


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Hello Jordan! You're very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Kelly


Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Hi Kelly!! I absolutely love all of these ideas! I've been taking care of my Father for the last several years who recently passed from Alzheimer's. I have tried to figure out how to unwind my mind from the endless 24hr shifts that was a part of my life it seems like forever but have been unsuccessful. This seems like the perfect solution. He loved the outdoors & his garden & has a huge yard with beautiful trees so I have an enormous canvas to work with. I haven't much gardening experience but I'm ready to figure it out. This seems like the perfect solution to calm my soul & gives me endless possibilities of carrying on his love of the outdoors & making a peaceful tranquil place to spend time unraveling my tired mind & being with family. You have inspired me greatly & I hope to incorporate more of this Hygge lifestyle into my own cuz it sure needs an uplift. Altho money is always an issue there are so many ways to repurpose what is already right in front of me that I have endless possibilities. I just have to unbury that creative side of me that is lurking within. Altho winter is setting in that just gives me plenty of time to plan & find resources. I most definitely have to have a swing & lots of winding paths with ladybugs & butterflies & lots of birds ~ whose singing brings joy to the soul. Thank you for your inspiration!!


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Hello Honey! You are very welcome! Thank you for looking me know. I really appreciate it. Kelly

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

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