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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.

How to Create a Hygge Garden

How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden - Cozy Patio Area
How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden

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 hygge lifestyle journey.

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.

The world can be a messy place. You spend your days commuting, caring for 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?

How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden - Cozy Patio Area at Night
How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden – Cozy Patio Area

It’s time to make your home feel like cozy, 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 daily?

Creating a hygge life means taking the time to create an environment that induces you to unwind and enjoy life’s offerings.

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

Bryan Procter

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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 185,000 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 Create a Cozy Garden

1. Beautiful Lighting 

How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden - Lantern Lights
How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden – Lantern Lights

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

Various lighting options are available, and you can get creative on 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?

How to Create a Cozy Garden - Hanging Lights
How to Create a Cozy Garden – Garden Lights

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.

Hygge Garden Ideas - Photo of Outdoor Table with Romantic Lighting
Hygge Garden Ideas – Romantic Lighting

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 

How to Create a Hygge Garden - Wooden Birdhouse
How to Create a Hygge Garden – Wooden Birdhouse

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. The homeowner was an artist, and she considered 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.

Backyard Hygge Garden - Photo of a Birdbath
Backyard Hygge Garden – Birdbath

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

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

When I toured her garden, I was struck by the abundance of birds enjoying their little slice of paradise.

3. Favorite Fruit  

How to Create a Hygge Garden - Strawberries in a Terra Cotta Pot
How to Create a Hygge Garden – Strawberries in a Terra Cotta Pot

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

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 are also an easy way for homegrown fruit like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, and currents.

How to Create a Cozy Backyard - Photo of Tangerine Fruit Tree
How to Create a Cozy Backyard – Tangerine Fruit Tree

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

Plant your own bush, tree, or plants to ensure you have ample supply of your favorite fruit all summer.

4. Themed Garden

Backyard Hygge Fairy Garden
Backyard Hygge Fairy Garden

Creating a themed garden is like painting a canvas with nature’s vibrant palette, each plant and element contributing to a unique story.

Themed Garden Ideas

Through a thoughtful selection of plants, decorations, and design elements, a themed garden becomes a living expression of creativity and imagination.

5. Cozy Fire Pit

Cozy Garden Fire Pit Area in Backyard Landscape
Cozy Fire Pit Area

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.

6. Lounge Chair

Cozy Garden Ideas - Photo of Lounge Chair
Cozy Garden Ideas – 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 soak up the night sky.

The Best Hygge Garden Ideas - Photo of Outdoor Comfortable Chairs

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 occurs.  

7. Alfresco Dining

Hygge Garden Ideas - Dining Alfresco - Photo of Outdoor Dining Table with Food
Hygge Garden Ideas – Dining Alfresco

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 yourself, your family, and your friends.  

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

8. Ornamental Touches

How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden - Ornamental Touches
How to Create a Backyard Hygge Garden – Ornamental Touches

Adding special touches to your gardens, such as 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.

9. Herbal Delight

The Best Hygge Garden Ideas - Photo of Herb Garden Sign
The Best Hygge Garden Ideas – Herb Garden Sign

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 have little 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

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

11. Artistic Side

Backyard Hygge Garden Mosaic
Backyard Hygge Garden Mosaic

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

Backyard Hygge Garden Art - Photo of Mosaic Statue
Backyard Hygge Garden Art – Mosaic Statue

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

12. Gazebo 

Photo of Backyard Hygge Gazebo
Backyard Hygge 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

How to Create a Hygge Garden - Whimsical Details - Photo of a Face on a Tree
How to Create a Hygge Garden – Old Man Tree

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

Hygge Garden Ideas - Whimsy Ideas - Photo of Garden Gnome in a Swing
Hygge Garden Ideas – Garden Gnome in Swing

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.

14. Lawn Games

Backyard Hygge Garden Ideas - Lawn Games - Photo of Croquet Set
Backyard Hygge 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, ring toss, cornhole toss, horseshoes, or badminton for some old-fashioned fun.

15. Stone Path

Cozy Garden Ideas - Stone Pathway
Cozy Garden Ideas – Stone Pathway

A meandering path in a garden adds a special touch to your space.  

I changed the path to my front door to one that winds instead of going straight because it looked so much better, and it’s said to bring homeowners good luck as well!

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

16. Create Nooks

Cozy Garden Ideas - Create Nooks - Photo of a Wooden Outdoor Table and Umbrella in a Nook
Cozy Garden Ideas – Create a Nook

Creating cozy nooks in a garden to evoke the feeling of hygge involves a careful balance of elements that embrace comfort, warmth, and a sense of intimacy with nature. One way to achieve this is by incorporating comfortable seating arrangements nestled among lush greenery or fragrant flowers.

The Best Hygge Garden Ideas - Cozy Nook - Photo of Cozy Bench with Coffee Table

Place inviting benches, cushioned chairs, or bistro tables beneath the shade of a tree or next to a babbling fountain. It can provide the perfect spot for quiet reflection or leisurely conversations with loved ones.

Hygge Garden Ideas - Cozy Nook
Hygge Garden Ideas – Cozy Nook

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.

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

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Sunday 21st of April 2024

Me gustó este tema y me interesa saber más de higge

Kelly Morse

Monday 22nd of April 2024

I have 32 articles on hygge Rosa! Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the article. - Kelly

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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

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