Pink garden gate
Thomas J. Story

A Sensory Experience

This tiny garden provides a big feast for the senses: A fountain trickles softly in one corner, the fragrance of flowers floats in the air, dappled shade plays across richly textured patio floors. Plus, a peekaboo gate offers a glimpse inside the high walls that separate it from the street.

It all combines to make a garden that’s undeniably sexy.


Yellow metal chairs in a garden
Thomas J. Story

Elements of Romance

Nancy Goslee Power, a landscape designer, describes her garden as one "you can imagine having romance in." It invites têtes-á-tetes by the fire, or curling up with coffee in a warm patch of sunlight.

The most essential element for a romantic garden is privacy. "To me, a garden is a walled space. People want to feel protected," Power says. Dividing the garden into even smaller rooms does just that.


Purple cushion on outdoor bench
Steven A. Gunther

Personal Space

"Arrange people so they can’t help but touch, and the evening gets more intimate immediately," says Power, a former interior designer. Add soft light, colors that flatter skin tones, and candles after dark.


Peach-colored stucco wall in garden
Steven A. Gunther

Consider the Senses

Load up the garden with sensory elements: fire, water, and plants that delight with color, scent, sound, or movement. Include objects with history and meaning to give your visitors a glimpse into your private life.


Rectangular garden water feature
Steven A. Gunther

Intimate Scale

Since Power’s backyard is quite small (45 feet by 45 feet), adding a long water feature dead center, where it divides the space in half, might seem counterintuitive.

But people prefer more confined spaces. "When I design, I think about circles some 9 feet in diameter. People like to be close, within 5 feet of one another," she says. "Further apart," she adds, "doesn’t feel friendly."


Green vase and orchid in a garden
Thomas J. Story

Garden Still Life

Rich walls and floors of Utah flagstone create a luxurious backdrop for simple, inexpensive furnishings. A romantic garden isn’t just for lovers, Powers believes.

Friends, family and casual guests all have more fun in a highly personal space. And if the object of your affection happens to encounter this all-out seduction? Let’s just say resistance is futile.

7 Elements of a Sexy Garden
1. A fountain
2. Fragrant flowers
3. Dappled shade
4. Cushions
5. Privacy
6. Small spaces (that force people to touch)
7. Fire


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http://www.myhomeideas.com/outdoor-living/gardening/create-sexy-garden