There are all kinds of ways to make your backyard or garden space enjoyable and beautiful, making it the perfect place to entertain or relax after a long day at work. But maybe you’re looking to go beyond just some landscaping updates and some new plantings - maybe you want to make the garden even more enjoyable and purposeful and create a place that becomes the ultimate hangout not just for you, but also for friends and family who come to visit.
Installing a hot tub can check off all those boxes, and then some, and unlike a pool, it can also be used year-round, giving you real value for the investment. But rather than just plonking it in the middle of the garden with no real thought to it, why not look for ways to seamlessly integrate into your garden landscaping design?
These tips will help you do just that so you can create a natural and beautiful looking garden.
Build Decking Around the Hot Tub
One of the most popular things for homeowners to do is build decking around the hot tub. This will give the illusion that the hot tub is almost sunken into the ground and built into the decking material. The deck can be somewhat elevated or remain at ground level. If you’re going to keep the decking at ground level, then you may want to use something like natural stone to create a really polished and elegant look.
As Oasis Leisure points out, you’ll want to keep in mind how you will get to the hot tub from the house during the winter months. You probably don’t want to be trekking far, and you need a walkway to the decking that is easy to keep free of any ice or snow that may build up.
Create a Sense of Privacy with Natural Greenery
You can also use your landscaping to provide privacy around the hot tub. You may not want the neighbours being able to peer in and see you and your friends hanging out in the hot tub. While you can certainly opt for a gazebo, using natural greenery will help the hot tub flow better with the landscaping design.
In terms of the best plants for privacy, you want fast-growing plants that are bushy, don’t shed and create a mess, require little maintenance or trimming, and offer year-round coverage. Something like evergreens and boxwoods tend to work well.
Design Steps Up to the Hot Tub
In order to get in and out of the hot tub, people will need to use steps. Here's another area where you could really turn it into a design element and make it a focal point of the whole garden. You can create beautiful steps out of wood, bricks, large slabs of stone, and more. Ideally, you want to use materials already found in the garden so that it works with the existing design.
A Hot Tub Could Make the Perfect Addition to Your Garden
So, if you’re looking to ramp up the appeal, design element, and usefulness of your garden, you may want to incorporate a hot tub into your design.