Garden zoning is when you section up different parts of your garden to do different things. And it’s absolutely the right approach when you’re trying to create an outdoor version of your living room. By focusing on a small area, it naturally mirrors your interior – the whole of your downstairs isn’t one big sitting room, even if it’s open-plan, so neither should your garden be – and always adds to the feeling of comfort.
Starting with your garden’s landscaping, consider features such as a plant-draped pergola, low-level walls, raised beds or even a sunken garden (in which a section of terrace is lowered down a few steps and surrounded by planting at head height) to section off your living space and create that sense of cosiness.
Furniture, too, can help (and is useful if you can’t do any major building works). Try a corner sofa such as Tresco, or a high-backed design like Purbeck. You could even place a console table behind to place lamps and potted plants on, or use as a drinks table.