The term Secret Garden suggests a place that is hidden and so is both mysterious and perhaps even magical. But there are several other elements that contribute to the idea of a secret place. Apart from a hidden entrance it should contain an inviting destination with screening and hedges for privacy and an enclosed space. To discover the ten ways you can create your own secret garden read this article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website.
No matter where your plot of land is — in the heart of a bustling city or down a quiet lane — there’s an opportunity to make your garden feel like a secret, secluded space. The best secret gardens not only feel private, but they also have a certain magic about them, evoking the sense of being removed from the hustle of daily life and transported to somewhere else entirely. Let’s take a look at 10 ingredients that not only give secret gardens privacy, but a sense of magic as well.1. A hidden entrance. Gates and entryways are important features in any garden, but they are essential for secret gardens. They define a threshold — marking the passage from one garden area (perhaps a more public one) to a private space. Create a sense of mystery about what lies beyond with a garden entrance that blocks the inner garden from view. This magical garden door, for example, dwarfed by redwood trees on both sides, obscures the garden beyond, adding to its mystery.
This vine-draped wooden gate would work well to define the entrance of a secret garden and encourage visitors to leave daily stresses at the door. You may notice that the gate also fully conceals the garden behind it — piquing curiosity as to what lies beyond.2. An inviting destination. Inside the garden, provide a seating area as an alluring destination that draws in visitors. These destinations can be as simple as a pair of chairs pulled up to a cafe table or a bench drawn under a shade tree. If the seating area is partially obscured by foliage or fencing, it only adds to the feeling of discovery.