The 20 best garden decoration ideas for 2022

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Welcome to At Home with T&C, a monthly summary of the new design and home decor items that our style and interiors writer is now happy to share (and buy!) with you.

While my focus is usually on staying indoors, this month is all about getting outside — at least into your backyard. A benefit of the past few years is that I appreciate our outdoor spaces more than ever, be it a lawn, patio, deck, porch, or even a city balcony. And now that the sun is out a little longer and the evenings are a little warmer, it’s time to invest in some decor to turn your backyard into an outdoor space for al fresco happy hour cocktails and fresh yoga and early morning coffee close. The rules really aren’t that different from indoor decorating: invest in some plants, don’t forget mood lighting (a big candle never hurts), and have plenty of comfortable seating to encourage socializing. Now you have no excuse not to invite people to garden parties, impromptu BBQs, or even splashing about in an inflatable pool. Below I’ve curated 20 backyard decor options for large and small outdoor spaces.

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Bolleke hanging outdoor lamp

These portable, cordless, rechargeable lights are glowing orbs of happiness. Throw them over a branch, trellis or railing to create an instant atmosphere.


Martha Stewart Shell Planter

Ugly plastic planters can be a real buzz kill. Leave it to Martha Stewart to offer these seashell planters perfect for succulents and small plants. For those who don’t have a green thumb, they can also be used as a centerpiece filled with cut flowers or ice to chill a bottle of rose.


Wooden outdoor drum sticks

A giant Jenga set is a hit with any age group.


Foldable outdoor bistro table in white

A simple folding table can transform even the smallest balcony or outdoor space into a Parisian-style retreat.


Folding outdoor sling chair in mint

These cheap and cheerful chairs are great to grab before a big party or when you need something that folds flat when you’re not on the balcony.


FLÎKR Fire Personal concrete fireplace

Ideal for any outdoor space where you don’t want to mess with a fire pit but still love the effect gathering around one can create. This one is well designed and easy to use.


Vintage Bonacina Willow

Bonacina is that OG rattan furniture brand and there’s nothing quite like scrolling through resale sites to snag vintage Bonacina 1889 or treat yourself to the handcrafted Italian pieces and get brand new. The investment is worth it, trust.

Is this the fanciest citronella candle out there? We won’t find out because we’re too obsessed with trying anything else. Diptyque’s freshly scented citronella repels mosquitoes and adds the most delightful scent.

Sitting outside with an iced glass is a summer treat – and that goes double for these pretty floral Murano glasses.

Yes, watering plants can be a hassle, but less so when you have a sleek watering can that doesn’t need to be stored away.


Outdoor rug Marina Stripe Yellow

An outdoor rug goes a long way in making your outdoor space feel like an inviting space. Not only is this water and mildew resistant, but it can be thrown in the washing machine for easy care.


The inflatable pool VENEZIA Luxe

This is no ordinary inflatable pool: the design was inspired by Venetian palaces. It’s the perfect way to add some summer fun to your garden without sacrificing style.

These raw terracotta pots evoke a Mediterranean idyll, especially when arranged in groups around your garden or patio.


Outdoor Gingham Plaid Red & White Carpet

A cheery red gingham rug is like a permanent outdoor picnic—an instant mood booster.

If you’re short on floor space, opt for a few hanging plants indoors and outdoors to feel surrounded by greenery.

It’s not a bad idea to collect outdoor tableware. It will enhance your next garden party and look just as fun indoors.


West Beach Pillowcase

Don’t forget to cushion your patio or deck with lots of outdoor cushions. They provide more comfort for your guests and invite you to linger at night under the stars. Serena & Lily’s selection comes in the most beautiful shades of blue, green and cream.


Aquila standard hammock stand

A hammock is the most inviting garden accessory to tuck away in a free corner or alcove. If your trees aren’t perfectly spaced for lounging, a simple hammock stand will do the job just as well.

The best garden decoration of all? As many plants as possible. Try a flowering Mandevilla to cover an unsightly fence or lackluster trellis.

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