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Scandi Inspired Plants for your Garden

June 20, 2023

Finding moments of tranquility and peace is becoming increasingly important in our busy lives where we often find ourselves spinning multiple plates. Previously, we’ve mentioned creating a spa-like environment in your bathroom. But another way to achieve this, is by creating a serene garden oasis right in the comfort of your own home. In this blog, we will explore the world of Scandinavian-inspired (a Design Vintage must) plants, specifically chosen for their ability to promote peace and serenity. These plants not only add natural beauty to your garden but are also easy to maintain and can thrive in British climate.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)Scandinavian garden Lavender

No serene garden is complete without the soothing smell of lavender. Known for its calming properties (yes please), this versatile plant thrives in the UK climate. With its stunning purple flowers and grey-green foliage, lavender creates a visually pleasing and aromatic atmosphere. It requires well-drained soil, plenty of sunlight, and minimal maintenance, making it an ideal choice for busy individuals seeking a peaceful retreat. This is also great for those who don’t necessarily want a lot of colour in their garden, but a little hint won’t hurt.

Olive Trees (Olea Europaea)

Olive trees can bring a touch of Mediterranean charm to Scandinavian-inspired gardens. Despite being native to warmer regions, olive trees have shown remarkable adaptability and resilience. They can thrive in well-drained soil and are relatively drought-tolerant, making them well-suited to the unpredictable British weather. Whether they’re potted or planted, their presence in a Scandinavian-inspired garden can evoke a sense of tranquility and introduce an exotic element that creates a unique focal point. The colour of the leaves (silvery grey green) also add to the peaceful tones of a neutral palette. Perfection.


This image is from Gardenista

Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora)

Feather Reed Grass is a popular choice for adding texture and movement to a Scandinavian-inspired garden. It has an upright growth habit and feathery plumes, it creates a calming, graceful effect. This grass is adaptable to various soil types and can withstand the UK climate. It requires minimal maintenance, making it an excellent choice for low-maintenance gardeners.


Blue Fescue (Festuca Glauca)

Blue Fescue is a beautiful compact grass that adds a touch of cool to any garden. It is a stunning blue-gray colour and creates a soothing, almost ethereal ambiance. This grass is drought-tolerant and thrives in well-drained soil and full sun. Its compact size and low maintenance requirements make it an ideal choice for small gardens or container planting. It also looks beautiful next to lavender!



Image from Carbeth Plants

Coastal Astelia (Astelia Banksii)

Coastal Astelia is an ideal addition to a Scandi-inspired garden. With its silver-gray foliage and architectural form, it adds elegance and serenity. Thriving in the British climate and requiring minimal maintenance, Astelia brings structure and texture to your garden year round. Whether planted in groups, used as a border plant or in a pot, it creates a peaceful atmosphere and enhances the overall tranquility of your garden oasis. We love this one!



The Final Touches to your Scandi Garden

Creating a serene garden with Scandinavian-inspired plants is an excellent way to promote peace and tranquility in your outdoor space. By choosing easy-to-maintain plants that can thrive in the UK’s climate, you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful outdoor space without the stress of excessive maintenance. Lavender, Olive Trees, Feather Reed, Blue Fescue and Coastal Astelia are just a few examples of plants that can transform your garden into a sanctuary. So, go ahead and embrace nature’s beauty, and let your garden be a reflection of inner peace and tranquility.

To complete the look, why not add some Scandinavian design outdoor furniture. Beautifully simplistic and handmade to the highest quality, these bamboo sofas would look great in any outdoor space.


Scandi Garden Bamboo Lounge Couch

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