A veranda in a garden provides an open, roofed space in which to sit and contemplate the day. When placed jetting out over a pond or lake it can provide a tranquil place, and an area in which to sit quietly and watch the wildlife that visit the pond.

Verandas can also provide an area in which to entertain friends no matter the weather, and when lighting is introduced can become somewhere to eat al fresco well into the evening.