As summer draws to a close, now is the perfect time to start thinking about DIY and home improvement tasks for next year. With this year’s lockdown, we’ve spent more time than ever before in our gardens, so now is the perfect time to improve yours. Whether you’re looking to give your garden a major overhaul or you’re just thinking about sprucing it up a little, our home garden design tips can help you imagine your space in an entirely different way. Here are some of our favourite ideas.
If you only have a tiny garden or small patio, you may think that garden design ideas aren’t for you. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Much like giving your lounge a new coat of paint and adding some new decorations can make it feel like a different room, there are lots of things you can do to improve your garden.
For example, by adding outdoor furniture you can transform your outdoor area into a second living space. Thankfully, there are plenty of types of outdoor furniture available, so it’s easy to pick something that suits your space. You can add a lounger to help you get the best of the sun, or a pallet set so the whole family can sit out. If you’re looking for a luxurious and upmarket feel, add rattan or wicker furniture.
Plan planting and borders
If you just pop down to your local garden centre and buy the plants you like the look of, a lack of planning could hold you back. After all, beautifully designed gardens need to look good all year round, so you need to think about seasonality and structure.
At the end of each border, plant shrubs that will be in bloom throughout the year and then look to punctuate with pretty flowering plants. When choosing your flowering plants, try to create a planting theme and stick to a preferred colour, as this will make your garden appear more co-ordinated.
Trampled grass can ruin the look of any beautifully designed garden. Plus, if you’re regularly trampling the grass, you’re likely to be spreading mud and soil throughout the house. Thankfully, adding paving to your garden adds practicality and can create a great design feature.
If you’re looking to create a French country look, try laying grey stones in a random pattern. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more modern, then black paving in a regular design will create a contemporary look. If you’re really looking to bring the ‘wow factor’ to your garden, try paving in circles with a mixture of stones. This will not only create a stunning visual, but will also bring texture to your outdoor area.
Landscape to create levels
If your garden is on different levels, you should look to make this a distinct landscaping feature. If you’re looking to draw the eye, you can add stone steps to your space, or if you’re looking for something a little more modern, you can use grass treads to seamlessly elevate the area.
Alternatively, if you don’t have the money for these options, laying some decking is a good option. There are many decking ideas you can include, with options including split levels or steps. By adding decking, you can also create a beautiful garden dining area.
Add a water feature to create a zen-like feel
Love the sound of trickling water? Well, adding a water feature to your garden can help you create a relaxing Zen-like space. Again here, there are a number of water feature options available for your space. From large fountains that sit perfectly in the middle of a large lawn to a stone trough and water spout that look great in a corner, there are plenty of choices to suit your space and budget.
We hope these garden design ideas have fuelled your appetite for some garden DIY. Plan your renovation carefully and you’ll create a beautiful outdoor space that acts like a second living area.