Reflected Glory - Holland Park Renovation:  Garden by Tyler Mandic Ltd

14 gardens that don't suffer from lacking a lawn

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Wave a sad goodbye to summer and say hello to autumn. You can, however, still enjoy your outdoor space as the weather changes, especially if you don't have a lawn and lots of gardening upkeep to contend with.

Autumn gardens are all about easy to maintain spaces and any professional gardener will tell you that you can still do wonderful things with a seasonal spot. We've found some great ideas for making the most of your garden in the cooler months, so take a look and see which might work wonders for your space!

1. Focus your attention on adding some comfortable patio furniture

2. A stunning pond will be a gorgeous feature, whatever the weather

BIOTOP - The Garden of Eden, Ellicar Gardens:  Garden  by BIOTOP Landschaftsgestaltung GmbH
BIOTOP Landschaftsgestaltung GmbH

BIOTOP—The Garden of Eden, Ellicar Gardens

BIOTOP Landschaftsgestaltung GmbH

3. Traditional gardens without a lawn will really benefit from an opulent water fountain!

 Garden  by Stam Hoveniers
Stam Hoveniers

Landschappelijke tuin met fontein van IJsselsteentjes

Stam Hoveniers

4. Gravel walkways make a neat and beautiful statement

5. Why not take inspiration from contained Japanese Zen gardens?

6. To make sure you can still get outside, weatherproofing with an awning is a foolproof plan

 Terrace by homify

Patio Awning Installation in London.


7. Raised beds are easy to maintain and change out for seasonal plants

8. Feature fencing with pretty climbers will add year-round appeal

Reflected Glory - Holland Park Renovation:  Garden by Tyler Mandic Ltd
Tyler Mandic Ltd

Reflected Glory—Holland Park Renovation

Tyler Mandic Ltd

9. Make your garden a social hot spot with a dedicated relaxation area

10. Potted blooms ensure a green touch, even in cooler months, when a lawn can't do it for you

​Back garden at Bedford Gardens House. :  Garden by Nash Baker Architects Ltd
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

​Back garden at Bedford Gardens House.

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

11. No lawn? Why not create an allotment instead? All those root veggies will be a godsend in autumn

Featherbrook House:  Garden by PKA Architects Ltd
PKA Architects Ltd

Featherbrook House

PKA Architects Ltd

12. When the sun hides away, create your own heat with a wonderfully warm fire pit

Ayrshire outdoor living:  Garden by Lithic Fire
Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

13. A courtyard can be a fabulous outdoor dining area

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London :  Garden by Cue & Co of London
Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

14. Don't get bogged down trying to manicure a lawn when you could be cooking in the great outdoors and having a great time!

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 15 Uniquely Creative Ways To Use Wood In Your Garden.

Are you now less sad about your garden's lack of lawn?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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