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15 things you (secretly) wish your garden had

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Green might be the colour of envy but it's also the colour of stunning gardens, so what better way to bring the two ideas together than with a look at all those things that you secretly covet in other people's outdoor spaces? 

It's not jealousy per se, it's more like identifying key features that you know would look great in your garden, so don't feel bad about admitting to these secret gardening lusts! You won't find a landscaper in the country who will claim these aren't worthy of a little admiration, so let's take a look and see what you might be able to justify for your space…

1. An all out, over the top, huge built-in barbecue. Just imagine firing this up on an evening!

Garden in West London:  Garden by Paul Newman Landscapes
Paul Newman Landscapes

Garden in West London

Paul Newman Landscapes

2. A large, beautiful covered terrace, all set up for al fresco dining, whatever the weather

Outdoor Cooler:  Garden  by Blastcool

Outdoor Cooler


3. A perfect lawn is a lot of people's dream, but without all the hard work and nurturing that it takes. Would you consider artificial grass?

Night time in the Garden:  Garden  by GK Architects Ltd
GK Architects Ltd

Night time in the Garden

GK Architects Ltd

4. A designer fire pit will not only look great, it'll keep guests warm if a party goes on into the night. We love the gloss finish of this one!

Madrid Gas Fire Table - Warrington:  Garden  by Rivelin

Madrid Gas Fire Table—Warrington


5. An unapologetic, fancy day bed is something many of us struggle to justify, but they do look amazing

Peach Day Bed:  Garden  by Garden Furniture Centre

6. Getting down to brass tacks, wouldn't many of us simply like more space? It might be time to call in the professionals to create you something bigger!

Laundry Cottage, Glen Dye, Banchory, Aberdeenshire:  Garden  by Roundhouse Architecture Ltd
Roundhouse Architecture Ltd

Laundry Cottage, Glen Dye, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Roundhouse Architecture Ltd

7. Our inner child is screaming with joy at the sight of this treehouse! Can we have one? Please?

8. Not a freestanding hammock in a frame, but a proper, strung up hammock is the stuff of relaxing garden dreams

Hammock, Natural L230xW85 cm, woodbars Ø4xL71 cm:  Garden  by Bloomingville

Hammock, Natural L230xW85 cm, woodbars Ø4xL71 cm


9. Giant garden games are things that we've only seen in films but we would really love some of our own! We might stick to giant Jenga though as we still haven't got to grips with chess

10. Just because you don't have the space for an enormous fountain, it doesn't mean that you don't want one. Perhaps you could scale it back and include a water feature of some sort?

Yorkshire Rose Water Feature:   by yorkshire water features
yorkshire water features

Yorkshire Rose Water Feature

yorkshire water features

11. Ah, the ultimate garden wishlist addition! Who wouldn't love to have a pool in the garden, ready for enjoying a few lengths before work?

A Luxury Villa in Repubblica Domenicana:  Pool by Lid&er  Ltd
Lid&er  Ltd

A Luxury Villa in Repubblica Domenicana

Lid&er Ltd

12. If you have dreams of growing your own food, perhaps a fully stocked, state of the art greenhouse is your biggest desire?

Halls Popular 6x10 Greenhouse:  Garden  by Greenhouse Stores
Greenhouse Stores

Halls Popular 6x10 Greenhouse

Greenhouse Stores

13. A little private retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of the main house is something that many parents can only dream of. However, if you can dream it, you can build it!

14. Picture perfect topiary are something that we've long dreamt of in our garden, but we have to confess that we might go for some more unusual shapes. Dinosaurs, anyone?

Topiary and Cloud Pruning in an English Country Garden:  Garden by Niwaki

Topiary and Cloud Pruning in an English Country Garden


15. We finish with the most desired garden addition… a team of professional gardeners! Admit it, you'd love to have people looking after your garden for you, right?


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Fore more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 16 Low-Cost Ideas To Improve Your Garden On The Cheap.

Wish of these will sneak onto your garden wishlist?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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