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14 smart ideas for the bottom of your garden

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We've talked a lot about gardens and gardening this year because what's nicer in summer than spending a little time outdoors? However, we never stopped to think about what potential the bottom of your garden has! 

For many people this will be where the compost heap goes, or perhaps a tatty old shed, but we think you should give that space a little more love and turn it into something a whole lot more amazing.

Come take a look at our suggestions for boosting the beauty at the bottom of your garden and see what you and your landscapers might like to put into practice…

1. A fully self-contained party annex

This sure gets our vote! It's great for storage too.

2. A greenhouse

8x10 Cedar Growhouse Greenhouse:  Garden  by Greenhouse Stores
Greenhouse Stores

8x10 Cedar Growhouse Greenhouse

Greenhouse Stores

Your greenhouse and plants would definitely flourish away from all the noise of a family home.

3. Who doesn't love a secret retreat?

The bottom of your garden could be perfect as a reading nook.

4. Cabana

 Garden  by Conely

Pérgola Chill Out


We don't all have swimming pools but a cabana would be fun.

5. A granny annex

 Garden  by GartenXXL

Wolff Finnhaus Gartenhaus Flachdach Varianta 28 mit Terrasse


How about building a granny annex at the bottom of your garden? No more early morning disturbances when guests visit!

6. A warm social area

Bahama Gas Fire Table - Doncaster:  Garden  by Rivelin

Bahama Gas Fire Table—Doncaster


Would be a super addition to the bottom of a garden. This fire pit would make it so cosy!

7. Outdoor cooking area

Pizza on the Braai:  Garden  by The Braai Man
The Braai Man

Pizza on the Braai

The Braai Man

You don't want food smells wafting into the house, so how about building an outdoor cooking area at the bottom of the garden?

8. Teen retreat

The Tentsile Stingray:  Garden  by Tentsile

The Tentsile Stingray


As kids get older they need a place to get away from it all, so a teen retreat, complete with tree tents, would be great at the bottom of the garden. 

They'll feel grown up but you can still keep an eye on them!

9. A custom bar

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler:  Garden  by Garden Trading
Garden Trading

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler

Garden Trading

Need we say anything more?

10. Fresh new storage

Demolish any old sheds and replace them with a sturdy, new version to keep all your gardening tools and equipment in.

11. Keep everyone happy

Belton Climbing Frame:  Garden  by Climbing Frames UK
Climbing Frames UK

Belton Climbing Frame

Climbing Frames UK

The kids want a swing set but you want a beautiful garden. You know what to do, pop it at the bottom of the lawn!

12. A cohesive theme

 Garden  by homify

Garden Etagere


To include the bottom of your garden in with your garden's wider theme, make sure to carry through consistent ideas, such as potted plant displays. 

We'd light this one to make it a real focal point.

13. Hide things away

Stainless Steel Garden Tap Station with Hose Reel, Tap and Platform:  Garden  by Ingarden Limited
Ingarden Limited

Stainless Steel Garden Tap Station with Hose Reel, Tap and Platform

Ingarden Limited

Practical elements, like hoses, which don't really add anything aesthetic-wise to your garden, can go at the bottom.

14. Let it run wild!

Leaving the bottom of your garden to grow out a little wildly will encourage a variety of natural visitors, look gorgeous and need minimal tending. Consider us convinced!

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 15 things you (secretly) wish your garden had.

Will you give the bottom of your garden more thought?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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