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16 simple ways wood can make your garden better

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Using wood in your garden is a natural choice, but do you know how you can do so without it looking too trite or pointless? 

You don't want to simply fill your space with unnecessary additions, so we looked at how landscape architects use wood to great effect, in order to give you the inside scoop.

If you've been wanting to revamp your garden, take a look at these amazing ideas and see if any take your fancy!

1. Instead of concrete steps, add wooden ones to your garden for better underfoot grip and a softer aesthetic

modern Garden by homify
homify

Small garden extension

homify

2. If you have an outdoor cooking area, don't forget to stack up a decent amount of fuel! It doesn't hurt that it looks great

3. Wooden fencing offers all the privacy you need but keeps the look and vibe of your garden nice and organic

modern Garden by SIWA AG
SIWA AG

Aluminium mit Holz-Optik

SIWA AG

4. Being so adaptable, wood can be used to make amazing and unique displays

modern Garden by rote_libelle
rote_libelle

Möbel & Accessoires

rote_libelle

5. No longer unimaginative or unattractive, sheds can be a super cute way to add some wood to your space. Not to mention much needed extra storage!

6. Perfect for climbers or just some extra glamour, a wooden pergola is easy to install and really styles up a garden

Modern Garden with a rustic twist: modern Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Modern Garden with a rustic twist

Yorkshire Gardens

7. Have a beautiful pond? Then we know you'll love the idea of a wooden bridge that goes over it

8. If you have a terrace that you love to make the most of, a wooden rain cover is a fantastic idea

mediterranean Garden by A3PAESAGGIO

9. Railway sleepers make gorgeous border edges in a well-tended garden and can be picked up cheaply

10. When plants aren't necessarily your thing, a wooden feature wall can be a fantastic addition to an outdoor space

11. We love the idea of pond gazing, so a small but sturdy wooden viewing platform looks ideal

12. Raised beds can be made quickly and cheaply from timber or even decking off cuts!

raised timber planters:  Garden  by SD GARDEN DESIGNS
SD GARDEN DESIGNS

raised timber planters

SD GARDEN DESIGNS

13. If you like wood in its more natural form, how about a bit of driftwood seating?

Driftwood Garden Bench:  Garden  by Julia's Driftwood
Julia's Driftwood

Driftwood Garden Bench

Julia's Driftwood

14. Wood is the perfect material for breaking up huge expanses of green and adds contemporary chic to a modern courtyard

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall:  Garden  by Biotecture
Biotecture

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall

Biotecture

15. Adorable little summerhouses are a wonderful way to get the most from your garden, whatever the weather

The Balmoral Summerhouse : classic Garden by Garden Affairs Ltd
Garden Affairs Ltd

The Balmoral Summerhouse

Garden Affairs Ltd

16. A tried and tested way to use wood in your garden, decking looks beautiful, neatens everything up and offers you a solid platform to socialise on!

Courtyard House  -  East Dulwich:  Terrace by Designcubed
Designcubed

Courtyard House — East Dulwich

Designcubed

If you can't get enough garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 19 Delightful Decking Ideas (To Improve Any Size Garden).

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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