19 wonderful little gardens that will inspire you to redesign yours | homify

19 wonderful little gardens that will inspire you to redesign yours

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An old Chinese proverb offers us some sage words of wisdom;

’If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a month, get married. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, grow a garden.’

Thousands of years later, this advice still holds up. Not much else in this world provides quite as much pleasure as walking through your own little patch of tamed nature, surrounded by wild flowers, plants and insects. In fact, the only thing that beats enjoying your garden is the act of cultivating it.

Gardening is a beautiful pastime and an impressive skill. It's an activity that relaxes the mid and lets us forget our daily struggles, putting us back in touch with nature and the life cycle of the world around us. Just contemplating a beautiful garden can clear and clarify our minds and put us in a better mood, so it makes sense to take care of that small patch of land attached to your home. Here are 19 ways to do so. Be inspired…

1. Make a feature of warm wood—sturdy wooden walls and benches complement the tamed borders of greenery.

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Contemporary Garden Design Balham


2. A small garden of flowers and shrubs at the entrance to your house is the perfect welcome home.

3. Keep it rustic with flagstone pavements, chunky gravel, and a lush, vivid lawn.

4. Small and charming! This verdant lawn leads to a concrete outdoor living room at the end of the stepping stones.

5. Desert vibes abound in this cacti-filled garden. The white and orange paintwork on the walls echoes the colours of the shifting sands of the Sahara.

6. Careful and neat, this garden works with sharp lines and meticulous pruning to keep everything tidy and in its place. The niches in the wall are a nice oriental touch.

7. This interesting variation on the desert garden features stones as a protagonist, and is dotted with small patches of vegetation.

8. This entrance has just the right balance of plants, flowers, and pebbles. Very zen…

9. This garden path twists and turns through a small but charming Garden of Eden…

10. These stone slabs fan out around this villa like a crown, leading visitors to the grand, imposing entrance.

11. Who says gardens have to be outside? A small interior garden brings harmony and peace to this modern hallway.

12. Let nature run wild next to built-up areas of the garden. This low-lying stone shed is brightened by the sunshine yellow blooms growing through the gravel.

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Modern Family garden in North London

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13. Connect your garden to your living room, blurring the line between inside and out.

14. Use shrubs and small trees to form a neat and elegant border to your home.

15. Borders aren't just suitable for the front of your home—use them in the backyard to form a pathway down to the end of the garden.




16. This small and cosy garden includes a green wall and LED lighting set into the stonework—how original!

17. Tropical inspiration for the garden that has everything.

18. Keep your facade minimal and chic by choosing long grass plants and monochrome pebbles.

19. And if you don't have a garden? Not to worry! Hang textured and one-off pots from the walls to create your very own indoor hanging garden.

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