Everyone has their own idea about what constitutes a dream garden. Firstly, you should always keep the conditions of the land in mind, as well as your own personal preferences and taste. Inject a ‘feel-good’ factor into your garden design to help it feel welcoming and inviting to both you and your guests—and to impress the neighbours! For those blessed with green fingers, you can let off steam and get your creative juices flowing by implementing your own design. Browse through our image archives to find your perfect garden design ideas, small garden ideas & landscaping design ideas.
In order to effectively plan your garden, you should first gather some ideas, and, if need be, enlist the help of a gardening expert, landscape designer or landscape architect. It’s always advisable to consult an expert, especially if you intend to make major changes. Ultimately, they know all about weather-resistant materials and low-maintenance plants. Let them know what type of garden ideas you have in mind during the planning stage, and see their imagination run wild! First things first, get yourself a free consultation.
For those who have the luxury of a large outdoor space, a full advantage can be taken to decorate the luxurious outdoor space. From sun umbrellas to upholstered furniture, sofas, pillows and chairs, there are myriad products out there that can add colour and texture to your garden or terrace. Don’t forget that the colour of your flowering plants can be used as a decoration too! You can easily set a desired mood with the garden accessories or decorations you choose. For example, if you wish to create a moody romantic space, think about installing lighting that will conjure up this atmosphere. Alternatively, if you’re more the traditional—albeit quirky- type, try adding a friendly gnome or bird bath for that special something!
Since most gardens branch out from a patio, deck or terrace, the design of these spaces should go hand-in-hand with your garden. In terms of flooring, there are a variety of options, materials and designs available. While timber has a warm and traditional feel, stone exudes a cool elegance (and is also very easy to clean and maintain). Ultimately, what you choose is a matter of taste, and dependent on the conditions of your environment.
The amount you’ll need to fork out for that dream garden depends on exactly what you’d like to be done, and how much work you’re prepared to put in yourself. For a complete garden redesign, prices start from around £7000 for a smallish garden, once the landscaping is finished and the professionals paid. Daunting though that price may sound, it’s reassuring to look at a breakdown of costs for the component projects, allowing you to prioritise if you’re on a budget. There’s no set cost for renovation. It mainly depends on the size and scope of the project, the type of materials used – such as plants and paving.
Patio: If you’re after a basic 4m x 2m patio, you’ll be looking at an average cost of about £800 for a 2-day installation. Ensure that any quote covers the removal of excess soil and that the patio is laid on hardcore, cement or sand, rather than the soil itself.
Patio replaced with lawn: Finally, time to go green! The cost for uprooting an existing patio or deck and replacing it with a 4m x 2m lawn is around £500 for 2 days’ work. This should include skip hire and waste removal.
Decking: Similarly, a 4m x 2.5m deck will take roughly 2 days to complete and set you back around £900.
Shingle path: A relatively simple job, laying a 6m x 1m single path should be complete in a day and cost £500 tops. Don’t forget that a weed-suppressant membrane should be laid underneath.
Pond: This delightful garden addition is surprisingly hard work if you tackle it yourself, so invest in the help of a landscaper who can complete it in 2 days. A 1.5m pond will cost somewhere between £400 and £800 for digging, lining and filling.
Raised vegetable beds: If you’re dead set on eco-conscious self-sufficiency, you’re going to need some raised beds! Providing the ground is already flat, a 4m x 1.5m bed is a relatively straightforward addition and will set you back somewhere between £200 and £700.
No garden, however small, would be complete without a few key features. First and foremost, we’re talking a sturdy and sleek fence to keep out those prying eyes and frame your space with style. Next up, how could anyone in their right mind forgo a shed? This staple of British garden design is vital for keeping tools and furniture safely stowed. Hang on, did someone say tools? We all know that every self-respecting gardener needs at least a few power gadgets lying around for when some green-fingered inspiration strikes! Another essential for our changeable climate is a gazebo or shelter of some description. This ensures that no garden party can be ruined by the rain. And last, but by no means least, we’re talking barbecues. There might not be that many BBQ-friendly days in the average British year, but by gosh we’ll make the most of them.