Garden design ideas, inspiration & pictures

  1. Low Maintenance Garden:  Garden by Cherry Mills Garden Design
  2. A private garden in West Hampstead, London:  Garden by Bowles & Wyer
  3. Need help with your garden?
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  4. Small Garden with a Very Steep Slope:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
  5. Moroccan style garden:  Garden by Gullaksen Architects
  6. Outdoor Kitchen:  Garden by Design Outdoors Limited
  7. Gravel and water garden area:  Garden by Jane Harries Garden Designs
  8. Need help with your garden?
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  9. Camberley firepit:  Garden by Lithic Fire
  10. Log Cabin:  Garden by Garden Affairs Ltd
  11. Urban Courtyard for Entertaining:  Garden by Bestall & Co Landscape Design Ltd
  12. Terrace with furniture:  Garden by Gardenplan Design
  13. Garden wood-fired oven:  Garden by wood-fired oven
  14. Stone Water Fountain:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
  15. White Horse Pub:  Garden by Hampshire Design Consultancy Ltd.
  16. Eco Fencing project:  Garden by Atkinsons Fencing Ltd
  17. The Gallery Garden:  Garden by Cool Gardens Landscaping
  18. Ayrshire outdoor living:  Garden by Lithic Fire
  19. Traditional Garden:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
  20. Garden - Canary Wharf:  Garden by Millennium Interior Designers
  21. Brudenell Avenue, Canford Cliffs, Poole:  Garden by David James Architects & Partners Ltd
  22. Saheel Villa:  Garden Shed by Hortus Landscaping Works LLC
  23. Claremont Road:  Garden by Will Eckersley
  24. Small, low maintenance garden:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
  25. RHS Cardiff 2015:  Garden by Best4hedging
  26. Modern Garden with a rustic twist:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
  27. Urban Courtyard for Entertaining:  Garden by Bestall & Co Landscape Design Ltd
  28. Little Eden:  Garden by Aralia
  29. Contemporary Split level terrace:  Garden by Gardenplan Design
  30. Sculpture with Hostas, Day Lily and Rose:  Garden by Gardenplan Design
  31. Minimalist Garden:  Garden by Landscaper in London
  32. Courtyard Garden:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
  33. A view across the garden to the "tea house" inspired seating area:  Garden by Lush Garden Design

What are some great garden ideas?

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. 

How do I effectively plan a garden? 

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.

How can I improve my garden décor?

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!

What are some patio, terrace & decking ideas? 

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. 

How much will a garden renovation cost?

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. 

What are the essentials that I need for my garden?

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.