Gardens are now an extension to our homes, in the UK we are using our gardens more and more and it is important for us to design our outdoor spaces correctly to get the best use out of it for our own family.

You may be lucky enough to have the perfect garden already but otherwise it maybe overgrown and wild, uninspired or not designed for your current needs.

With a bit of inspiration you can change that. When thinking about revamping your garden space follow these steps below to get the most out of your area.

 

1.  Define what you want from your space.

What do you need your garden to be the most? Here are just some ideas to get you thinking.

Kids Play Area
Eating with friends & family
Growing your own fruit & vegetables
Relaxation area
Hot Tub
Summer House

 

2. What kind of style do you want

You can gain inspiration from lots of places for what kind of style you want, its best to create some kind of mood board, you can do this by looking at magazines, search through google images or social media like Instagram. I would suggest using Pinterest, you can create a board full of ideas you like and from there get a feel for what you like and dont like.

For example do you like formal geometric lines, or informal natural areas?

Types of styles that you can look at are:

Small gardens/balcony gardens
Social Gardens
Family Gardens
Classic Gardens
Modern Gardens
Cottage Gardens
Tropical Gardens Relaxing Gardens
Wildlife Gardens

3. Follow into your garden the style of your house.

Dont ignore the style of your home interior when designing your garden, you want the inspiration to flow. So if the rooms leading to your garden is very modern & clean lines you may not want to add a cottage garden, alternatively you may not want a tropical garden if you have a very traditional home interior.

4. Measure your total outside space 

Measure the perimeter area of your garden and if your garden isn’t a rectangle shape make sure you draw this out on paper to ensure you get all measurements.

5. Map your garden onto paper using a scale

Its best to use graph paper to draw to scale your outside area. Make sure you mark any fixed structures such as sheds, garages.

6. Mark the shaded & sunny areas

Understand and mark onto your map areas of shade and sunny areas throughout the day, as well as the types of soil and if there is any differences in the height of the ground. Also think about your neighbours that are connected around your garden boundaries, ie are you overlooked, do they have large trees or conifers on border lines. Will your design cause un-necessary stress to your neighbours, will your plan be against the law.

7. Think about partitioning

If you have more than one requirement then you may need to think about partitioning the area. You can partition areas off from each other in a garden using Shrubs, Trellis, Archways, or use decorative items like these coloured bottles to segregate areas.

8.Create a focal point

Think about having a single focal point in your garden, like you do in a room in your home with a feature wall, fireplace etc. This could be a wood burner, bbq area, painted fence, summerhouse.

 

9. Plan in your key requirements

What were your key requirements from question 1, you need to allocate how much space you are going to create that area with, ie do you need a dining area & a play area, are you going to make this 50/50 space. Once you’ve decided this, plan where you are going to put them.

 

10. Creative walkways

Think about using walkways to divide spaces up, again checkout pinterest for some ideas.

11. Respect the weather 

Do you need to plan for a cover over certain areas in a gazebo, umbrellas or awnings. Are you likely to need heating, what about a log burner or fire pit?

12. Mood Lighting

There are lots of ideas you can put in a garden to create different moods.

13. Colour

How can you add colour into your garden, can you use colourful paint ideas on fences & sheds, The obvious one is through plants and plant pots. What about adding some decorative items such as colourful jars hung within the trees. 

14. Storage

A practical necessity, think about how you can obscure them.

15. Summerhouses

There are lots of different types of the old fashioned shed. You can have a She Shed, Mans Cave Shed, Summerhouse for sitting in. Look for inspiration online.    

I hope you enjoyed reading, my latest blog & have lots of ideas now for the new year. Please feel free to ask any questions or leave feedback below.

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Have a look at my previous blogs below you may find something else to read. You can also visit my Outdoor Living Shop where I have lots of fab accessories for your garden.

Michelle x


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