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Garden Ideas and Designs

A beautifully designed garden is as important as the emphasis we place on the designs of our interiors. After all, our grounds (however modest) frame our homes and contribute to first impressions not only of our houses, but also of the households within. Options for garden designs can be as elaborate or low maintenance as your lifestyle and preferences permit – consider both your aspirations for how it should look and how much time you can invest in garden maintenance. Consulting a gardener or landscape designer will ensure you have a garden that suits your lifestyle, the local climate and soil conditions. But don’t forget that with Houzz your first stop can be collecting images of garden ideas and designs you love in order to inspire your garden plans and potentially share them with a landscape gardening professional.

How do I come up with a front garden design?


The priority for a front garden is kerb appeal. Begin by considering the area immediately around and leading up to your front door. You may want to opt for front garden designs that blend well with the style of your home – for example, abundant foliage and flowerbeds will perfectly complement a period property, whereas man-made materials, geometric shapes and contrasting textures are great ideas for a contemporary garden design. Even if your front garden is a small space, keep it tidy – if you have more space, make the most of it with garden ideas and features such as a manicured lawn, gravel driveway, water feature or garden fencing. If you don’t have the time or commitment to devote to gardening, then neatly pruned hedges, statement paving, hanging baskets, garden benches and outdoor lighting are all decorative, low maintenance garden ideas for your front garden design.

How should I design my back garden?


Back gardens typically offer more space than front garden designs and serve a more recreational purpose, so it’s important to know how you want to spend time in your garden before you design it in order to build in the features that you will enjoy. If you love relaxing in the garden and dining al fresco, think about patios, decking, garden furniture and BBQs. For the more horticulturally-inclined, incorporate flower beds, greenhouses or vegetable garden designs. Your landscape gardening professional can help you install structures such as sheds, pergolas and gazebos that complement your garden design, and artfully-placed garden ideas such as lawn edging and lighting will add definition to your chosen design.

How do I create a low maintenance garden?


The great news is, gardens aren’t exclusively for the green-fingered. Whether you’re not horticulturally-inclined or simply don’t have the time for a bit of landscape gardening, you can still have a garden design that looks the way you want by making some smart design choices. While many of us favour low maintenance gardens like urban gardens, roof terraces and patio gardens, lovers of greenery don’t need to sacrifice grass for paving slabs. Whatever you want from your garden, there are a variety of gardening solutions that can be built in to make life easier. For example, labour intensive features such as vegetable patches, greenhouses and flower beds can be optimised with an automatic irrigation system. These can be offset with fuss-free garden ideas such as hard landscaping, including gravel, paving or decking, and hard-wearing evergreens that require minimal upkeep. You might even consider replacing your garden fencing with slow growing hedging, which can be maintained less regularly than wooden fence panels.

If having a lawn is important, there are different types of grasses in varying degrees of durability and maintenance. You may choose to take a more relaxed approach to your lawn – “wild” garden designs can have great charm if the grasses and flowers are chosen carefully. If you prefer a manicured lawn, it’s a good idea to invest in a “mulching” lawn mower that will recycle clippings and remove the need for cleaning up. Finally, there isn’t a more low maintenance garden lawn than artificial grass which can look highly realistic and keep your garden looking green. Garden ornaments are a great way to add interest to your low maintenance garden design – go for smart garden ideas such as solar garden lights which are both decorative and functional.

Find some of the most popular design ideas on Houzz.
Traditional garden in West Midlands with a garden path.

Garden Designed by Ian Smith MSGD of Acres Wild. Winner of the SGD Large Residential Garden Award 2014
Traditional garden in West Midlands with a garden path.
central low-level flower beds with trees - webuser_945219288

This is an example of a medium sized contemporary back full sun garden in Hampshire with natural stone paving and a potted garden.

My client had a severe hayfever allergy so the garden was designed with low allergen materials such as artificial grass and the plant selection was based on non-wind pollinated plants, flower shapes that reduce pollen exposure and ground cover plants to prevent weeds.
Stepping stones - goodheads

Photo of a contemporary garden in London.

Simple but stylish garden with a seating area for relaxing and for outdoor eating.
Photo of a contemporary garden in London.
Enclosed section, neighbour has large conifers, trellises above fencing - jaclyn_milovic

This is an example of a small contemporary back garden in London with a potted garden and concrete paving.

Nathalie Priem
This is an example of a small contemporary back garden in London with a potted garden and concrete paving.
Cedar fencing, cooling effect of greenery, raised beds - ginola100

Design ideas for a world-inspired side garden in London with a water feature and natural stone paving.

Design ideas for a world-inspired side garden in London with a water feature and natural stone paving.
lighting and changes in levels nice flooring - twresearcher

This is an example of a contemporary back garden in Berkshire with a potted garden.

This is an example of a contemporary back garden in Berkshire with a potted garden.
Levels and lighting are really effective - webuser_713267385138058

Inspiration for a small classic back formal garden in London with a potted garden and decking.

Roberto silva
Inspiration for a small classic back formal garden in London with a potted garden and decking.
jendela dapur utk akses ke taman samping - srie_panggabean

This is an example of a rural back full sun garden in London with a vegetable patch and gravel.

Nicola Stocken-Tomkins
This is an example of a rural back full sun garden in London with a vegetable patch and gravel.
פינה לשתילת ירקות - maor_portal

Inspiration for a medium sized traditional back partial sun garden in Hertfordshire.

Looking across the garden a year after it was planted. Richard Brown Photography Ltd
Inspiration for a medium sized traditional back partial sun garden in Hertfordshire.
inspiration for Wood St backyard - apauser46

Inspiration for a contemporary back garden in London with a potted garden.

Inspiration for a contemporary back garden in London with a potted garden.
Zones plus sunken trampoline hole - kate_renouf

Design ideas for a classic partial sun garden in Manchester with a garden path and natural stone paving.

Barnes Walker Ltd
Design ideas for a classic partial sun garden in Manchester with a garden path and natural stone paving.
If you don’t have one of these gates hanging around already, or even a suitable opening to affix one to, could you find a lovely weathered version and prop it decoratively against a prominent wall as a feature? Surround it with plants that will soften its edges to help it to settle in. - francetetreault

Inspiration for a contemporary garden in London.

Lorenz Ferla Garden view from Kitchen
Inspiration for a contemporary garden in London.
so much garden - jo_twyman

Design ideas for a contemporary garden in Other.

Carolyn Grohmann
Design ideas for a contemporary garden in Other.

This is an example of a small contemporary back partial sun garden in London.

A close up view of the semi-formal bed.
This is an example of a small contemporary back partial sun garden in London.
Love the dense planting - terry_patterson92

Inspiration for a contemporary garden in London.

Charlotte Rowe Garden Design. Beautifully lit courtyard garden on two levels. Accessed by the drawing room and kitchen as well as the garage. The walls are rendered in the same colour as the pale limestone paving.
The sleek, simple, but sophisticated design of the back garden along with the nicely spaced out lights - kkmutt

This is an example of a rural garden in Surrey.

This is an example of a rural garden in Surrey.

Photo of a country courtyard formal garden in West Midlands.

Ani Evans Photography
Photo of a country courtyard formal garden in West Midlands.
Pots - rtpmarfell

Inspiration for a small victorian formal garden in London with gravel.

Topiary is a fantastic way of adding evergreen structure to a garden. You may think that you won't be able to or can't get the budget together for an amazing garden like this with no budget to speak of.But you can plant your own -( free-) box parterre- by taking box cuttings, either from a friend who is trimming their box plants, or by going into the forest and taking some cuttings.Box is a tree that grows in the wild in many forests.Box cuttings taken in late summer or early autumn will root quickly and be ready for planting out the following spring.
If you could recreate the obelisks in the background, I would buy them from you. You just can't buy them anywhere - fiona_scott2823072

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