Garden design ideas, inspiration & pictures

We all know the the benefits of having a green space in our homes, but we either have too little room for a garden or fear the work involved in its maintenance. Which is why we often don’t consider creating something amazing we could enjoy every day. Nowadays, simply having few pot plants at home is the closest we get to an actual garden! But if you feel it’s finally time to get your hands dirty, we have all the answers here.

How can I easily improve my garden?

As with everything in life, it depends on how much space or budget you have. If you have lots of room then, congratulations - the sky is your limit!

Take a look around and see what you’d like to have in your space. Maybe changing some furniture is all you need to improve your garden - when we use it on a daily basis, sometimes we don’t even notice how worn out and pale they’ve become. So get rid of them and replace them with some trendy new pieces instead. If you haven’t yet got a water feature in your garden, maybe that’s an option to consider. It’ll be easy to install and will definitely change the atmosphere of the space.

For smaller places like small terraces or balconies, improve them by being a bit creative. Maybe there's a wall you can turn into your own vertical herb heaven? With a small space, keep it simple and practical and choose straight-line elements such as square pots instead of round ones, as they are the most space efficient.

Where to start when designing my garden?

You should always start with the question ‘why do I want to renovate my garden?’ What is missing? What is there that I don't need? And what do I wish I could do in this space?

Answering these questions will help you design what you actually need. Don't be fooled by fancy photos you see in magazines! For sure they are someone's perfect garden, but now it's you who wants to build their dream. Be honest with yourself. If you know you won't be maintaining the space regularly then you should go with a plan that is low maintenance. How do you use you space? Do you enjoy cooking outside? Do you like to host your guests outside? Do you use it in winter time and does it make sense to have a fire pit, for example? Or would you rather save the space for a swing instead? Do you have children who regularly spend time outside? How can you entertain them better?

When you’ve answered all these questions, then it's time to look at your space. Is it north or south facing? Do you want a seating area in the sun or do you prefer shade? Is there a tree you want to preserve? How can you best integrate it in your design? Depending on where in the space sun shines, you should plan where to plant your greeneries and trees. Throughout this process, don't be afraid to ask a professional for their opinion - after all, how many gardens have you renovated?

How can I make my plants last longer?

If you want a garden that flowers in every season, you should identify the different cycles of various plants and plan your space accordingly. Ideally, you should opt for a mix of perennial and seasonal plants.

There are many different factors that affect how much a plant blooms. The most important among them are the age of the plant, how much light it receives and how nutritious the soil is. So you can use these factors to get the most from your plants in every season. There are also other steps for taking good care of your plants:

Water regularly but not too often: This sounds easy, but it’s very important to understand the water requirements of each type of plant, and to make sure that they each receive what they need.

Plant sitter for when you are away: If you’re going on holidays and won't be around to water and protect your plants, have someone come by and take care of them in your absence. Damage done in your absence might cause the loss of a big, loved or expensive plant. A small arrangement with a neighbor might be worth a try - after all, you can return the favour any time!

Protective insulation: Install a fence to keep harmful animals away and ensure there are no pests damaging your plants without you noticing. If you’re too busy to water the garden by yourself then consider installing a self-watering system which will assure your plants’ hydration. It’s an easy-to-install and very effective solution for taking care of your space.

Finally, we come to fences, from which there are many options to choose; wood, brick, aluminium, chain-link and bamboo. But choose carefully, as your garden should be in harmony with your entire home. For example, if you have industrial-style interior design, maybe choosing bamboo for your fencing isn't such a good idea.