Garden ideas are ever-changing and what we love about the variety of outdoor trends and looks this year is the fact that there is something for absolutely everyone, and for all types of outdoor space, too. If you have a small garden but are yearning to create a little piece of paradise, we've got you covered, while if you're looking for colourful garden design ideas, clever planting tricks and more, you just need to keep scrolling through our roundup of garden inspiration below.
If you're revamping your outdoor space as part of a bigger garden design project, check out our feature for all the information you need.
1. Start small with container planting
Where would we be without container gardening? It works for absolutely every type of garden space under the sun for the simple reason that you can position your plant pots wherever best or possible for your space. Container gardening is brilliant, especially for renters who want to take their plants with them, as you have the chance to get creative with both the plant, and the pot, to make a really beautiful display. Mix it up with herbs and scented flowers. Hydrangeas look great in a container, while you can team upright florals alongside trailing plants like Creeping rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus) or Ivy (Hedera) for more interest.
2. Grow herbs and blooms (even on a balcony)
Raised beds are roomy and perfect for vegetables that need it most. But should you be short on space, containers work a treat for many types of veggies, flowers and most especially, for herb gardens. So for those that enjoy putting their best Chef hat on in the kitchen, having the freshest ingredients to hand is a must and it can be achieved with container planting!
3. Display containers imaginatively
If you're in a small garden setting then working vertically is a lifesaver – but this clever trick will work in bigger spaces, too. Container plants will not only jazz up step ladders (and hide any ugly walls), but having flowers displayed at different levels, brings a heightened level of interest and energy to even the tiniest of spaces. So get creative with how you arrange your containers because they are the most flexible planting option going!
4. Plant on wheels
A gorgeous example of how to work with what you have, this is proof that you really can plant anywhere. Before taking old wheelbarrows or even barbecues to the skip, think about how to repurpose them as decorative plant containers. You may need to drill in drainage holes, but once that is sorted, fill them up with an array of foliage. Try Hosta, Caladiums, ornamental grass or you could even go for a wildflower mix for added colour and texture. Thrifty and fabulous.
5. Repeat planting and colours for impact
For an eye popping display, repeat planting of wild flowers and the likes is the way to go as seen in the beautiful garden of this restored 17th-century country cottage. Choose tall growing perennials that are colourful (and hardy) for year-round interest. Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) are an all-time favourite for both modern and traditional or even cottage gardens settings, – bees love them too – while Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), Hollyhocks (Alcea), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Caprifoliaceae) and Globe Thistles (Echinops bannaticus) are great choices for bold summer colour and fragrance.
6. Use repeat planting to draw the eye to a focal point
Whether you've a gravel, stone, cobbled or other kind of garden path, you can make a feature of it with the simple addition of container plants. Line them up in sequence to define the area, and it's up to you whether you mix and match both flowers and pots, or go for a bit of statement repetition.
7. Create a view and draw the eye with a winding pathway
Especially important in sloping gardens, planting up to create a beautiful backdrop will be worth it when you're able to look up and enjoy the view from your patio, or even from the back door in all seasons. Choose evergreen plants for year-round interest, while towering wildflowers are a must for the summer months. Although sloping gardens can be more pricey at the design stage, there are unique benefits to this structure and they make the perfect canvas for water features and even fountains.
8. Design garden borders with plants at different heights
A little drama goes a long way in a garden setting. Whether you've a small garden, lawn or no lawn, filling your garden borders with a variety of plants is the perfect way to add interest. The key is to fill all the gaps so that no bare soil is showing, – ground cover plants can help with any patches – and to have a mixture of large and small varieties. The specific plants you go for is, of course, down to personal preference, but you should take into account whether they will do well with the positioning in your outdoor space, and consider companion planting too. We love how the palm elevates this garden border, complementing the surrounding greenery.
9. Add trees that become focal points
Outdoor spaces and trees go hand in hand, and if none currently feature in your garden space, we would highly recommend them.
Should you be so lucky to home mature trees, these can be a great starting point for your garden design, adding natural height and structure to your garden layout. And other than being an attractive feature, trees also create wonderful habitats for birds and wildlife, act as filters for noise and air pollution and, of course, help to purify the air around you.
If you've a small garden garden, it's the perfect opportunity to introduce small trees in containers. Apple trees, cherry trees and birches are classic garden additions and will take a while to establish so there's every reason to start tending to them in small, manageable pots asap. Maple trees bring gorgeous colour, especially in autumn, and along with Olive, Fig and Citrus trees, which aren't the largest when fully grown so can work well in small to medium sized gardens.
10. Start a kitchen garden in raised beds
There's a whole host of fruit and veg that you can grow in your garden and it's one of the most satisfying and wholesome pastimes about. More and more people in recent times have been rediscovering what it is to grow your own organic produce at home. There's endless beauty to working with nature, and you can do it no matter what size garden you have. What's more, you will feel oh so proud when you're having a cup of tea in your garden, only to see all your fruit and veg growing happy. Many even flower, like courgettes and broad beans, so you're guaranteed a gorgeous – and tasty – display. For advice on starting your kitchen garden we have got you covered.
11. Pick low planting for a small courtyard to exaggerate space
Using low planting in a courtyard garden is a great way to create the illusion of space. When there is a lot happening at ground level, especially with the addition of garden lighting like this Malvern outdoor lighting bundle from Lights4Fun, and accessories, it adds interest and more depth to what you thought was just a pretty standard courtyard.
12. Choose rambling climber plants to create privacy
Climbing plants will bring glory to every garden space. Climbers are enormously inviting to wildlife, and offer beautiful views and backdrops in the process. Trailing foliage and fragrant flowers adds interest to vertical surfaces, pergolas and to any space you have, plus, trailing plants are the ideal solution to unsightly garden walls, trellises or areas of your outdoor space which would be better off concealed.
Some plants will need training and tying in to start them off on your structure, – such as Jasmine (Jasminum trachelospermum), Honeysuckle (Lonicera) and Clematis (Clematis x jackmanii) but they will then intertwine themselves. While others like climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) and Ivy (Hedera) are self-clinging and will support themselves.
13. Plant indestructible succulents for low-maintenance but high-impact
We are big fans of plants that you can't kill, which is why succulents are a no-brainer for every type of garden space. Whichever you choose, their funky colours, shapes and texture will bring a modern feel to your outdoor space, and you simply need to pot them up in coarse, gritty soil, in a pot that absolutely has to have drainage, set them up in a sunny spot and then you can let nature do the rest.
14. Create a green wall – but frame it for impact
We love the added impact that the frame adds to this succulent display and introducing a green wall, also known as a living wall is a surefire way to add interest to your garden. Visually, they are beautiful and will draw the eye up, creating the illusion of a grander space, while they also help create a soothing and positive ambiance which we all want in a garden. Then, as little floor space is required for this feature, it also makes it the perfect addition to small gardens.
In living walls, the planting will be on soil-based modules/membranes and fed via an irrigation system so the water is evenly distributed to the plants, depending on their needs. You can also water by hand.
Which plants to use depends on the style of your garden and on your personal preference, but we recommend that you opt for evergreen varieties to ensure a beautiful display, all year. Climbers are a great choice if you want your green wall to grow up directly from the ground, so Jasmin, Honeysuckle and the like are nice options.
For a natural finish try ferns such as Adiantum (maidenhair fern) and different varieties of Ivy (Hedera). While succulents, as seen in the above living wall, will create a stylish and tidy finish. Another bonus with succulents as mentioned, is that they are very hardy and can take all sorts of weather, which means you won't have any trouble maintaining your green wall all year round!
15. Use cheap landscaping materials to maximum effect
Landscaping your garden can be done on a budget, you just need to be resourceful. Opting for decking, and choosing sustainable materials like timber and other hardwoods for your space is not only cost-efficient, but also creates a rustic and quality finish. Timber, oak and even teak can be perfect for a busy garden area as they are durable and stable materials that can deal with heavy footfall. Your decking will need a good pressure wash every once in a while to keep algae and any slipperiness at bay, but it's sure to keep your garden looking fine for years to come.
For more decking ideas be sure to visit our inspiration page.
16. Turn a side return into a sheltered seating spot
You can make use of your side return in many ways. But if an extension isn't on your home improvement wish list, then transforming this space into a natural extension of your garden is a must. The added bonus, on top of the brilliant use of fairly dead space, is that it will feel really cosy and intimate. Add a roof, make a small garden coffee table the centrepiece, gather round your favourite chairs and just add foliage for your own piece of paradise.
17. Choose decking that will add texture and warmth
Decking can make or break a garden look. Choose wisely and you will enhance your space, making it work both practically and aesthetically. We love the dark matte finish of this decking area as it adds natural warmth and depth to this already pretty stunning area of the garden.
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18. Pick wood-effect composite for no-maintenance decking
We love rustic and weathered finishes in decking which can complement both traditional and contemporary settings. Choosing high-quality, natural materials will ensure your patio area is built to last and will help create a more eco-friendly garden setting also. The decking here brings a relaxed structure to this outdoor dining area, while the natural colours, minimalist design and addition of surrounding plants, keep it modern and inviting.
However – this decking is a lookalike composite. All of the benefits of the looks of the wood, without the upkeep.
19 . Zone different areas in your garden at design stage
Defining ‘zones’ in your outdoor space is a clever way to create the illusion of different rooms in your garden. This can be achieved using plants, different landscaping materials and garden fencing – even garden furniture to create areas for lounging, cooking, eating or whatever else you require from your outdoor space.
20. Build a pergola to create private zones
Building a pergola to house a seating area is a great way to create the illusion of a bigger and brighter space. The eye is drawn up, and lots of light is welcomed in, yet your outdoor area will feel cosy and contained to boot. Perfect for dinner, or even just cocktail hour.
21. Pick a pale stone for your patio to max space and light
The patio can often be the focus of a garden so always make sure you allocate enough space for one. If you've a tiny garden, light stone will help create a spacious feel and will let you make best use of this area!
Whether yours is to be the perfect spot for lounging, eating al fresco, entertaining, or all three, be creative to ensure your set up is stunning. Consider if you want yours under shelter or completely al fresco, both are inviting looks, it simply depends on your preferences.
22. Define your garden dining area with colours and planting
Much like the patio can be the focal point of a garden, the dining area is where it all happens. Whether you've a small bistro table set up for two, or a large family dining set for al fresco dinners a-go-go come summertime, be sure to make it stand out. Surrounding your table with planting can help zone the space, while added accessories – be them on or off the table – will add interest, colour and character. It goes without saying that garden lighten will make all the difference. Try layering lighting for more effect and for a brighter space all-together – especially ideal when you're eating. Use lanterns, scatter tea lights on the table – choose citronella ones if you aren't into mozzies – alongside solar-powered lighting above, even hanging from the trees, to create endless ambiance.
23. Arrange a garden seating area like you would a living room
A seating area makes every garden space sing, and it's an opportunity to create the ultimate spot for relaxation. From sun loungers, to day beds, even on a small balcony or patio, you'll be able to squeeze in a solo hammock or hanging seat, and it will make all the difference. How to get the best out of it? Arrange the furniture as if it were indoors – so chairs grouped around a garden coffee table, a sun lounger next to a side table... and so on. It will look better designed, be more inviting and so much more comfortable to use.
24. Add atmosphere with ground level lighting
There is no better way to create atmosphere and ambiance in a garden than by choosing low-level lighting. These gorgeous spherical LED globe lights add interest by day and light up by night, proving they can be both stylish and functional in every type of outdoor setting.
25. Add warmth with a log burner
Perfect for when the sun. goes down, – especially if you've marshmallows close by – a log burner in itself brings warmth, and in this garden patio setting, the terracotta hue perfectly complements the pots and pared-back colour scheme. This spot couldn't get anymore serene if it tried.
26. Use pallets to create a quick, cheap corner sofa
A corner sofa can make the best use of space, especially if you have a big family, and it needn't be expensive if you DIY your own with wooden pallets like above for a charismatic, yet rustic finish. This is one cheap garden idea that boasts a cosy and stylish result with the simple addition of mix-matched cushions and throws.
27. Colour-coordinate your seating area, with your home
These deck chairs tick all the boxes. Nautical, in a cool way, and the reason that they look so good – despite the lack of sand and an inflatable beach ball – in this garden setting, is because the colours perfectly coordinate with the exterior house paint and window shutter colour.
28. Jazz up a courtyard garden with a hanging chair
Hanging around in a hanging chair is the ultimate treat on a summer's (or any) day. These work so well in courtyard gardens, helping to add a little modern character to minimal surroundings. Add your own style and a touch of comfort with accessories, cushions and more, whether you want to go all in with pattern, or keep it light and neutral as seen above in this hanging teardrop hanging chair from Cox & Cox, you can create the ultimate nook.
Don't miss our pick of the best hanging chairs.
29. Add a green roof to sheds and garden rooms
If you're one for keeping nature at the heart of your space, then adding greenery to your garden buildings is a brilliant place to start when designing a wildlife friendly garden. Originally introduced as a means of better insulating homes, and absorbing rainwater, green roofs are both beneficial and beautiful. Not only will it create a harmonious colour scheme, but it will also be very inviting to wildlife. It goes without saying that you will need to ensure the correct structural support of your building, as they can be considerably heavier than a simple roof.
For a thick and lush green roof, that isn't extensively heavy, it's wise to choose, hardy, low maintenance plants that don't require copious amounts of soil. Opt for Alpines, succulents (Sempervirens) and evergreen shrubs and herbs like Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi) or flowering Thyme (Thymus vulgaris).
30. Attract wildlife with a water feature
A garden water feature is a swell idea and can work with both traditional and modern garden designs. If you are installing a water feature, or garden pond, remember that it will become a focal point and that you will need to make plans for this early on. If you are phasing your design – perhaps doing a patio first and moving on to other features as budget allows – then make sure you won't have to undo hard work to retrofit pipework. And, if yours is a small garden, just the trickle of a solar powered fountain in a large bowl will work a treat.
31. More space? Why not add a wild swimming pool
Including a pool (a paddling pool doesn't count) in your garden design will make your space very special indeed, and you have a few different options, depending on how much space you have available. A natural pool is a wonderful way to feel in touch with nature and will let you dabble in a little wild swimming, in your own backyard. Finish the look off with some gorgeous deck chairs, and who needs to hop on a plane anyway? For advice on how to add a swimming pool to your outdoor space be sure to read our feature.
32. Use scented climbers to frame a walkway
There's nothing quite as pretty as a walkway in your own garden, especially when yours is covered in fragrant and beautiful climbers. Height is key to draw the eye upwards, so making an archway over a garden path, or even including a pergola, are brilliant options not just for large gardens, but also for small garden designs. Fastigiate shrubs and non-invasive climbers are the perfect combo. Rambling roses, Jasmine (Jasminum ✕ stephanense), Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinesis) or another species of Wisteria, and Clematis are also sound choices to add a touch of brilliance.
33. Give garden gates a new lease of life with paint the colour of blooms
Painting a garden gate in a bright and playful colour is a simple way to bring life into your outdoor space. Fresh, modern and cheap to do, using a bold colour is one of the easiest ways to nicely interrupt a pared back garden design that deserves a bit more oomph.
34. Add colour to a deck to complement your planting
Plants are gorgeous in their own right, but, why wouldn't you exaggerate their hidden colours with what's in your surroundings? Simply painting your garden deck in a similar hue can help your flowers' colouring stand out. Plants can help define zones too, especially if you go for a strong colour theme by area. So, if your dining space has dark-coloured decking and walls, deep purple plants with rich blue hues will look the part. While if your lounging space has say, a white wall behind it and light-coloured decking, this will make white and pastel coloured flowers look incredible.
35. Or mimic a garden fence pattern in containers
The similar lines of both the garden fencing and the containers (on wheels might we point out) brings continuity to this design and adds a bit of depth to what is quite a simple display. From the materials, to the planting itself, it's a feast for the eyes and ideal to bring even an awkward garden corner to life.
36. Paint garden walls to create an outdoor living room
Outdoor living spaces aren't just reserved to those in very warm climates. And you can create one easily, no matter what size garden you have. It should be inviting, stylish and super comfortable, of course, so that you can wile away the hours in front of your outdoor projector or with a magazine in hand. Use different colours on fencing or walls to create separate zones for your outdoor living room. White is a good backdrop for lounging areas that you want to feel bright and sunny, while deep greens are good for more of a zen space, perfect for yoga and the likes. Use rich shades, such as blue or aubergine, to create more atmosphere during long summer evenings, and brights like red, orange or yellow will add instant energy.
37. Colour block in bright colours to exaggerate space
Colour blocking works a treat both indoors and outdoors. Use this technique to bring small garden spaces to life. What do we love about this look in particular? Note how the colour on the walls complements a few of the plant pots on the table. If you ask us, it's the perfect way to cheat more room into a small courtyard or garden dining area.
38. Or, enhance your decking area with light colours
White wash decking is a surefire way to bring the feeling of a beach hut, to your own back garden. And, when teamed – as above – with painted white bamboo shelter, it can really make a small space sing. Speaking of singing, we're getting Mamma Mia! vibes from this garden look. Get it right in your own space, and you won't even need to get on a plane, to feel like you're kicking back on a beautiful and remote Greek island.
39. Add pattern to a small patio floor with paint
Getting arty in a small garden goes a long way, and the proof is in this stunning patio floor. The terrazzo print was simply created using masonry paint, and toothbrushes, but the effect is second to none. For what is such a simple painting hack, it adds instant colour, energy and interest, and is much more affordable than pulling up old patio tiles and replacing them. Head over to our resident terrazzo painting queen's Instagram page @emilysmith30 for more inspo.
40. Enhance your space with garden lighting
Well positioned lighting can completely transform your garden space, adding the final touch to a seating or dining area, or highlighting beautiful planting spots and other areas of your outdoor space at night. There are endless garden lighting ideas to try for all types of gardens and outdoor spaces. Consider the kind of atmosphere you'd like to create and choose your outdoor lighting accordingly. Perhaps you like the relaxed, boho vibe that is easily achieved by hanging some festoon lights and accessorising with tea lights and lanterns?
You may want to opt for something elegant and permanent, such as a pendant or porch light. And if security is a concern, you may want to think about flood lights. Last but not least, the colouring and strength of your lights will contribute to the overall effect.
41. Light up your trees with solar lights
One of the most Midsummer Night's Dream-esque garden ideas going, plus, using solar lighting in your garden is a really eco-friendly and economical way to bring more light to your space come sundown. Fairy lights, like these solar powered fairy lights from Cox & Cox are so easy to style in all types of garden space, big and small. Discreet yet really effective, hang them loosely within your tree canopy, over a balcony railing or running through containers in a smaller spot and enjoy.
42. Add a living pod that is modern to boot
If you're ready to take your outdoor living room to the next level, and if you have the room, adding a living pod like this one is the next jump. With more structure, it's a surefire way to create an outside space that's perfect for relaxing and having a laugh in, with the whole family. Choosing a building that is beautiful and contemporary in structure is key for this modern garden idea to ensure that you create a refined finish, while you should make sure that it's weather resistant too so you have shelter when you need it, and to make it last for years to come.
43. Camouflage a greenhouse with greenery
Greenhouses are not only great for growing and propagating a whole host of plants, but they are also the perfect solution to garden storage needs and can instantly add more appeal to your garden.
Yours doesn't need to be enormous, or made from glass. Many are often made with plastic sheeting, simply to help trap the heat of the sun inside. Whichever structure you choose, you have the potential to grow lots of veggies and new floral additions for your garden in quick time. And should you want to conceal a not-so-gorgeous plastic greenhouse, just up your planting game!
A few of our faves to grow from the inside include tomatoes, peas, squash, mushrooms and more, but you really have no limits. While outside, take on a little invasive Ivy, Jasmine and the like to cover your greenhouse in style.
Should you be working with a tiny, or even courtyard garden, there are lots of clever and cute small greenhouses or even cold frames to incorporate into the outdoor space you do have, and for advice on greenhouse gardening be sure to visit our guide.
44. Add a garden room – but make it your own
Garden rooms are more popular than ever right now as they offer a cool, and often more affordable, alternative to an extension. You may now be working from home full time and in need of a little separation from the house/kids during work hours (kids are noisy), while the added space could even double up as a yoga studio, home cinema or guest house (when we can invite relatives to stay once again!). The choice is yours, and there are plenty of different garden room ideas and styles around, modern or traditional, to fit in with your garden design. We are a big fan of this garden room come summer house which adds a contemporary touch to a small and simple garden design.
45. Create a cool garden office
If you are now working from home full time then a garden office may be on your list of priorities and adding an outbuilding can fit the bill. Use yours as an office, or maybe as a place to retreat to when your working day is done but what's great about these garden buildings is that they are functional and can add a really interesting structure to all types of gardens. This converted shipping container is a nod to the industrial trend and makes the perfect spot for both work and play.
46. Disguise your BBQ
If you have one of the best BBQs about then you may want to have it on show. But, if you want to be more discreet and have the barbie sit in with the rest of your garden's style, there are plenty of nifty ways to do so. This cool outdoor kitchen setup features a BBQ on wheels by Ikea and the wood that conceals it helps keep the entire look, undisrupted. What a beauty, and yes, it's teamed with brilliant storage too.
47. Create a Chef's paradise
If you love cooking and dining al fresco on every possible occasion and want to take it further than a BBQ, then why not create a fully equipped kitchen in your garden? This will allow your inner chef to come alive, letting you cook in different ways, plus it will have all preparation and plating-up space, as well as super-useful features like sinks, fridges and lighting that you need to impress your guests. Go for a slick yet simple design for a suave finish and you'll feel like your dream Michelin star restaurant has come to you!
See our feature on creating an outdoor kitchen to find out how you can master this space.
48. Start a garden party, with a garden bar
Every modern garden needs an outdoor bar, right? Because, what better way to feel like you're abroad (when you're on staycation) than by serving up a Piña colada or two from your very own garden bar. The beach vibe from the Honolulu bar from John Lewis really fits the bill for us this summer, but there are so many cool and contemporary, or even rustic garden bar options out there to suit your setting perfectly.
49. Opt for simplicity with natural materials
You may be a minimalist, or you may prefer simple garden ideas as you haven't got much time on your hards, either way, there are plenty of small additions and changes that you can make to your outdoor space to create your desired garden look. Choosing neutral fabric colours and natural materials in Scandi-like garden furniture is effective to create a zen area. And to finish off your space with ease, try scattering wildflower seeds in surrounding spots for colourful and elaborate growth that's not overbearing and that doesn't ask for a lot of effort, or maintenance.
50. Choose a white colour scheme in a courtyard garden
Opting for a light colour scheme in a small garden space can help brighten up the room you do have, making it seem more airy and inviting. We love the harmonious colour scheme of this vintage-style courtyard setting. The painted white table, chairs and white wash walls all come together in a very subtle yet beautiful way, and this works perfectly in what is a pretty tiny garden space.
51. Or go for bright, bold garden furniture
Bright garden furniture can make all the difference to an outdoor space, and what's so great about it, is there is something to suit every type of garden style and personal taste. A small but bold-coloured bistro set with low seating can add even more personality to small, but modern patio. While if you have more space to play with – and a big family in tow – you'll find grand coloured corner seating sets and more to cater for all your style needs, no problem.
52. Dress your garden furniture like you would indoors
Whether it's dining, lounging, or both that you've envisaged for your garden space, the right furniture will be functional and enhance a space a space no end, making it welcoming and inviting for all who will use it. Choose comfort and quality to ensure that your pieces stay in good condition throughout the seasons.
Most important? Add weather-resistant accessories to make your garden furniture more inviting – from cushions and throws to outdoor rugs.
53. You could even add an outdoor rug
Bring a bit of your lounge (physically) outside, by adding an outdoor rug to your garden seating area. We love the vibrant pattern of this one from Maisons du Monde. It's jazzy and cosy at the same time, making it a great centrepiece for this space, and the perfect spot to lounge in at lunch, or after a long day working from home.
54. Add drama with billowing curtains
Adding curtains to your outdoor patio area is a great idea to bring a sense of the indoors, to your outside space. They will move softly in the wind, – caution if you have a BBQ around please – to add atmosphere and energy aplenty. Plus, if you choose a light colour, the eye will be drawn up further, creating the illusion of space.
55. Pick a theme – and head for the Med
It's clear why Mediterranean gardens are all the rage and choosing this style is a surefire way to make you feel like you're in the South of France, on the Spanish coast or even further afield which, let's face it, is the escapism we all need in 2020. Choosing brights when it comes to garden furniture is key for this garden design idea, while you should favour plants that are renowned for their fragrance and colour also. Citrus, Fig and even Olive trees are ideal large plants, while herbs like Lavender, Rosemary and Eucalyptus work well in containers or as border plants to create a natural and relaxed ambiance around a patio area.
56. Or, head for the Caribbean
There's nothing more playful then opting for a Caribbean theme in a garden. Choose this tropical garden design idea and lush foliage teamed with bright, dramatic flowers will completely ignite your space. Tall palm trees, and large shrubs such as Fatsia japonica will add shape and drama, while ferns create texture and are perfect additions to shade gardens also. Match your planting with sleek and contemporary seating, or even rattan garden furniture and you will have created a veritable oasis.
57. Bring home Moroccan vibes
Moroccan decor is pretty timeless, and there's nothing more perfect for a garden party setting than colourful lanterns, and intricate designs on everything – from furniture, to tableware and accessories. Bring the heat to your outside dining settings with mismatched furnishings, layers of detail (it's all about the detail) and let yourself day dream of exploring vibrant souks, while you're in your own back garden.
58. Choose a Spanish-inspired garden style
Perfect your staycation with Spanish-inspired garden set up. This simple table and bench is actually perfect for intimate family gatherings, while the adorning bright soft furnishings will make you feel like you're in Barcelona, even on a drizzly day! The key, like we've mentioned with Med-inspired gardens, is bright and bold colours, patterns and texture. The exotic planting and greenery add energy to the area, creating the happiest of holiday garden vibes.
59. Pick the low maintenance looks of a Zen Japanese garden
High detail yet minimal and refined, we're talking about zen garden design. A group of Acers adds stunning impact, while a solo Japanese Maple Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' can be such a distinctive feature in its own right. If a Japanese style garden is what you're trying to achieve, you'll want to include large rocks, freshly raked gravel (very satisfying to achieve), bonsai and ornate detailing.
60. Make your garden design child-friendly
If you've got very young children, it's worth considering garden ideas for kids, choosing hard landscaping, surfaces, plants and play structures to create a space that not only suits your family now, but will be future-proofed, too.
61. Go to town on your front garden, too
A front garden is not to be forgotten, especially as if you have the luxury of having one. Ensure yours introduces your home as it deserves. Depending on how much space you have, you could line the path to your front door with shrubs and more evergreens, in a formal or relaxed fashion. Be sure to edge your lawn to keep it tidy, and not only will it make you smile when you come home, but it will add instant kerb appeal to your property too.