How to get the most out of your garden in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Follow these tips for green thumbs in no time

Animal Crossing fences
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Gardening in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can easily become a full time job but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to create a stylish green space. Whether you want to create an elusive blue rose, get started with flowering shrubs, or design the ultimate profitable yet stylish orchard, here is our ultimate guide to getting the most out of your garden in Animal Crossing. And, don’t worry, once you’ve finished your own garden, there’s still plenty to do. There are ten villagers who need to be worthy of the Chelsea Flower Show too. Good luck.

Flowers and seeds

Animal Crossing flowers and seeds

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Regardless of whether you’re an avid real life gardener or someone who always panics about finding that one vase when they’re sent a celebratory bouquet, flowers will become your instant new obsession in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When you first arrive on your island, you’ll have native flowers already happily growing on your cliffs but there are actually eight different types available in the game. Cosmos, hyacinths, lilies, mums, pansies, roses, tulips, and windflowers can all be found, planted and watered to turn your island into a colourful smorgasbord of petals. While you’ll find some new seeds available to purchase in Nook’s Cranny, you’ll want to visit other players to complete the set. 

Animal Crossing hybrid garden pattern

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When it comes to planting specific colours though, here’s where Animal Crossing’s botanical offerings get interesting. While each type of flower has a number of different colours you can happily plant, there are also rarer hues available that can be grown through the hybrid process. If you have dreams of a monochrome black and white rose garden, you’re going to have to start breeding your flowers. The best way to do this is to set up a fenced off area separate from your garden specifically for creating new colours. Then, plant the colours you want to mix in a chessboard style pattern for the new versions to grow in the middle. For an in-depth look at colour combinations, bookmark GamesRadar’s hybrid flower guide and remember to water with your trusty watering can until the plants sparkle. 

Animal Crossing gardening flowerbeds using dark dirt path

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Once you have grown your ultimate selection of colours, you can start styling your garden. An easy flower bed hack is to load up the Island Designer app on your NookPhone and select the dark dirt path option. It’s not necessary as flowers will grow happily on grass - and everywhere else that isn’t tiled - but paint this on the ground where you’d like to plant your flowers for an instant soil look that clearly delineates your green fingered sections. Keep your flower breeds separate to keep things looking tidy but from here, the sky’s the limit when it comes to design options. It’s also worth remembering though that if you haven’t got paved paths, you’ll need to keep a shovel handy to keep new flowers in check after a day of rain on your island.

Fencing & hedges

Animal Crossing fences

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Given that it might be somewhat overwhelming at first to landscape your entire island and call it your garden, it’s important to bring some boundaries into Animal Crossing. Thankfully the extensive fencing recipe options available to buy with Nook Miles mean you can seal off individual gardens in a unique style. The Simple Wooden Fence makes things that little more homely while something like the Zen Fence brings a minimalist Japanese feel to proceedings. Whichever of the many fences you choose, each one has to be crafted with resources to create 10 individual fence pieces. And the good news is that weeds even come in handy when it comes to crafting hedges.

Animal Crossing: flowering shrubs

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If fences and plain hedges don’t really fit your style, then you’ll want Leif to arrive in your plaza. This green-fingered sloth comes to town every so often to sell a variety of bushes. These are seasonal, making it possible to plant bushes that will bloom at specific times of the year. If you want a winter garden of holly bushes in a section of your island, or a colourful summer walkway as part of your garden, keep an eye on the seasonal flower options. Helpfully, when he arrives Leif will let you know what’s currently in season to let you design accordingly.

Trees

Animal Crossing trees

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Trees in Animal Crossing aren’t just for making your island look pretty with a variety of fruit. Cherries, peaches, apples, oranges, pears, and coconuts are a lucrative source of income if you’re hoping to speedily pay off your loan. This means it’s essential to find a garden solution that’s easy on the eyes but also on your bank balance as you gradually take over the island. One solution is to use the odd tree and stump as a way to bring nature into your garden but also dedicate a separate section of your island as an orchard space. You, quite literally, might not be able to see the wood for the trees but your mortgage repayments will thank you and there’s a certain joy to be found in such even lines.

Animal Crossing: Orchard

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Design the ultimate patio 

Animal Crossing patio

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Animal Crossing might feel relaxing enough as you fish the night away or swim through its cool waters as the sun sets but a patio space is a satisfying addition to your island. Download a decking design - try one from Creator Code MA-8285-8825-5686 - and you can transform your garden into a modern outdoor escape. Place indoor plants such as the Monstera to extend your living area to the outside world and you could always make the most of summer with a well-placed pool. If you don’t like your particular pool colour, other players have different hues so always check with your friends to find out the colours of the items they can buy with Nook Miles. Customise a Pool Lounger with an Able Sisters pattern for the ultimate peaceful retreat away from the hubbub of your central plaza.