There's nothing that soothes the soul like time spent in the garden. Whether it's an afternoon spent with friends having drinks outside or a weekend spent pottering around and embracing your green thumb, there's so much to enjoy about the great outdoors. Not to mention, the many mental health benefits of gardening like reducing stress, embracing mindfulness and building self-esteem. Deciding how to plan your garden and make the most of the space can be tricky. So to help, we've rounded up 8 garden ideas that will take your outdoor green space to the next level.
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When designing your garden having the right outdoor furniture is key. When selecting furniture think about how you want to use your garden. Are you looking for it to be somewhere to relax? Or is it somewhere to entertain? Outdoor furniture should be an extension of the style in your home and should complement your garden design.
If there are empty spaces in your garden fill them by adding some oversized pots. Choosing pots in different sizes in the same colour will help to draw the eye to the space while looking chic and unified.
Not only do garden beds add height to your garden they also serve a functional purpose of keeping your pathway clear, keeping pests away from your plants and stopping weeds from growing. These raised garden beds make the perfect addition to any size garden.
Give your garden depth by adding layers of plants in a variety of sizes, colours and textures. This will make your garden feel bigger by playing an optical illusion on your eyes and making them believe there is more space then there actually is.
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There's nothing better on cold Winter evenings then gathering around a roaring fire. For a garden idea with serious firepower, create your own firepit using simple items like some old bricks and a steel bowl. We guarantee that this will turn up the heat in your garden!
Add a pop of colour to your outdoor walls and take your plants vertical. Not only does a vertical garden look cool but it will help you save space for even more plants!
Adding in a glass cabinet can act as a mini-greenhouse for your plants. Greenhouses allow for plants to be better protected from pests and harsh weather, and enables them to grow in a controlled environment. Now, thats a stylish yet practical garden idea!
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As the name suggests, screen plants help to create a green wall to minimise noise from your annoying neighbours and provide some extra privacy to your garden space. Some of the plants that work best include bamboo, little gem magnolia and viburnum.