The colour of your paving and the way it is laid can provide a strong design direction for the entire garden. For instance, grey or white stone laid in a random pattern will set the scene for a French country look. Black or silver paving organised in a regular design will form the perfect backdrop to a sleek and modern scheme, while golden stone arranged in a mixed pattern creates an English country feel.

Coordinate your plants and paving

Purple flower in a flowerpot on stone blocks floor
If you want to create the garden of your dreams, attention to detail is everything. Create a beautiful scheme by coordinating your blooms with your choice of paving. For example:
• Grey or white stone looks great with purple and white blooms.
• Black and silver paving looks amazing with strong colours such as red, orange and yellow.
• Golden paving works with flowers that have soft tones – pink, lavender, and chalky yellow.

Plan your planting

Soft focus bright yellow color of spring flowers Mahonia Aquifolium against the dark green of the plant Wonderful natural background for any ideaThe best designs start with structural plants infilled with pretty, flowering plants. So use evergreen shrubs at the end of each border and as punctuation along the way. Include small shrubs such as box balls, or large evergreens, for example mahonia, for bigger areas. Once you have this frame, fill the gaps with pretty flowering plants. Try to stick to just five or six different types and arrange them in repeated patterns for a coordinated and harmonious effect.

Remember the four seasons

A sunny herbaceous border with vibrant red Tulipa sprengeri flowersWhen you're choosing flowering plants try to make some of them 'out of season' performers so you have some year-round colour, or put in spring and early summer bulbs to get the garden off to a great start.

Pay attention to your boundaries

Backyard wildflowers MontanaIn a small garden, boundary walls, fences or hedges may be the biggest element in view, so it's really important to get them to look good. They don't have to all be the same but try to provide visual links between them. You could have the same type of fence, for instance, and grow climbers up them in in coordinating colours. If you aren't able to change the fences, whitewash them or clad them with battens or trellis. Check with your neighbours first to establish whose fence it is and ask permission before doing any work.

Integrate your ornaments

Tranquil garden landscape and water featureThe most important rule with garden ornaments is to nestle them in with the planting. An ornament or water feature (great for wildlife!) plonked in the centre of an empty space is unlikely to look good. If it's too small it will look lost and something too big will overwhelm the space.

Create a garden room

The House Beautiful Signature Collection by Crown Pavilions
A garden room is a great way to maximise and extend your space, whether you want a home office or a yoga studio. Think about ways to make your garden more than just an outdoor area to eat, drink and soak up the sunshine. House Beautiful has partnered with Crown Pavilions to launch a range of contemporary garden rooms that have all been thoughtfully designed to become a natural extension of your home and garden space.
But, if space is limited in your garden, consider zoning areas of your garden. Think about how you can make it into a relaxing sanctuary with cosy garden decor and tactile furnishings. For example, invest in an outdoor rug (Cuckooland sell a great selection of Fab Hab rugs made from recycled plastic) with chunky knit throws, lanterns and outdoor cushions for a warm, inviting and cosy feel.

Don't forget the lights

Bumble Bee Solar Fairy LightsSpeaking of lighting, please don't underestimate how important it is to create atmosphere in your garden. Whether it's a string of fairy lights or lanterns dotted about to create a garden path (Lights4Fun do some great designs), the lights you choose will bring real character to your space – and it's essential for dining alfresco well into the evening." name="description"/> The colour of your paving and the way it is laid can provide a strong design direction for the entire garden. For instance, grey or white stone laid in a random pattern will set the scene for a French country look. Black or silver paving organised in a regular design will form the perfect backdrop to a sleek and modern scheme, while golden stone arranged in a mixed pattern creates an English country feel.

Coordinate your plants and paving

Purple flower in a flowerpot on stone blocks floor
If you want to create the garden of your dreams, attention to detail is everything. Create a beautiful scheme by coordinating your blooms with your choice of paving. For example:
• Grey or white stone looks great with purple and white blooms.
• Black and silver paving looks amazing with strong colours such as red, orange and yellow.
• Golden paving works with flowers that have soft tones – pink, lavender, and chalky yellow.

Plan your planting

Soft focus bright yellow color of spring flowers Mahonia Aquifolium against the dark green of the plant Wonderful natural background for any ideaThe best designs start with structural plants infilled with pretty, flowering plants. So use evergreen shrubs at the end of each border and as punctuation along the way. Include small shrubs such as box balls, or large evergreens, for example mahonia, for bigger areas. Once you have this frame, fill the gaps with pretty flowering plants. Try to stick to just five or six different types and arrange them in repeated patterns for a coordinated and harmonious effect.

Remember the four seasons

A sunny herbaceous border with vibrant red Tulipa sprengeri flowersWhen you're choosing flowering plants try to make some of them 'out of season' performers so you have some year-round colour, or put in spring and early summer bulbs to get the garden off to a great start.

Pay attention to your boundaries

Backyard wildflowers MontanaIn a small garden, boundary walls, fences or hedges may be the biggest element in view, so it's really important to get them to look good. They don't have to all be the same but try to provide visual links between them. You could have the same type of fence, for instance, and grow climbers up them in in coordinating colours. If you aren't able to change the fences, whitewash them or clad them with battens or trellis. Check with your neighbours first to establish whose fence it is and ask permission before doing any work.

Integrate your ornaments

Tranquil garden landscape and water featureThe most important rule with garden ornaments is to nestle them in with the planting. An ornament or water feature (great for wildlife!) plonked in the centre of an empty space is unlikely to look good. If it's too small it will look lost and something too big will overwhelm the space.

Create a garden room

The House Beautiful Signature Collection by Crown Pavilions
A garden room is a great way to maximise and extend your space, whether you want a home office or a yoga studio. Think about ways to make your garden more than just an outdoor area to eat, drink and soak up the sunshine. House Beautiful has partnered with Crown Pavilions to launch a range of contemporary garden rooms that have all been thoughtfully designed to become a natural extension of your home and garden space.
But, if space is limited in your garden, consider zoning areas of your garden. Think about how you can make it into a relaxing sanctuary with cosy garden decor and tactile furnishings. For example, invest in an outdoor rug (Cuckooland sell a great selection of Fab Hab rugs made from recycled plastic) with chunky knit throws, lanterns and outdoor cushions for a warm, inviting and cosy feel.

Don't forget the lights

Bumble Bee Solar Fairy LightsSpeaking of lighting, please don't underestimate how important it is to create atmosphere in your garden. Whether it's a string of fairy lights or lanterns dotted about to create a garden path (Lights4Fun do some great designs), the lights you choose will bring real character to your space – and it's essential for dining alfresco well into the evening." property="og:description"/> The colour of your paving and the way it is laid can provide a strong design direction for the entire garden. For instance, grey or white stone laid in a random pattern will set the scene for a French country look. Black or silver paving organised in a regular design will form the perfect backdrop to a sleek and modern scheme, while golden stone arranged in a mixed pattern creates an English country feel.

Coordinate your plants and paving

Purple flower in a flowerpot on stone blocks floor
If you want to create the garden of your dreams, attention to detail is everything. Create a beautiful scheme by coordinating your blooms with your choice of paving. For example:
• Grey or white stone looks great with purple and white blooms.
• Black and silver paving looks amazing with strong colours such as red, orange and yellow.
• Golden paving works with flowers that have soft tones – pink, lavender, and chalky yellow.

Plan your planting

Soft focus bright yellow color of spring flowers Mahonia Aquifolium against the dark green of the plant Wonderful natural background for any ideaThe best designs start with structural plants infilled with pretty, flowering plants. So use evergreen shrubs at the end of each border and as punctuation along the way. Include small shrubs such as box balls, or large evergreens, for example mahonia, for bigger areas. Once you have this frame, fill the gaps with pretty flowering plants. Try to stick to just five or six different types and arrange them in repeated patterns for a coordinated and harmonious effect.

Remember the four seasons

A sunny herbaceous border with vibrant red Tulipa sprengeri flowersWhen you're choosing flowering plants try to make some of them 'out of season' performers so you have some year-round colour, or put in spring and early summer bulbs to get the garden off to a great start.

Pay attention to your boundaries

Backyard wildflowers MontanaIn a small garden, boundary walls, fences or hedges may be the biggest element in view, so it's really important to get them to look good. They don't have to all be the same but try to provide visual links between them. You could have the same type of fence, for instance, and grow climbers up them in in coordinating colours. If you aren't able to change the fences, whitewash them or clad them with battens or trellis. Check with your neighbours first to establish whose fence it is and ask permission before doing any work.

Integrate your ornaments

Tranquil garden landscape and water featureThe most important rule with garden ornaments is to nestle them in with the planting. An ornament or water feature (great for wildlife!) plonked in the centre of an empty space is unlikely to look good. If it's too small it will look lost and something too big will overwhelm the space.

Create a garden room

The House Beautiful Signature Collection by Crown Pavilions
A garden room is a great way to maximise and extend your space, whether you want a home office or a yoga studio. Think about ways to make your garden more than just an outdoor area to eat, drink and soak up the sunshine. House Beautiful has partnered with Crown Pavilions to launch a range of contemporary garden rooms that have all been thoughtfully designed to become a natural extension of your home and garden space.
But, if space is limited in your garden, consider zoning areas of your garden. Think about how you can make it into a relaxing sanctuary with cosy garden decor and tactile furnishings. For example, invest in an outdoor rug (Cuckooland sell a great selection of Fab Hab rugs made from recycled plastic) with chunky knit throws, lanterns and outdoor cushions for a warm, inviting and cosy feel.

Don't forget the lights

Bumble Bee Solar Fairy LightsSpeaking of lighting, please don't underestimate how important it is to create atmosphere in your garden. Whether it's a string of fairy lights or lanterns dotted about to create a garden path (Lights4Fun do some great designs), the lights you choose will bring real character to your space – and it's essential for dining alfresco well into the evening." name="twitter:description"/>
Garden Design Ideas To Make The Best Of Your Outdoor

Garden Design Ideas To Make The Best Of Your Outdoor

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These garden design ideas are the key to a scheme you'll love for years to come. From getting your lawn into shape to landscaping, decorating with ornaments and maintaining boundaries, try these garden ideas to transform your outdoor space.

Landscaping sets the tone

Aged Riven paving from BradstoneThe colour of your paving and the way it is laid can provide a strong design direction for the entire garden. For instance, grey or white stone laid in a random pattern will set the scene for a French country look. Black or silver paving organised in a regular design will form the perfect backdrop to a sleek and modern scheme, while golden stone arranged in a mixed pattern creates an English country feel.

Coordinate your plants and paving

Purple flower in a flowerpot on stone blocks floor
If you want to create the garden of your dreams, attention to detail is everything. Create a beautiful scheme by coordinating your blooms with your choice of paving. For example:
• Grey or white stone looks great with purple and white blooms.
• Black and silver paving looks amazing with strong colours such as red, orange and yellow.
• Golden paving works with flowers that have soft tones – pink, lavender, and chalky yellow.

Plan your planting

Soft focus bright yellow color of spring flowers Mahonia Aquifolium against the dark green of the plant Wonderful natural background for any ideaThe best designs start with structural plants infilled with pretty, flowering plants. So use evergreen shrubs at the end of each border and as punctuation along the way. Include small shrubs such as box balls, or large evergreens, for example mahonia, for bigger areas. Once you have this frame, fill the gaps with pretty flowering plants. Try to stick to just five or six different types and arrange them in repeated patterns for a coordinated and harmonious effect.

Remember the four seasons

A sunny herbaceous border with vibrant red Tulipa sprengeri flowersWhen you're choosing flowering plants try to make some of them 'out of season' performers so you have some year-round colour, or put in spring and early summer bulbs to get the garden off to a great start.

Pay attention to your boundaries

Backyard wildflowers MontanaIn a small garden, boundary walls, fences or hedges may be the biggest element in view, so it's really important to get them to look good. They don't have to all be the same but try to provide visual links between them. You could have the same type of fence, for instance, and grow climbers up them in in coordinating colours. If you aren't able to change the fences, whitewash them or clad them with battens or trellis. Check with your neighbours first to establish whose fence it is and ask permission before doing any work.

Integrate your ornaments

Tranquil garden landscape and water featureThe most important rule with garden ornaments is to nestle them in with the planting. An ornament or water feature (great for wildlife!) plonked in the centre of an empty space is unlikely to look good. If it's too small it will look lost and something too big will overwhelm the space.

Create a garden room

The House Beautiful Signature Collection by Crown Pavilions
A garden room is a great way to maximise and extend your space, whether you want a home office or a yoga studio. Think about ways to make your garden more than just an outdoor area to eat, drink and soak up the sunshine. House Beautiful has partnered with Crown Pavilions to launch a range of contemporary garden rooms that have all been thoughtfully designed to become a natural extension of your home and garden space.
But, if space is limited in your garden, consider zoning areas of your garden. Think about how you can make it into a relaxing sanctuary with cosy garden decor and tactile furnishings. For example, invest in an outdoor rug (Cuckooland sell a great selection of Fab Hab rugs made from recycled plastic) with chunky knit throws, lanterns and outdoor cushions for a warm, inviting and cosy feel.

Don't forget the lights

Bumble Bee Solar Fairy LightsSpeaking of lighting, please don't underestimate how important it is to create atmosphere in your garden. Whether it's a string of fairy lights or lanterns dotted about to create a garden path (Lights4Fun do some great designs), the lights you choose will bring real character to your space – and it's essential for dining alfresco well into the evening.